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8 Things Core Mechanics Workshops are…

8 Things CORE Mechanics for Riders Workshops are… 

  1. a 2 day mat/saddle work workshop
  2. Pilates/Yoga/Somatics based
  3. NOT riding lessons
  4. CORE weekends are a way to explore riding concepts on the mat and then take those skills and awarenesses to the saddle
  5. We explore the function of the rider’s core and how best to stabilize it on a moving object. The more stable your core is while riding, the more independent your aids can function.
  6. The movement patterns we work with are not physically difficult. The difficulty is in the body awareness in the movement patterns and then keeping the same mindfulness while applying it in the saddle. Brain/body work!!!
  7. You will explore exercises on the mat that you will be able to incorporate into your regular workout regime when you return home.
  8. CORE workshops are based at Flying Colours Stables but the format is very mobile. All you’ll need is 6 riders, their horses and yoga mats!

Contact Lindsey or Vickie to check on availability of rider spots in workshops at Flying Colours or to arrange for a CORE workshop at your stable. (CORE Concepts workshops are for first time participants; CORE Explorations workshops are for returning CORE riders)

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CORE Mechanics – Concepts Nov 7/8 (Full)

CORE this weekend!!! Concepts!!! ❤ All spots full…it’s going to be a very exciting weekend. We love introducing CORE Concepts to riders. CORE Concepts on the mat and CORE Concepts applied in the saddle…yes!

This will probably be our last Concepts workshop till the spring. We may have a CORE Explorations in December…watch the Flying Colours Facebook page for updates.

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The horses leave for California after Christmas and our last show is the last weekend in April…more to come on our 2016 plans soon!

Now off to a very busy Flying Colours day!! ❤

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CORE Mechanics – Concepts Nov 7/8…Spots available!!

Have you ever wondered how to make your seat more effective? (who hasn’t!!!) Would you like to explore some “more effective seat” concepts on a mat and then take it to your saddle that same day?

Due to horse/rider soundness/illness issues 😦 we now have 2 openings to the CORE Concepts weekend Nov 7/8 at Flying Colours.

If this intrigues you and you would like more info…

Vickie 780.361.7062

Lindsey 780.608.6653

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CORE…an exciting, fun way to deeply explore a rider’s seat and how it functions in the saddle!!!

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CORE Mechanics Workshop this weekend… :)

CORE Mechanics Explorations Workshop this weekend…yeah!!!

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Next CORE weekends are Sept 19/20, Oct 17/18 and N0v 7/8 (Concepts). December’s date TBA.

We’re going to be exploring our cores on the mat and in the saddle. There will be sweat…good things come to those that sweat…and we’re gonna sweat!! 🙂 .


Explore your core

Off to find my reformer and my core…



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Workshop spot opened up….

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We have a Core Mechanics Explorations workshop slotted in for  next weekend (June 20/21). One spot in the clinic has opened up so…if you have taken the Core Mechanics Concepts workshop and are waiting for a spot in Explorations…next weekend at FCS is the weekend!!!

The next Core Mechanics Concepts is July 11/12 and there are today, 2 spots open.

Contact me or Lindsey for details!!

Off to ride a couple of ponies… 🙂 ❤ ❤


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Core Mechanics Concepts!!!

Core Mechanics Concepts…learning about more effective breathing patterns, neutral pelvis and spinal alignment, TAs…where are they and why are they so important and figuring out the difference between hinge and roll. And each afternoon…applying these concepts and awarenessess in the saddle.

This weekend’s Concepts Workshop action shots…

Day One

After mat work, we changed into boots and breeches and were in the arena to try out some new muscle awareness and movement concepts.

Day Two

Day two mat work is individual mat work. From our observations both on the mat and in the saddle from day one, we emphasize concepts on the mat specific to each rider.

And then once again, we take it to the saddle…



We had a super weekend! Lotsa learning, lotsa laughs, and of course happy horses.

Next Core Mechanics Workshops at Flying Colours, are June 20/21 Explorations (wait listed) and then July 11/12 (some spots open). We will have August dates later this week.

Off to Pilates and then to the stable… 🙂 ❤



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Core Mechanics for Riders Concepts Weekend

This weekend is Core Mechanics weekend!!! June 6/7

We are so looking forward to Core Mechanics Concepts. Concepts weekends are so interesting as we introduce Core Mechanics to riders for their first time. It’s a time of discovery, exploration and understanding. So much fun!


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Self-carriage is not just a horse issue!

Core Mechanics Workshops are about exploring dynamic stability for the rider and then applying the concepts to work in the saddle.  A fully stable rider is better able to effectively influence the horse as they move together both horizontally and vertically.

Core Mechanics weekends will improve your riding technique by introducing exercises to improve body awareness and connection, general suppleness, better balance, and overall strength.

An aware, supple, balanced rider can better influence and create these same qualities in the horse.

This 2 day workshop will teach you to work on the mat with exercises carefully selected for riders.  We will work both days is on the mat and in the saddle.

Day One – Building Body Awareness and Control


  • Group Core Mechanics mat class in the morning; introduce general principles and specific riding focused exercises
  • Demo in arena, mounted, of body control in the saddle (left/right, front/back, in motion) (Lindsey and Lance)
  • Apply Core Mechanics awareness learned in the morning on the mat to the saddle (individual riding sessions with Lindsey and Vickie)

Day Two – Building Body Awareness, Control, Strength and Endurance


  • Semi private Core Mechanics mat work in the morning (exercises will be specific to each rider)
  • Apply Core Mechanics awareness learned in the morning to the saddle (another individual riding session with Lindsey and Vickie)

The posture we have while off our horses is mirrored while riding.  Core Mechanics will help create a strong, aligned body that will enhance your riding effectiveness.

Happy riding, happy horses.



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