Tag: horsemanship

My Horse, My Touch-Stone

This year, I’ve met two of the greatest contemporary classical riders in Europe, Bent Branderup and Marius Schneider. I have started my journey in the academic riding, a journey, which also confronted me with a darker side of myself. With my impatience, ambition, and… Continue Reading “My Horse, My Touch-Stone”

The First Ten Days: Dreams Come True

Since ten days I am an intern, again. This time at Marius Schneider’s stable “Gestüt Moorhof” in Germany. Three words: I love it! Stable work is stable work, where ever you do it, and, of course, I would rather stay in bed when my alarm… Continue Reading “The First Ten Days: Dreams Come True”

Improving Canter

Having canter problems? Read how I’m helping Frisian-mix Weto improve his canter on the lunge. I love my horse’s canter. It’s like sitting on a rocking chair. The transition from trot is smooth and he is easy to control at all times. TataTAM, TataTAM.… Continue Reading “Improving Canter”

Liberty: Only the Truth Remains

“Because, as a rule, the horse must take pleasure in his work. Otherwise, he and his rider will not be able to accomplish anything graceful.” Antoine de Pluvinel   Weto is a great horse for liberty training. He pays attention, reacts to my body… Continue Reading “Liberty: Only the Truth Remains”

Stretching Forward-Down: A Little Exercise with Big Effects

Stretching forward-down is probably one of the easiest and yet most useful exercises in horse training. The little exercise produces great results and can provide a good starting point for a human-equine relationship based on mutual trust, politeness, and cooperation. Most of us have… Continue Reading “Stretching Forward-Down: A Little Exercise with Big Effects”

In Between the Years. Where Do I Go From Here?

The time between Christmas and New Year has always been a special time for me. The old year is not quite over and the new year hasn’t begun yet. It’s a sort of ‘in between’. As every year, I use these still, almost magical… Continue Reading “In Between the Years. Where Do I Go From Here?”

Close Your Eyes and Feel: Training Day with Marius Schneider

Before Christmas I had my first training day with Marius Schneider, a licensed Bent Branderup Trainer in the Academic Art of Riding. My short summary: just WOW. So far I’ve been studying the Academic Art of Riding from books and online video courses, but of… Continue Reading “Close Your Eyes and Feel: Training Day with Marius Schneider”

Why Horses are the Better Friends

Horse friendships are about sharing the present moment and giving each other comfort, regardless of size, colour, and breed. If we were able to learn from them and let go of our prejudices and preconceptions, we would find true friendships where we would not… Continue Reading “Why Horses are the Better Friends”

Letting Go (Stable Zen Part 3)

Do you know the feeling when suddenly something changed in the relationship between you and your horse for the better and it’s hard to put into words? I’m just beginning to realize how much the last three months have changed things between me and Nazir.… Continue Reading “Letting Go (Stable Zen Part 3)”

Stable Zen Part 2: Being Useful

A few days ago, it was another beautiful autumn day. Nazir dozed in his mini-paddock when I arrived at the stable. The air was warm and the smell of dried leaves and earth made  you suck in every sun ray with the knowledge that… Continue Reading “Stable Zen Part 2: Being Useful”

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