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Lightness : The Path to Connection Continues by Ryan Gingerich


Lightness : The Path to Connection Continues
Ryan Gingerich

Welcome to Connective Horsemanship and the second element of the most Innovative Training Programs in America.

Lightness is the consolidation of the New Language of Basic Control. With help from Ryan Gingerich, you will…

• Learn about strength of response to your new cueing language.
• Learn to recognize and teach flexion to your horse.
• Learn the techniques and exercises necessary to strengthen and lighten your horses responsiveness.
• Learn the critical head down cue.
• And much more…

Basic Control, Lightness, Rhythm, Line and Connection are the Five Elements of the Connective Horsemanship DVD series.


About Ryan

From his days riding his ‘stick horse’ and playing the Lone Ranger to the animals on his Grandfather’s Indiana farm, Ryan Gingerich has a love of horses that seems to transcend the normal horse and rider relationship. His ability to get into ‘the mind of the horse’ allows him to rehabilitate horses others have decided are hopeless. He often says, there are no bad horses, only bad training.

Ryan began his professional horse career as a trail guide. His love affair with the horse then led him to complete a national certification program where he continued working after graduation. His ability to work with troubled horses was put to good use there, and he continued to develop the bond with these horses that today has him branded as ‘The Behaviorist’. This title is well earned not only through his natural ability but through study and the application of scientific research into horse behavior. Ryan frequently refers to Dr. Andrew Mclean, Director of the Australian Equine Behavior Centre. Dr. McLean was so impressed by his communications with Ryan that he paid his own way to the United States to work with Ryan in person. They continue to share knowledge.


Ryan has developed his training program, Connective Horsemanship, using a marriage of science and tradition. His five elements of Connective Horsemanship offer a simple language for the rider and the horse. These five elements consist of Basic Control, Lightness, Rhythm, Line and Connection. This language, used exclusivly by Ryan and his students, requires that the horse need give only one response to one cue. When used correctly, Ryan's methods lead to a “deletion” of the incorrect behavior. This eliminates confusion in the horse and owner helping both to relax and learn. Ryan uses this technique to rehabilitate horses with behaviors that range from bolting and bucking to buddy sour. His method crosses all disciplines and is used at his National Equine Behavior Center in Troy, Missouri to rehabilitate every breed of horse from off track Thoroughbreds to Quarter horses.


This title is in the following categories:

Behavior/Psychology
Natural Horse Training
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