The riding style assessment
The Four Riding Styles
The Dominant Preference
“What’s our next challenge?”
If you fall into the Dominant area, then you perceive yourself as more powerful than your equestrian situation, but you also see this environment as unfavorable, and your ability to act upon it as a rewarding and challenging.
The Influential Preference
“Let’s create harmony together.”
If you fall into the Influential area, then you perceive yourself as more powerful than your equestrian situation, but also, you perceive the situation to be favorable, and your ability to bond with horses an important priority.
The Steady Preference
“It’s important to create calmness and consistency.”
If you fall into the Steady area, then you see yourself as less powerful than your equestrian situation, but you also see the environment as favorable and you focus on details and consistency.
The Conscientious Preference
“Let’s improve this and get it right!”
If you fall into the Conscientious area, then you perceive yourself as less powerful than your equestrian situation, but you also see the environment as unfavorable. Your priorities are channeling your energy into carefully improving problems and challenges.
There is no right or correct style to have. Rather, we all have strengths and challenges that make us the unique individuals that we are.
Who We Are
Susan Cain, Ed.D, LCSW
Co-Author of The Riding Styles Assessment Series
Dr. Susan Cain is an organizational consultant and coach specializing in performance development and strategic alignment. Sue is a partner with The Corporate Learning Institute in Chicago.
Sue coaches equine professionals and organizations to perform at their best.
Sue has written two books with her co-author, Debbie Roberts-Loucks, about Horse Whisperer and New York Times Best Selling Author, Monty Roberts, Life Lessons From the Man Who Listens To Horses, and Horse Sense for Leaders; Building Trust-Based Relationships, available on Amazon. Using Monty’s trust-based approach, Sue facilitates leadership workshops for organizations at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California.
Sue has extensive experience with performance assessments, and created the Riding Styles Assessment series to help equestrians reflect on the impact they make on horses, humans and students. She holds a Doctoral degree in Organizational Development and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and non- profit management. Sue partners with Dr. Martin Gross to bring Riding Styles to the world.
Three Ways to Connect with Sue:
1. Ask about our face-to face or virtual coaching sessions to get the performance and relationship you want as a rider, professional or instructor.
Email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Offer a workshop at your location using Riding Styles.
3. Attend an open-enrollment workshop held several times a year. Contact Sue to find out about the workshop calendar.