Tag: equestrian

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…

Meet My New Horse!

This is Langdyssegaards Minor, or Minor for short, 4 years old pure bred Frederiksborg horse. I found him in Denmark this spring while I was a working student for Bent Branderup. His breeder is Lene Dursben, one of the best and biggest breeders of Frederiksborg…

Pressure and Release vs. Fear-Induced Reactions in Horse Training

Pressure and release

In my training, I use pressure and release technique (negative reinforcement) as well as positive reinforcement. In this article, I would like to discuss my own understanding of pressure and release. I once had a conversation with someone who told me, my horses don’t…

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