An Introduction to Creating Healthy Movement and Harmony through Contact

Lyla Cansfield


Hi, I’m Lyla

I believe that success with horses comes from understanding and connection.

Horses are happier and will respond better to training (in any sphere) when they understand your expectations and you understand theirs.

I came from a traditional horsey background. Early on I developed a love of dressage, schooling and understanding how to train horses. This led me to study Natural Horsemanship, Horse and Rider Behaviour for 3 years at home in the UK and 2 years in the US. In addition to this I have worked with Olympic Team Dressage trainer and rider Luis Lucio.

I have been teaching for over 15 years and my clients range from everyday riders to professionals.

My teaching brings together everything I have learnt from Natural Horsemanship, Dressage and a lifetime spent with horses.

Riding with contact is a crucial part of teaching your horse to move well with a rider and ensuring their longevity as a ridden horse. In this introduction, I will show you why it’s so important and the essential elements to make it a  harmonious and enjoyable process for your horse.

Watch Lyla’s demonstration ‘Creating Healthy Movement and Harmony through Contact’ in Arena 2.

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