Many coaches do use Franklin balls, but a signficant percentage have had no formal training in the Franklin method/Franklin ball principles and methodology. As one of a limited number of Franklin Ball certified trainers in the UK, Rebecca has had formal training, completing the only official Franklin ball equestrian course delivered by a Franklin Method faculty member, including completion of a written test.
Franklin Ball mounted clinics are 30 minutes, and delivered on a 1:1 basis. Currently, they are delivered on the rider's own horse, but we hope to offer simulator clinics for riders without their own horse in the future.
During these sessions we look at a rider's position, and work to improve it, alongside improve their balance, coordination, and 'feel' by utilising the Franklin balls, and Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery.
Franklin ball & flatwork clinics
These clinics are slightly longer, typically 45 or 60 minutes in duration. They include a period of using the Franklin balls to focus on the rider, followed by some time spent on improving the horse's way of going.
Franklin ball dismounted workshops
These clinics are usually delivered in small groups of up to 4 or 6 for 45 minutes. We use Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery, including Franklin balls, to improve a rider's body awareness, movement patterns, range of motion, and coordination on the ground, including learning ques that can be used in mounted sessions.
The dismounted sessions are often available alongside Franklin ball mounted clinics, but are occassionally offered alone. Dismounted sessions are suitable for riders with and without their own horses, as they do not involve riding.
Long-reining & in-hand
Long-reining and in-hand clinics are a great way to further your understanding of working a horse from the ground. Many people long-rein, just by doing straight lines and circles. In these clinics we look to progress basic work to include lateral work, more advanced transitions (leg yeild, shoulder in, travers, half pass, simple changes etc.), and sometimes even some jumping! Long-reining is great for nervous riders especially, as you can continue to train your horse without riding, so needn't feel guilty about 'wasting' your horse if you are struggling with nerves or anxiety around riding. Long-reining is also a great way to add variety, or allow someone else (who knows how to longrein) train your horse if/when you cannot ride.
These sessions are either 30 or 45 minutes long.
Flatwork with jumping
Warm-up, jump the course, and discuss how it went. Then we work on flatwork exercises to improve your horse's way of going, really look at the course to see where we can use the exercises, and start to add them into lines, before jumping the whole course again using the technical riding skills you've developed on the flat. These sessions are 1:1, and 45 minutes in duration.