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Capture the Saddle: The Mounting Block Lesson teaches great mounting block manners, plus it sets the stage for single-rein riding. 


The DVD is divided into two parts. The first half focuses on the mounting block lesson. Once I got the rider up, I couldn't just leave them there, waiting for the next DVD to come out, so the second half looks at a very basic single-rein riding exercise. You'll see the beginning steps that teach you how to ride on a triangle of the reins. 


Please note: I know many people think they can skip this lesson because they can already get on their horse.  But this lesson isn't just about getting on.  


The Mounting Block Lesson covers many key steps. It begins with an important ground work exercise that prepares the horse for riding.  


It makes sure that your horse understands rein cues and will respond to them before you get on. That's a critical safety step.


It teaches your horse great mounting block manners.  The end result of this lesson is a horse that will bring himself to the mounting block, line himself up and wait patiently while the rider gets on.

Clicker training turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. Lots of horses stand quietly at the mounting block. Clicker-trained horses bring themselves to the mounting block and line themselves up for the rider to get on.  


This is so much more than just a fun trick. Our horses love their training sessions. Clicker training makes riding so much fun for everyone - horse and rider alike. So any time one of our horses says "no" to coming over for a ride, we know they are trying to tell us they aren't feeling well. It's time to listen to them. The mounting block lesson gives our horses' a way to be heard. 

That's the first half of the lesson.  The second half introduces you to a basic single-rein riding lesson.  It looks at some of the key skills needed, the details that can make a huge difference to your horse, and it shows you the impact those details have on your horse's balance.  This is an important lesson for building first riding safety, and then great balance.

This DVD was first produced in May 2008

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Riding on a Triangle is really the part two of the Capture the Saddle DVD.  I recommend that you watch the Capture the Saddle DVD before moving on to this lesson.  It will make much more sense if you have already watched the previous lesson.  I refer back to that DVD and the work covered in it throughout this lesson.


In this lesson you will learn how to:


  • Use cues as problem solving tools.

  • Get a stuck horse to move.

  • Develop the beginnings of lateral work

  • Create a great riding relationship with your horse.


The longer we stay with an exercise the more good things we see it can give us.

Does your horse dance around at the mounting block? Does he sidle away as soon as you put your foot in the stirrup? This lesson shows you how to use the power of cues to interrupt this pattern. And once you're on, it shows you how to use the single-rein riding to get a stuck horse in motion. And once the feet are moving, how to use a basic cone circle exercise to create the beginnings of lateral work.


The longer we stay with an exercise the more good things it gives us.


This lesson beautifully illustrates this concept. It begins by looking at a very frustrating problem; a horse that siddles backwards each time the rider starts to get on. Over time horse and rider have evolved a long dance routine at the mounting block. The horse lines up beautifully, but she reads any move towards the stirrup as a cue to back up. Back up, come forward, back again. We've probably all seen it. This kind of mounting block jig is very common. 


So the lesson begins by looking at the power of cues to interrupt this long standing pattern. It adds extra layers to the "Capture the Saddle" lesson presented in Lesson 11. 


In the "Capture the Saddle" DVD you learn how to ask the horse to soften his jaw to the side and yield his hips to bring him to a stand still at the mounting block. So obviously, yielding the hips can get a horse to stop. Yielding the hips can also get a horse to go. The same basic exercise can create two very different results. In this DVD you'll see how we get a stuck horse to connect her feet to the reins and to go into motion.


That same softening the jaw and connecting the feet to the hips can now be used to ride a simple pattern around a circle of cones. This is the same exercise I introduced in the "Capture the Saddle" DVD, but now I'm going to take it a step further to show you an easy way to pop out the beginnings of lateral flexions. So in this one lesson we go from a stuck-in-cement horse to one that is beginning to flow into lateral flexions.


At the end of the lesson, just for fun, I show you what a horse can do who understands good balance.


Have fun!

