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Horseback Riding School in Harbor Springs, Michigan

Summer 2012

Dear Karin,

Here is the testimonial I promised.

Over the last year I have been working with Karin. I was coming off of a horse that had some dangerous tendencies. Karin, along with my trainer Janine Holmes at Serenity Farms in Grand Rapids, Michigan, helped me to regain my confidence. I had developed a “survival” seat, always ready to bail if things got scary. Karin worked to bring back my seat, and it has never been better! I have learned more in the last 6 months from her than I have in the last decade!

This past spring, my daughter Kyra and I were fortunate to be able to spend a few days with Karin and her wonderful staff at her Brek-n-Ridge Farm in Harbor Springs. What a stunning setting and fabulous facility! Karin instructed me twice a day on some of her horses, and we worked on the nuances of the lateral movements.

All my life, I was simply told “shoulder-in” or “half pass” but never really told why and how to perform the movements. I just did them. It was eye opening to be able to ride such well-trained horses that knew their job.

I learned the proper aids for the movements, and how it affected them. I learned that while my body naturally knew how to encourage my horses to perform the movements, but because I didn’t understand the biomechanics and correct aids, I would often get in the way of my horse’s ability to do the movements to his best ability. A simple lessening of a rein aid or brush of the leg was enough to open the door for my horse to dance! Thanks Karin !

Best regards, Tara