Tag: Academic Art of Riding

The Benefits of Schooling Your Horse in Walk

“I heard that in the academic art of riding, you only walk with your horses, like forever?” This is a question I get very often from students. First, you are free to train your horse as you like and there is no rule that…

Fail It ‘Till You Nail It

Last week when I was in Denmark as a week student, Bent Branderup spoke about today’s riding culture. He said that nowadays, many people live according to the motto “Fake it ’till you make it”. The riding is not correct and people are impressed…

The Forward of the Hind Legs

We work the horses hind legs forward to the point in which they can best support the lift of the horse’s chest. It’s not about bringing it forward as much as possible, or making it cross as much as possible (for example in the…

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…

The Seat in the Academic Art of Riding: Physical Seat, Statical Seat and Half-Halts

Academic Art of Riding

In the academic art of riding, we distinguish between the physical seat and the statical seat. The physical seat is the area in which the rider and horse connect, where you touch the horse with your thighs, upper legs, bottom. The physical seat moves…

Horizontal Balance

On the way to collection there is horizontal balance. The horse goes from it’s natural balance to shifting more weight to the hind legs and becoming more free in the shoulders. If you imagine an old fashioned scale, then the scale is about equal….

You Have to Be Brave Before You Can Become Good

I get many questions by riders who would like advise on how to improve their riding or groundwork. At the same time, many of them seem to focus more on limiting conditions than on what is possible. And it is really true: if you…

What is collection?

Last days I have thought a lot about this. Let me tell you a little anecdote that brought me a step closer to understanding collection:   When I was a working student at Bent Branderup’s place, he was talking about collection with one of…

Clinic with Marius Schneider in Warsaw, 22.-23. April 2017

I still owe you the photos from our wonderful course with Marius Schneider, 22.-23.04.2017!!! First of all thank you so much Marius for coming to us ❤ I know you have more requests for courses than you have weekends, so I really really appreciate…

Lightness vs. Softness

When we talk about “lightness” we refer to the horse’s body, to the level of intensity with which we would like to give aids. Softness, however, refers to the horse’s mind. The horse can be light on the aids and yet not be fully…

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