Category: Training

“The horse has to work!”

The horse has to work is a sentence I seem to come across frequently, on Facebook just as much as in life. What is the actual meaning behind this sentence?   Let’s have a look in which context(s) riders and trainers use The horse…

8 Simple Ways to Improve Your Seat

  Want to develop a balanced seat? Here are eight ways of how to do it:   Not iron knees but a good balance keeps the rider on the horse. (François Robichon de la Guérinière (1688-1751)) Ride bareback or with a saddle pad It…

The Art of Riding

What is the art of riding? – And why do we ride? From 12-13th of September, Bent Branderup gave a clinic at Gestüt Moorhof, where I was a working student. This time, Bent’s theory lectures and the riding lessons focused on the different ways of…

The First Ten Days: Dreams Come True

Since ten days I am an intern, again. This time at Marius Schneider’s stable “Gestüt Moorhof” in Germany. Three words: I love it! Stable work is stable work, where ever you do it, and, of course, I would rather stay in bed when my alarm…

Another Horse Adventure. Off to Marius Schneider!

In a few days I will start another internship, this time at Marius Schneider’s place Gestüt Moorhof in Germany. It all happened very fast! Last days, I thought a lot about how to continue, how to learn more, how to gain enough knowledge and…

My Internship at Bent Branderup’s Stable Lindegaard, Denmark

A little over a year ago I walked into Bent Branderup’s riding arena for the first time. Once a month, Bent presents his horses and his training method during public evening work. I remember him standing in front of the arena with a cup of…

Improving Canter

Having canter problems? Read how I’m helping Frisian-mix Weto improve his canter on the lunge. I love my horse’s canter. It’s like sitting on a rocking chair. The transition from trot is smooth and he is easy to control at all times. TataTAM, TataTAM….

Liberty: Only the Truth Remains

“Because, as a rule, the horse must take pleasure in his work. Otherwise, he and his rider will not be able to accomplish anything graceful.” Antoine de Pluvinel   Weto is a great horse for liberty training. He pays attention, reacts to my body…

Stretching Forward-Down: A Little Exercise with Big Effects

Stretching forward-down is probably one of the easiest and yet most useful exercises in horse training. The little exercise produces great results and can provide a good starting point for a human-equine relationship based on mutual trust, politeness, and cooperation. Most of us have…

In Between the Years. Where Do I Go From Here?

The time between Christmas and New Year has always been a special time for me. The old year is not quite over and the new year hasn’t begun yet. It’s a sort of ‘in between’. As every year, I use these still, almost magical…

Close Your Eyes and Feel: Training Day with Marius Schneider

Before Christmas I had my first training day with Marius Schneider, a licensed Bent Branderup Trainer in the Academic Art of Riding. My short summary: just WOW. So far I’ve been studying the Academic Art of Riding from books and online video courses, but of…

How Can We Help Horses to Get Over Traumatic Experiences?

A question that I have asked myself lately. Since my own horse is still recovering from surgery, my friend has kindly allowed me to work with her horse, Weto, a beautiful half-Frisian. I know Weto for more than a year. He is very kind,…

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