Tag: equestrian

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…

Accepting the Character of Your Horse

For me, the secret for a good relationship with a horse is a bit like the one for a good marriage: you accept each other the way you are.  You meet the (wo)man of your dreams, you fall in love, you get married, you…

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…

Do you know your horse’s calming signals and stress signs?

Calming signals and language signs horses

Being able to see what state of mind the horse is in during training is an essential and actually very basic skill. A skill that’s not reserved for horse whisperers or famous horsemen. It can be learned, just like everything else to do with…

Is Your Cup Full?

I find that I mostly meet two kinds of students: the ones whose “cup is full”, and the ones whose “cup is empty”. You probably know that zen story about the master who keeps pouring tea into the cup of his prospective student, and…

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…

But What About Endurance Horses?

When discussing wrongdoing in the dressage world, there always seems to be this one argument: “But what about endurance horses? They suffer much more!” Yes, the number of dead horses in endurance make me shudder, too. Also the dead racehorses. Or that about 40%…

My Own Little Stable

As some of you might have noticed, we changed places yet again. This time I hope it’s going to be for longer, because I have rented a little stable myself. Together with my friend Anna, we were already on the lookout for a suitable…

About the Latest Dressage Scandal Involving the FEI No Blood Rule

I have been thinking now for two days about the latest competition dressage scandal due to the application of the FEI blood rule. My thoughts are, in no particular order: The FEI dressage is a faulty system that promotes incorrect riding. The horses have…

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