This DVD was first produced in Sept. 2008

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There are no horses on this DVD - unless you count "Helen House Horse", our saddle stand.  (I explain the origin of the name in the DVD.)  By taking the horses out of the equation for the this lesson, the rider is freed up to concentrate on her own riding mechanics.  We look in detail at subtle changes that can make a huge difference to the rider's core security and the horse's overall comfort.


In this lesson you will learn how to:

Ride from your core.


  • Develop a Secure Seat.

  • Establish a Soft Feel.

  • Connect to the Hips.

  • Become an Effective Rider.

Little Details Make a Huge Difference!

Learn how to ride from your core by first practicing your rein handling without your horse. Little details can make a huge difference to the security of your seat, and the feel down your reins. In this lesson you'll put the "t'ai chi wall" to work for you under saddle. You'll learn how to ride on a triangle of the reins to create soft, effective communication down the reins.

In my book, "The Click That Teaches:Riding with the Clicker", I describe in detail the process of riding on a triangle - why you want to, what it does for your horse, how you introduce and develop it. The book gives you the framework around which these DVD lessons are presented. What I know from working with people is reading is an important part of understanding this work, but it needs to be accompanied by seeing what it looks like and getting the feel of it in your own body. The DVDs are an important part of this process.

If you've been working your way through the rest of the DVDs in this series, you're probably itching to get on and ride. You may have even given single-rein riding a try, and you no doubt have some questions about the rein mechanics. How do you slide down the rein? What are you supposed to be doing with your top hand? What is this soggy triangle that you've been reading about? And what is the triangle anyway that the reins are supposed to form? And how does this help you to connect to your horse and to ride better?


These questions and many others are answered on this DVD. It begins with a demo of the single-rein riding mechanics in which I go through the basic technique of sliding down the rein and then I show you many of the little details I've discovered that make a huge difference to the feel down the rein, the security of your seat, and the clarity of the communication.


The second half of the DVD shares with you some individual sessions participants at one of the 2008 summer clinics had on Helen House Horse. Watching them discover what a huge difference little details can make in their connection down the reins will help you with your own rein mechanics. You'll understand how to use bone rotations to create a soft feel down the rein. You'll be relaxed, but stable in your seat. Your horse won't be able to root you out of the saddle. You'll learn how to have a deep, secure seat, one that relies on good structure not tension to keep you in the saddle.


Handling skills matter. That's what we've seen over and over in this series. Both on the ground and under saddle, good mechanics make a huge difference to your horse. In this lesson you'll see how the t'ai chi rope handling skills evolve easily into the mechanics of riding on a triangle. Everything is everything else - as you'll see in this lesson.

This DVD was first produced in September of 2008.

Remember you can order the DVDs individually.  You can also order them as units.  If you  are still unsure what to order after reading the individual descriptions of the books and DVDs, check out the "What should I order?" page.

To help in your selection I have grouped the DVDs into units.  You can order all of the DVDs individually or you can save money by buying the Units.

Unit One

Unit 1:  Introduction through Lesson 4: $125.00 - save over 15% when you buy the set.  To learn more about each lesson click on the DVD lessons in the side margin.

Unit Two

Unit 2:  Lesson 5 through 8: $100 - save over 15% when you buy the set. To learn more about each lesson click on the DVD lessons in the side margin.

Unit Three

Unit 3:  Lesson 9 and 10: $50 - save 10% when you buy the set. To learn more about each lesson click on the DVD lessons in the side margin.

Unit Four

Unit 4:  Lesson 11 through 13: $75 - save 15% when you buy the set. To learn more about each lesson click on the DVD lessons in the side margin.

Unit Five

Unit Six

Unit 6:  Lesson 18 - Loopy Training plus Unit 1 - Intro and Lessons 1 through 4: $190 - save more than 25% when you buy the set. To learn more about each lesson click on the DVD lessons in the side margin.

© Alexandra Kurland - The Clicker Center

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