Rider Reviews

5 star rating

GAP Analysis on Steroids ;-)

Lynne Faust

So I must say I really thought I had figured out how to ride my new horse and had shown successfully down the fence, but this challenge showed me just how much my guide was broken, I still used my reins too much and did not trust my feet and my fo...

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So I must say I really thought I had figured out how to ride my new horse and had shown successfully down the fence, but this challenge showed me just how much my guide was broken, I still used my reins too much and did not trust my feet and my focus. These drills helped so much with relaxation and trust I feel like I have a different horse! Thank you!

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5 star rating

Happy horse, happy rider!

Katrin Bieger

I really enjoyed this challenge and learned so much! It was the first time I forced myself to not use my reins at all for more than a few strides and it was amazing to see that it's actually possible to guide my horse with my seat and eyes. And wh...

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I really enjoyed this challenge and learned so much! It was the first time I forced myself to not use my reins at all for more than a few strides and it was amazing to see that it's actually possible to guide my horse with my seat and eyes. And when I do that my mare is much happier with me. We're certainly not doing it perfectly yet, but I'm excited about practicing this in the weeks and months to come. And it's already impacting the way I guide her through a Ranch Riding pattern, too, resulting in greatly reduced grumpiness on her part. Can't wait to see if our reining circles have improved as well, but the ground in our arena doesn't really allow us to do fast circles right now. Thank you for doing this!

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5 star rating

Loved this course

Sheila Bedwell

I loved this course. It taught me to let my horse make the mistake before I correct him instead of always micromanaging him which has helped in so many other areas, not just circles.

I loved this course. It taught me to let my horse make the mistake before I correct him instead of always micromanaging him which has helped in so many other areas, not just circles.

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5 star rating

The Not-a-Cowpony Takes the Challenge

Kim Watts

I heard Tara talk about the challenge on HITM. I ride dressage but grew up decades ago riding western, then competing in 4-H, breed and open shows. Consequently, I enjoy Tara and the western episodes.Anyway, it was another rainy day at the hospita...

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I heard Tara talk about the challenge on HITM. I ride dressage but grew up decades ago riding western, then competing in 4-H, breed and open shows. Consequently, I enjoy Tara and the western episodes.Anyway, it was another rainy day at the hospital where things have been nothing close to normal. Horses and riding are my passion and escape. Except, there is nowhere to escape. Listening to Tara talk about the challenge, I thought here’s a way to escape in my own backyard. My arena is much smaller than the beautiful large pen that Trevor shoots his video, but more to my challenge. Each week, Guinness and worked the challenges. Some were easier from the start. What dressage horse hasn’t done a million circles? I realized, however, that I need to let my horse be much more responsible for his part. It’s not his fault if I micromanage, but it’s not helping to get to that coveted self-carriage! Each challenge built nicely from the previous. During the rope challenge, I my brain had to focus on multiple things. At that point, “just going in a circle was difficult, never mind correctly. I’m sure this was a new thing for Guinness, too. But after a few rides, many face palm moments, and a few blooper worthy attempts, we got around. In each challenge I put my own spin and needs in it. Others did as well. But throughout and now going forward, I gained tools to check my ability and willingness to release my horse into his work. The horse learns best when he finds that release. We as riders tend to want everything to be pretty, just look at social media posts. But if the work is pretty too long, horse and rider aren’t learning. Trevor successfully challenged us to get ugly, make mistakes and learn. The amount of work Trevor, Tara and the whole Plan4Progress team put in to each challenge and then the reviews, comments, feedback and follow-ups is commendable. Thank you from Guinness and myself. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (not sure if the stars rating is recording correctly)

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5 star rating

The cure for a stagnant routine

Kristen Jacobson

This challenge was great to test ourselves and our horse. I would call it deceptively simple, and yet the methods taught made a great deal of difference when properly employed. If you think you've got your horse broke, and you're not a micro-man...

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This challenge was great to test ourselves and our horse. I would call it deceptively simple, and yet the methods taught made a great deal of difference when properly employed. If you think you've got your horse broke, and you're not a micro-manager when you ride, give your horse a bunch of slack in the reins and see what happens. For me, it was humbling and rewarding at the same time.

