Category: Training

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… Continue Reading “Stretching Forward-Down: A Little Exercise with Big Effects”

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… Continue Reading “In Between the Years. Where Do I Go From Here?”

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… Continue Reading “Close Your Eyes and Feel: Training Day with Marius Schneider”

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,… Continue Reading “How Can We Help Horses to Get Over Traumatic Experiences?”

At the Horse Clinic, Again.

It’s been a while since I wrote the last blog entry. Drafting this one is somewhat of a challenge, not because I don’t know what to write about, but because I’m sitting on a straw bale in Nazir’s box at the clinic, and he,… Continue Reading “At the Horse Clinic, Again.”

A New Hope: My Horse Is Undergoing Surgery Today

Yesterday I brought Nazir to the clinic where he is undergoing surgery today, actually right now, as I am writing this. As you might already know, Nazir developed an arthritis in his right stifle. In December, the vet said that an old injury probably… Continue Reading “A New Hope: My Horse Is Undergoing Surgery Today”

Being Brave, Riding Bareback

Since I’ve decided to go into academic riding, I’ve become a bit of a loner when it comes to training and courses. I currently live in Warsaw, Poland, and to my knowledge there is nobody in the area that does this kind of riding.… Continue Reading “Being Brave, Riding Bareback”

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… Continue Reading “Re-Educating a Horse (when you’re not a pro…)”

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… Continue Reading “Dressage Should Bring Out the Best in Us”

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

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