Category: Training

Re-Educating a Horse (when you’re not a pro…)

A few months ago I decided to turn my back on modern sports riding and educate my horse according to the principles of classic dressage. My decision came when I saw myself on video. I always thought that I had a soft hand, that…

Dressage Should Bring Out the Best in Us

It is said that dressage is for the horse, not the horse for dressage. What’s more, dressage is just as much for us! It should bring out the best in both our horses and ourselves. Nazir has really changed a lot since I said…

Mark Rashid – Always Good for a Quote!

“Horsemanship is the art of mastering our own movements, thoughts, emotions and behavior. Not the horses.” Mark Rashid

Just Like the First Time…

Last Friday, I visited the stable after a two weeks break. I had spend ten days in a Buddhist Center at the foot of the German Alps. On my return, I experienced what I already knew from previous ‘breaks’: I smelled the horse smell again when…

True Horsemanship

A few days ago I received an invitation for a weekend course in natural horsemanship. Title: “Be a leader for your horse”. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Don’t we all want to be leaders for our horses? It has an air of success about it,…

It’s the Little Things…Some Thoughts on How We Train Our Horses

In the past two years I’ve spend a great amount of time teaching my horse the little things that make daily life a lot easier, such as standing still when I mount and having good feeding manners. Quite often we seem to expect that…

Back to training, introducing the curb bit, and trying ginger against arthritis.

It looks like I can finally start training Nazir again! We had to take a break because of the arthritis in his right stifle, something I was quite scared about. I basically didn’t ride him since the end of September when I noticed that…

How I Finally Came to Own a Horse

Horses have been a very important part of my life since I was a kid. I just loved everything that had to do with them: riding, grooming, feeding, even cleaning stables. My parents could not afford to buy me my own horse, but somehow…

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