Tag: horse training

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?”

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… Continue Reading “About the Latest Dressage Scandal Involving the FEI No Blood Rule”

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… Continue Reading “Meet My New Horse!”

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… Continue Reading “The Seat in the Academic Art of Riding: Physical Seat, Statical Seat and Half-Halts”

Why don’t you sell your horse?

…is a question I get every now and again from friends and students. What they all refer to is the fact that Nazir cannot be “used” like other horses. Due to his past and also his physical condition, he simply cannot be trained like… Continue Reading “Why don’t you sell your horse?”

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… Continue Reading “What is collection?”

The Power of Praise

The power of praise can not be overestimated! Horses will go out of their way if they feel your honest appreciation and love. Etienne Beudant said “„Demand little, repeat often, praise a lot!“. How can we understand this? First, “demand little” does not mean… Continue Reading “The Power of Praise”

Checklist: Does Your Stable Have a Good Atmosphere?

It’s all about the vibe. Ever since I have moved my horses to a different stable, I learned that a good atmosphere is worth gold. An equestrian centre can have the perfect facilities and yet you can feel a certain tension in the air.… Continue Reading “Checklist: Does Your Stable Have a Good Atmosphere?”

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