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The Sweet Spot is what Karen calls those magic moments when you are riding around thinking: "Oh wow, this just feels amazing! It feels like my horse is doing it on his own and I am not doing anything!"

Did you know that there is an actual process for creating these moments?

You don't have to be a magician to feel the magic. There IS a way to spend less time searching and more time enjoying those yummy moments!

Karen's signature process, "Finding the Sweet Spot of Healthy Biomechanics", is the definitive combination of partnership-based principles with the art and science of Dressage.

Learning to find the Sweet Spot of healthy biomechanics will change everything for you and your horse.

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When you learn the Sweet Spot method, you will:

  • Spend less time searching and struggling, and more time enjoying your horse's movement.
  • Be able to self-assess and trust your instincts
  • Have a horse who feels like a willing participant
  • Be able to enjoy maximum effort from your horse, without needing strong aids to sustain it.
  • Be able to apply the concept to your own position

This method is covered in depth in the Dressage, Naturally book/DVD, and is the topic of many of the videos in the Dressage Naturally Video Classroom.

This method is also the central theme of the first course in the Dressage Naturally Virtual Arena, where Karen walks you through the process step by step.


Elements of the Sweet Spot

The Basic Alignment Exercise

  • Helps your horse find the place where he tells you he feels balanced enough to let loose!
  • Take the confusion out of straightness exercises.

Active Neutral

  • Learn the power of being neutral while sustaining a strong focus
  • Find out how to get to a place where your horse is offering you the most, when you feel you are doing the least!

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  • Learn ways to do exercises in the saddle that will help you gain control over your own position. You will also learn to do any other position exercise with less stress and tightness!

Riding In Connection With The Reins

  • Learn the Dressage, Naturally concept of riding in connection.
  • See how Freestyle riding fits within Finesse riding
  • Experience powerful simulations and strategies to dissolve brace

Search and Enjoy

  • There is an emphasis on being curious and confident to trust your instincts in order to find the place where you and your horse can be enjoying!

Moving Massage

  • Your horse will melt in your hands and change the way he thinks about your touch!

Basics Gymnastic Theory

  • Learn the categories of gymnastic exercises: Flexibility, Mobility & Collectibility
  • Understand how to use these categories to create strategic training plans for your specific horse.

Never underestimate the potential for things to improve in ways you cannot yet imagine... Your next sweet spot may be closer than you think!

The Sweet Spot

Fundamental Pieces of the Sweet Spot are:

  • Enjoy More 'Yes Moments'
  • Learn how to get 100% of what you ask for with the 3 most important conversations for influencing your horse's posture and way of moving.
  • Learn how to enjoy more moments where you and your horse both know you were successful!

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