FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can a mechanical horse teach me that my real horse can't?
The simulator can teach you the correct position in the saddle whether you are working on balance issues, equal weight in your seat bones, half halts, leg position, transitions, leg yield, shoulder in, flying changes, tempi changes etc without getting fussy or tired. You can do the particular movement over and over until you get it in your body and gain new muscle memory. Most horses would not tolerate the same movement being tried over and over and over.
The simulator does not rear, spook, buck or bolt so you can concentrate solely on yourself and not worry about what the horse is doing. How much of your ride with your horse can you concentrate solely on your position?
What are the benefits of riding the Simulator?
The simulator allows you to concentrate on you and get into your body. Through the seat, leg, rein sensors, tv screen, the mirror, you can see instantly when you are in the correct position and when you are not. You can work on a certain movement over and over without upsetting the horse.
If you are suffering from fear issues, the simulator is fantastic tool to help a rider overcome their fears in a relaxed environment. They can gain their confidence back feeling safe and knowing they are riding correctly and balanced not perched or in the chair etc.
For those coming off an injury, it is an excellent tool to build the correct muscles to ride. There is no other exercise that can build the muscles we use riding other than a horse. The simulator is safe for the injured rider and the rider can go at their own pace.
You can practice your dressage test in the outdoor ring and go over and over the test . You cannot school over and over the same test with your horse as it will start to anticipate the movements.
While riding, whether it be at the walk trot or canter, the coach can be standing beside you at all times adjusting your leg position, core, shoulders or hands. This cannot be done by your coach when you are riding your horse. With the rider getting the right feel this can be transposed onto their real horse!
The simulator is a great place for new riders to learn to ride properly from the outset. It can teach them proper contact with the reins and show them if they are gripping or not with their knees or thighs. It certainly saves on the school horses from going through having their mouths pulled on or sides kicked.
The simulator does NOT take the place of a real horse. It is a tool to help us ride correctly and bring awareness to what our bodies are doing in the saddle. It is important to take back your new awareness to your horse and practice. The simulator can pinpoint your issues and with repetition you can correct your position and develop new muscle memory.
How many lessons on average do people come for?
It all depends on what the issue is. Some clients come for weekly lessons for a period of time. Some come twice weekly to work on a particular thing. Others come monthly and some come every few months. Others come to find out if they are balanced in the saddle. and return annually. There are clients that come just before a show so they can practice their dressage tests before the big day. Clients working on fear issues may come for a block of time until they can build their confidence and the fear dissipates.
Your simulator is the Dressage model. How can it help me if I am not a dressage rider?
Balance is balance whether you are a western rider, hunter, jumper, or trail rider. The simulator can teach anyone about balance on a horse and correct their position so they are riding correctly.
Will the simulator help my child?
Yes the simulator has a screen that is interactive where the kids can ride on a trail or through the trees. It has been compared to the Wii games. This keeps the child's attention. It is very safe to teach your child how to ride properly before they get on a real horse. This eliminates a lot of bad habits as they learn properly from the outset.