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Hello and welcome to 'Ride from Within'. Become the rider of your wildest dreams through the ‘Ride from Within’ system. This unique approach to riding has been developed by James Shaw. Whatever you dream of achieving this method will help you attain it. Nowhere else in the riding world will you find this information and these techniques. The website has been designed to provide you with information about the system, clinics, private sessions, fundraisers, lectures and other events. There are also videos to watch and podcasts to listen to and links to James’ first book and educational DVDs. New material will be added continuously. If you have any questions or would like any further information please contact us.

What can 'Ride From Within' do for you?

Horses mirror their riders perfectly. Any imbalance or tension in the rider's body is immediately reflected in the horse and this impedes its forward movement. Through his remarkable ability to ‘see’ this, James was able to develop his methods from the natural laws of physics and the genius design of the human body as taught through the principles of internal martial arts. Expanded self-awareness and step by step development of feel and sensitivity are the cornerstones of this teaching. This system is universal; it is suitable for all riders and every discipline. In a training session with James he analyses each horse and rider combination and provides solutions. James enables riders to understand and change the role that their bodies play in the partnership and he solves each rider's root issues in a supportive manner. The twelve points listed below are consistently experienced by riders using the system 'Ride from Within':

  • Heightened Awareness
  • Balance
  • Rhythm
  • Sensitivity
  • 'Feel'
  • Independent seat
  • Effortless power
  • Confidence
  • Calmness
  • Harmony with Horse
  • Join centres
  • Healing

The wide range of issues we can help you with:

  • Energy
  • Balance
  • New Biomechanics
  • Independent seat
  • Independent aids
  • Weight aid
  • Self-carriage
  • Feel & sensitivity
  • Awareness
  • Connection
  • Collection
  • On the Bit
  • Rhythm
  • Breathing
  • Free movement
  • Strength vs power
  • Yield to pressure
  • Relax
  • Receive/ redirect
  • Schwung
  • Cadence
  • Impulsion
  • True bend
  • Engaging haunches
  • Lack of concentration / focus
  • Scared of losing control/don't feel in control
  • Nervous
  • Fear of going forward
  • Fear of falling
  • Feeling disconnected
  • Fear of injury
  • Frustration
  • Tension
  • Lack of awareness
  • Lack of seat
  • Holding breath
  • Bouncing at sitting trot
  • Bouncing at rising trot
  • Difficulty halting
  • Stiffness
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Can't keep legs still
  • Collapse to the left or right
  • Wrist pain
  • Injury
  • Unable to keep heel down
  • Head nodding
  • Elbows sticking out
  • Can't keep hands still
  • Slipping in saddle
  • Can't get heel back
  • Too Strong
  • Too weak
  • Anxious
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Nervous
  • Flighty
  • Lack of trust
  • Spooky
  • Lazy
  • Tension
  • Pulls on reins left or right
  • Unable to bend left or right
  • Unable to pick up correct canter lead
  • Unable to maintain canter
  • Too big a trot
  • Head nodding
  • Tension in horses jaw
  • Head tossing
  • Lack of rhythm
  • Lack of throughness
  • Lack of hind-end impulsion
  • Gait irregularities
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty moving laterally
  • Inability to move shoulders/ haunches
  • Difficulty reining-back
  • Difficulty steering
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