Tag: horse training

Thoughts About the Need to Be Right and Violence

In his book “The Power of Now”, Eckhart Tolle writes: “The need to be right is a form of violence.” I’m not someone who is big on sharing quotes. Just because something resonates with me doesn’t mean it resonates with you, and then it’s… Continue Reading “Thoughts About the Need to Be Right and Violence”

Can’t get no satisfaction?

At the moment my newsfeed is full of coaching tipps. How to reach your goals, how to make more money, how to improve yourself… There is a whole self-improvement industry and it seems to be doing very well.  It’s in our human nature to… Continue Reading “Can’t get no satisfaction?”

Just because we can, does it mean we should?

We all know that we can teach horses all kinds of things. Personally, when I teach something to my horses, I ask myself why I teach it and what it can be useful for.  As a simple example, let’s take a hindquarter disengage. I… Continue Reading “Just because we can, does it mean we should?”

From Spooky Horse to Soulmate

I believe that if we are open for it, every horse will take us on a journey. My journey with Nazir might well be the most important of my life, even though it might not look like that from the outside. It’s a journey… Continue Reading “From Spooky Horse to Soulmate”

Groundwork: Making Me a Better Human

Groundwork is a great chance to develop the relationship with our horse. While just hanging out and getting to know the horse in his daily life and his interaction with other horses is the absolute foundation, groundwork is a more goal oriented communication.  There… Continue Reading “Groundwork: Making Me a Better Human”

The importance of creating aids for longing

One of the smartest things you can do for your training is spending a lot of time on the groundwork and riding aids.  When we don’t establish these aids well, we get to a “reactive” kind of riding, where we push a little here… Continue Reading “The importance of creating aids for longing”

Seeing horse training as a conversation

For me, the academic art is like a conversation topic between me and my horses and also between me and my students. The way I see it, the academic art is not only about side movements and collection, in fact these are at times… Continue Reading “Seeing horse training as a conversation”

Building a good Basis: Thoughts About Education Steps

A horse’s (and rider’s) education should be build up step by step. We need a clear starting point from which we can add more and more details, so that we know where to begin and don’t just start in the middle. We also need a… Continue Reading “Building a good Basis: Thoughts About Education Steps”

Positive or Negative Reinforcement? Some Thoughts About the Use of Pressure.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the use of pressure in horse training. It seems to me that there are two fractions in the horse world today – those who use pressure and release for training and those who condemn it. And… Continue Reading “Positive or Negative Reinforcement? Some Thoughts About the Use of Pressure.”

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… Continue Reading “Do you know your horse’s calming signals and stress signs?”

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