International Centre of Excellence for Rider Biomechanics
“Karin, thank you so much for teaching me how to ride. Having spent 30 years and thousands of pounds on lessons, being confused and never feeling in control, i.e. always anxious and not really enjoying riding.
I found you and after only a handful of lessons, where you’ve explained everything so clearly and identified several reasons why I haven’t been in control.
Today’s lesson was great and I feel for the first time in my life that I’m riding, more in control and loving it… if only I’d found you all those years ago.
Now back to my breathing and my riding hat!”Louise
“I think a lot of the instruction I have had in the past has actually made my riding worse, so it is fantastic to get some constructive advice that I actually trust, which yields visible and feel-able improvements that I can work with back here in Bristol. It is definitely well worth the drive up the M5!
Thank you for my lesson today. I feel very positive about my riding at the moment, that I’m making real progress after being stuck in a rut for so long!” – Helen
“It’s never too late to learn…
Learning to ride in my mid-forties was never going to be easy, but thanks to my sister-in-law, RWYM and Overdale Equestrian Centre, my childhood dream has finally become a reality!
Despite a lifelong love of horses, I never had the opportunity to ride as a child, (other than the very occasional pony trek) and, as time went on, I really thought I’d left it too late to start…
“My thoroughbred mare, Chi, insisted that I send along a note of thanks. She said to send a huge thank you for helping me get my body under control and more balanced. She has been trying for years to let me know via rushing, bracing, charging around, counter bending/dropping her shoulders, and general lack of relaxation, that I was in serious need of a major overhaul in my riding technique.
Yesterday, we had the best riding session ever. We even managed to pull off three 20m circles of relaxed, controlled canter and then into a nice controlled trot. That is a personal best. She was relaxed and breathing for every stride and I was ‘scootching down’ for all I was worth and grinning like an idiot.
I still have lots to fix and learn but just that half day has sent me light years forward in my riding. Thank you for time and knowledge.” – Heidi
“I have wanted to visit Overdale for a few years now with the intention of examining how I move on a horse as I was aware that I can be unlevel, and have various other persistent position faults that I have become a master of disguising. Last week I finally made it there and even now, a week later, I am still processing what I have learned.
Firstly, I was so impressed with the whole yard atmosphere. It was a cold morning and everyone was calm and cheerful, defrosting water and making sure the horses were attended to. I was welcomed by Karin and shown around. Each horse was very much treated as an individual, with respect and compassion. In response they were happy and confident, and very communicative…
“I first started learning to ride around 10 years ago. After 3 years with regular lessons, I hadn’t got very far to be honest and had no real connection or understanding with my horse despite his best efforts and those of my instructors.
Now at the age of 48 I am starting again from scratch. Just a few lessons with Karin and I already have a much deeper understanding of balance, where my weight should be in the saddle and am enjoying learning to ride more than when I first tried all those years ago.
With Karin’s help, I’m already certain I will become a much more sympathetic rider this time around, able to communicate a lot more clearly with my horse, and to listen to what he is telling or showing me too!” – Jonathan
“Thanks for punched in stomach picture! I did punched in the stomach with Bruce today when I rode him. Like Jim he can be a little stubborn about moving. It was extraordinary, he went into a trot without a set to and no asthma for me!
Thanks so much.”Nicola
“Karin and the Overdale team did a brilliant job preparing my wife, friends and me for a week of African Horseback Safari in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The training they gave us got us fit for the trip and made sure we had the horse sense to ride safely and confidently across challenging terrain with wild animals all around us.
Karin built up the confidence in a couple of nervous riders in our party and transformed them from reluctant riders into the most ebullient enthusiasts of our riding safari. Overdale’s expert coaching made sure we had a really wonderful experience riding in Africa. Thank you!” – Ben
“Hi Karin, I hope you and all the horses and cat are well.
I wanted to drop you a line to let you know that Sam and I finally completed our Mongolia trip. It was extremely challenging in lots of different ways not least the actual riding. I’d like to thank you for teaching me some of what you know as I’m pretty sure it saved me from serious injury if not death on at least one occasion.
Before Mongolia I would have said that it isn’t possible to maintain a strong bear down for more than a few minutes at a time but fear can be a great teacher!
Sam and I are having an extended holiday right now and plan to return to the UK in the new year. I look forward to returning for lessons at Overdale, assuming we can get work in Gloucestershire. All the best.”Tim
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