Equi-librium offers adults and children education in horseback riding, horse training, and management. The facility has two large outdoor arenas and is set in picturesque Stoddard, NH. The facility is operated and horses owned by Dorothy Crosby, who is certified as an instructor by both Centered Riding Inc. (CR) and the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). Dorothy is currently a Level III Centered Riding Instructor and Clinician. With CHA, Dorothy is certified Level III for English (including jumping) instruction, as well as for Western riding. A long time 4-H leader, Dorothy no longer hosts a 4-H Club, but is still available as a screened volunteer to assist clubs as needed. She has earned her 4-H New England Judges card. Dorothy has over 50 years of equine experience with over 35 years teaching students.
Equi-librium welcomes riders of all levels, abilities and disciplines! Mounted and unmounted lessons, clinics, and workshops are available on a variety of topics.
Dorothy is also the Director of the Riding Program at Southmowing Stables in Guilford, VT, where she teaches and manages the horses and barn. All lessons and programs are available at Southmowing as well, and there are other certified Centered Riding Instructors available there, too. Visit the Southmowing Stables website to learn more. www.southmowing.com
Visitors are always welcome at both farms! Come visit and talk with us and learn for yourself how Centered Riding can benefit you and your equine companion. We suggest you call ahead to be sure someone will be available to chat and show you around.
Dorothy travels to other farms to offer lessons, clinics and unmounted workshops on a regular basis. There are many options for connecting with her at your barn or another convenient location.
Dorothy now offers myo-fascial release work on horses and is certified through Conformation Balancing, a technique designed over many years by Margret Henkels. Fascia is the connective tissue that encloses, attaches, and stabilizes internal organs, muscles, and cells. It is an internet-like web of tissue that is self-directing and has memory, enabling it to both connect and impact each part of the body in relation to the other parts as well as independently. The tension, strain, and pain of physical and emotional trauma can be released through freeing the fascia throughout the body. Through the conscientious placement of the practitioners hands on key areas of the horse's body, the "melting" of fascia can release the parts that are "stuck" and bring changes to the physical and mental well-being of the horse.
Horses wanting fascia release work are welcome to visit Dorothy at either farm or have Dorothy come to their barn. Dorothy and Margret Henkels have put together a workshop called "Soft Riders/Soft Horses". The focus is on bodywork and softness for both horse and rider using Centered Riding and Conformation Balancing as the springboards for soft, positive change and movement.
Centered Riding utilizes classical principles to create a mutually cooperative and interdependent relationship between horse and rider. By facilitating the way human and equine anatomy work together to best compliment one another, Centered Riding cultivates effective communication, balance, and confidence while eliminating tension and fear. Through the use of imagery and learning "use of self" riders can increase their awarenesss; horse and rider are able to enhance movement and achieve positive, relaxed riding.
This season got off to a very slow start because of the weather conditions. Slow and steady is the best way to condition both you and your horse. Lots of walking, transtitions, and strengthening work will go a long way towards preparing you for a fun season. Whether you plan to trail ride or show, ride dressage or run barrels, you will want to be fit and in balance with your equine partner. Be sure to find your seat bones, and take a deep breath for softness and relaxation. Be aware of your building blocks as you find your alignment. Know that soft eyes will serve you and your horse well whether you ride patterns, explore trails, or tackle a cross country course. Alone or with other riders, may you have the best season and the best partnership ever! Take the time to check out Sally Swift's books or videos and experience some new things. Enjoy building communication with your horse and truly enjoy your progress. Take the time to note even the smallest accomplishments. Plan a lesson day or clinic. Perhaps set some goals and make a plan for how to get there.
Now get out there and saddle up!
Sally Swift truly was a gifted woman and her goal of "helping horses" has continued to help horses of all types - and their riders - over and over again. As always, we will continue to explore how the 4 Basics: Centering, Building Blocks, Soft Eyes, and Breathing affect our riding and communication with our horses. And we will also explore following hands, comparable parts, and more. So do join us if you are able!
For more information on Centered Riding visit the official site of Centered Riding
For more information on the Certified Horsemanship Association visit CHA's webpage.
"You [Dorothy Crosby] are a natural teacher and you set high standards for yourself and others! Well Done!" ~CHA clinic instructor
We love our customers, so feel free to call Mon-Sat 8AM-8PM
Sunday by appointment only
60 Queen Street, Stoddard, NH 03464, US