Category: Training

Micro training – or how to keep motivated throughout winter

So winter is the time when I can struggle to keep up my daily training routine. The days are so short now and thick clouds darken the sky over Poland since what feels like forever. I must admit I’m not good with bad weather.… Continue Reading “Micro training – or how to keep motivated throughout winter”

Teaching new aids according to the type of horse

When teaching our horses, we have to consider their character. My horse Weto is a rather slow thinking horse and needs time to process. When I expect a too quick answer, he tends to shut down and get stressed. He also forgets things which… Continue Reading “Teaching new aids according to the type of horse”

Just because we can, does it mean we should?

We all know that we can teach horses all kinds of things. Personally, when I teach something to my horses, I ask myself why I teach it and what it can be useful for.  As a simple example, let’s take a hindquarter disengage. I… Continue Reading “Just because we can, does it mean we should?”

Academic Art of Riding at Liberty

When I work at liberty with Weto, I don’t want this to be “another thing to perfect”, if you know what I mean…  Weto is a rather introverted horse, so at liberty, I encourage him to express himself. I don’t want to nag him… Continue Reading “Academic Art of Riding at Liberty”

Building a good Basis: Thoughts About Education Steps

A horse’s (and rider’s) education should be build up step by step. We need a clear starting point from which we can add more and more details, so that we know where to begin and don’t just start in the middle. We also need a… Continue Reading “Building a good Basis: Thoughts About Education Steps”

Thoughts about Leading

The other day I observed a young woman and her horse. She took it out of the (sandy) paddock and walked towards the stables. She marched in front, chatting with her friend who groomed her horse some meters away, and didn’t look much at… Continue Reading “Thoughts about Leading”

Positive or Negative Reinforcement? Some Thoughts About the Use of Pressure.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the use of pressure in horse training. It seems to me that there are two fractions in the horse world today – those who use pressure and release for training and those who condemn it. And… Continue Reading “Positive or Negative Reinforcement? Some Thoughts About the Use of Pressure.”

Meet My New Horse!

This is Langdyssegaards Minor, or Minor for short, 4 years old pure bred Frederiksborg horse. I found him in Denmark this spring while I was a working student for Bent Branderup. His breeder is Lene Dursben, one of the best and biggest breeders of Frederiksborg… Continue Reading “Meet My New Horse!”

Pressure and Release vs. Fear-Induced Reactions in Horse Training

Pressure and release

In my training, I use pressure and release technique (negative reinforcement) as well as positive reinforcement. In this article, I would like to discuss my own understanding of pressure and release. I once had a conversation with someone who told me, my horses don’t… Continue Reading “Pressure and Release vs. Fear-Induced Reactions in Horse Training”

Reaction vs Response

Whether a horse is reacting or responding to an aid actually makes a big difference in our training. During my first internship at Bent Branderup’s, Christofer Dahlgren spoke to us one evening about the difference between reaction and response, an idea which changed my… Continue Reading “Reaction vs Response”

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