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5 star rating

Fantastic!!

Brooke Mohedano

Had lots of fun working on very import fundamentals. Was very glad to be able to participate on my 3 year old. Very relevant information without being too complicated. Really enjoyed Trevor’s explanations, straight forward and easy to understand. ...

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Had lots of fun working on very import fundamentals. Was very glad to be able to participate on my 3 year old. Very relevant information without being too complicated. Really enjoyed Trevor’s explanations, straight forward and easy to understand. The videography was also top notch.

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5 star rating

Thanks for coaching

Casey Parker

The coaching was very helpful. When you ride by yourself as much as I do, it is great to have feedback so as not to perpetuate bad habits. Watching the other videos was very helpful too to that I could see what looked correct and understand better...

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The coaching was very helpful. When you ride by yourself as much as I do, it is great to have feedback so as not to perpetuate bad habits. Watching the other videos was very helpful too to that I could see what looked correct and understand better some of the corrections. Thanks again for this opportunity.

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5 star rating

Helpful and Fun

Sharon Villalpando

I have been working on circles for years and never got my horse to lock on to the circle before this. The instruction was clear and easy to follow. My success with each lesson has built my overall confidence with being able to teach more horse mor...

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I have been working on circles for years and never got my horse to lock on to the circle before this. The instruction was clear and easy to follow. My success with each lesson has built my overall confidence with being able to teach more horse more advanced skills. Excellent value for the money. I hope you continue with more courses like this.

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5 star rating

Motivating

Katie Celaya

I really enjoyed the challenge! The weekly drawings were super motivating and fun. The platform was very user friendly and the progress tracking was great. I liked the little surveys/self assessments. I also appreciated that I could submit the vi...

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I really enjoyed the challenge! The weekly drawings were super motivating and fun. The platform was very user friendly and the progress tracking was great. I liked the little surveys/self assessments. I also appreciated that I could submit the video no matter where I was at in the process...didn’t have to be perfect (we have a long way to go). The video coaching was helpful and inspiring. I hope this continues.

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5 star rating

There is a lot more than you think to loping a correct circle

Brooke Bartek

This activity really helps the horse and rider to relax and learn how to trust each other.

This activity really helps the horse and rider to relax and learn how to trust each other.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    How the Challenge Works

    • Welcome to the Challenge!

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Accessing the Menu & Dashboard

    • Your Plan 4 Progress | Circles Challenge

    • TECH TIP: How & Where to Upload Your Photo or Video

    • PRE-CHALLENGE | Upload a Photo of You and Your Horse

  • 2

    LESSONS & TIPS: Hooked On A Circle

  • 3

    CHALLENGE 1 : Trot a Circle Without Correction

    • Trot a Circle Without Correction

    • Coaching : Allowing Mistakes

    • Coaching : Anticipating Corrections

    • Coaching : Circle Placement, Rein Length and Speeding Up

    • Coaching : Improving the Counter Arc

    • Coaching : Fluid Approach & Rhythm

    • Coaching : Picture Perfect + Balance

    • CHALLENGE | Trot a Circle Without Correction

    • Trot Without Correction | How did it go?

  • 4

    CHALLENGE 2 : Lope Without Correction

    • Progressing to the Lope

    • Lope Without Correction

    • Coaching: Hackamore Position and Rein Usage + Tiny Circles (Spins)

    • Coaching : Adding value to your leg for corrections

    • Coaching : Anticipating Stopping

    • Coaching : Good Focus x 3 + A Hackamore Tip

    • CHALLENGE | Lope a Circle Without Correction

    • Lope Without Correction | How did it go?

  • 5

    CHALLENGE 3: Swing A Rope

    • Swing A Rope

    • CHALLENGE | Swing A Rope

    • Swing A Rope | How did it go?

  • 6

    CHALLENGE 4: Floral Pattern

    • Ride a Floral Pattern

    • Adjusting for Fast and Slow Horses

    • CHALLENGE | Ride a Floral Pattern

    • Floral Pattern | How did it go?

    • Trevor's Pre-Requisites & Progression Toward Collection

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