I have lived 6 decades, and have traveled the world: Cambodia, Italy, Greece,Alaska, Galapagos, and more. But by far my favorite adventures, the most immersive and memorable, were my two horseback safaris with Safaris Unlimited and Wendy Murdoch. Running with wildebeest, flushing out lions, I can't even begin to tell you of the thrill. We had picnics on the plains, rode through elephant cemeteries, and were with the sunrise. The Masai were our neighbors, the accommodations comfortable and plush and just rustic enough, the food delicious, the camaraderie and staff friendly and professional. I am an average, somewhat timid, rider. Wendy rode with us, giving us tips when needed to feel confidant as we galloped across the plains. I had so much fun the first time that I returned with my 17 year old daughter 3 years later. I hope to go again before I get too old! If you are considering any safari, consider this one. It is the experience of a lifetime.
I've had my Anywhere Saddle Chair for about a week now, and it is already making a difference in my riding and my body. I carry around a lot of tension in my neck, shoulders, and upper back from sitting at a desk all day and having less-than-ideal posture. Within two days of using the Anywhere Saddle Chair, the pain and pinched/compressed feeling in my back and shoulders were all but gone ... sitting on the seat subtly requires you to sit up straight and in balance, and it really opened up my spine and the surrounding muscles. I feel like everything from neck to hips just stacks right into alignment.
I'm coming back from a long break from riding, and have always struggled with a little bit of a chair seat. I noticed a marked difference in my leg position within a week of using the Anywhere Saddle Chair -- riding in a dressage saddle, it's suddenly so much easier to keep my leg back, grip less with my knees, and maintain a longer and more draped leg. I have played with the height of my adjustable desk chair with the Anywhere Saddle Chair placed on top, and try to emulate different heights for different length of stirrup ... it's helping my body get used to a more open hip angle, with stability to support it. My riding, as a result, feels more secure and fluid already. I feel like I've never felt so natural in a dressage saddle!
Really pleased with the chair so far in a fairly short time -- definitely worth the investment for both the payoff in riding fitness and overall straightness and body alignment.
I must say taking the "Win with Wendy" is the best coaching that I have ever had. We watched my riding videos together in our 4 private Zoom sessions from October to December. Wendy explained how I could improve my riding step by step and sometimes drew lines of the pictures taken out of my videos and that method is very effective. Before I understood the "riding theories" in words but now I can understand "visually" and that helped me improve my riding. Now I can picture how I should ride on a horse. Another wonderful thing about taking this course was that the horse that I ride looks better and he looks happier. I now "physically understand how my riding affects horse's posture". I love the fact that the one who wins with Wendy is not only me but also a horse. Taking this course was the best decision that I made in the year 2023. Thank you so much Wendy for your help and encouragement.
Volunteer at Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center
Working with Wendy was exactly what I needed. Pumba is a school horse that I ride and keep conditioned for Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center. He is a lovely, smart pony who can also be quite opinionated at times! He had recently become very reluctant to work, and although the vet assured us that there was nothing physically wrong , we were having difficulty solving the problem. Wendy was immediately able to see the issue and gave us a new approach which has been very successful. Thank you, Wendy, for giving me back my sweet, funny equine partner.