True Harmony between Horse and Rider

Based on ancient, almost forgotten principles that govern movement, Ride from Within brings forth a new paradigm in riding. Your horse lives by these principles, horses own balanced and powerful movement. They do not need us to teach them how to move. It is us that need to learn how to move like them.

New Paradigm “New findings that completely change the way people think about or interact with something”

Ride from Within is the ONLY riding method that has discovered and identified the 3rd-dimensional movement in the horses' pelvis. It is the only movement the horse cannot put into the rider’s seat when we ride.

In order to have an effective and influential seat that can match and lead the power of the horse, we need to learn to move like them to connect with them, otherwise we take our limited 2-dimensional and unbalanced movement to the saddle which directly restricts and impedes their natural state of balance, power and therefore fluid effortless movement.

When we learn to move 3 dimensionally in our pelvis the horse is free to move as he was designed to and horse and rider become One, riding from the inside out.


Meet James Shaw

James Shaw is a new kind of riding teacher dedicated to helping people transform themselves and their riding by bringing forth a new paradigm in our physical connection to the horse which is a door way into complete connection, mind, body and spirit. This is a path to Mastery, the elusive harmonious, fluid connection we all dream of but for centuries has remained in the hands of a select few.

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Kathy King Johnson, M.Ed.

“I am not an “airy-fairy” person. I am very pragmatic. There was nothing magical in what James did, except for the results. At 52, I am riding better, longer and more difficult horses than I have ridden since my 20s….. If one approaches the work with an open mind, there is no limit to how much James can help any level of rider. Your horses will thank you!”

– Kathy King Johnson, M.Ed.
Executive Director Medicine Horse Program

Lynne Riddell

“We are at the forefront of a new paradigm in ethical riding and training and for the sake of your horse I challenge you, whether novice or advanced, to find the real truth in your seat like I did and Ride From Within.”

– Lynne Riddell
Founder of Sense and Feeling Equitation, BHS Accredited Professional Coach.

Susan hoffman

The information that I have gained from participating in the james Shaw clinic is invaluable , I am a better instructor because of his generouse nature and clearity of explanation. The tai chi principals combined with James comprehensive teaching style has proven to be the most valuble instruction that I’ve ever experienced.

-Suzi Hoffman Peacock
USDF4th Level Certified Instructor/Trainer, USDF Silver Medalist and National Champion.


Books, DVD’s, and More

  • 12-02-2019
  • Future Hope Equestrian
Contact: Danielle
Day of Lessons
  • 16-03-2019
  • 30420 N 66 St Cave Creek AZ 85331
Contact: James Shaw
3 Day Clinic


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This is NOT Yield to Pressure

The predominant method in riding and Horse Training is “Yield to Pressure”. What does that really mean? The biggest drawback of using yield to pressure as […]... Continue Reading

Feb 04 2019 by Gillian Shaw | 0 COMMENTS

An Introduction to Ride From Within (Part 3)

James Shaw’s Unique and Special Gift The reason James can understand and teach this is that he was born with a unique gift of ‘seeing’ which […]... Continue Reading

Jan 23 2019 by Gillian Shaw | 0 COMMENTS

An Introduction to Ride From Within (Part 2)

Rotation of the Bones Using Small Muscles and no Tension So, the problem most riders face is that the tension they use to keep their balance […]... Continue Reading

Jan 22 2019 by Gillian Shaw | 0 COMMENTS

Rotation of the Bones Using Small Muscles and no Tension

So, the problem most riders face is that the tension they use to keep their balance separates them from their horse on a physical level AND just as importantly, on an emotional level. Horses can either disengage mentally, switch off and stop listening or they become heightened in awareness, explosive and strong.

Simply put the problem is separation. The solution is connection, true connection with your horse at a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.

The most important and most profound level of connection IS the physical, the horse responds to that first and foremost when we sit on its back. It is the least understood and the most overlooked level of connection. Correct and true physical connection leads to connection at every other level, emotional, mental, spiritual and when we connect at all levels we truly become one with the horse.

James Shaw’s methods teach you how to get that pure physical connection which leads to connection on all levels. James teaches how to BE balanced by receiving the power of the horse cleanly through our bones meaning receiving the power through the seat bones into and through our pelvis and up the spine. Then using the smaller muscles closest to the bones, to move the bones in rotation, which redirects the power of the horse and controls it within the rider’s body, creating connection and balanced movement of the skeleton.

This relieves the larger muscles from having to keep balance and therefore eliminates tension, in other words, we become one with the horses centre by allowing that power to permeate our own centre, so the power of the horse flows through our body and ultimately back to the horse. This fluid and alive physical cycle of energy allows connection at every level which leads to a profound deep union where horse and rider become one whole entity. This profound level of connection is rarely experienced by the average rider and yet James can teach it and make it a reality for any rider of any age, experience or discipline.

3-Dimensional vs. 2-Dimensional Balance – The Secret Genius of the Pelvis

This state of balance is totally unique in the riding world and we are not aware of it being taught by anyone else. The secret ingredient that James has discovered is a 3rd dimension of movement in the pelvis. So this balance is 3 dimensional, meaning it incorporates the 3 ways in which the pelvis is designed to move; front to back, side to side vertically and to pivot left to right from the centre. Most riders and indeed people in general, only know 2 dimensional balance which is front to back and side to side. In other words, when we ride we are only aware of the front to back and side to side movement of the pelvis, most of us are totally unaware that our pelvis has another dimension of movement available to it.

Incorporating this third pelvic movement is what separates this work from anything else and presents leading edge understanding of biomechanics and as far as we know, nowhere else in the riding world is this understood or being taught.

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