Tag: horsemanship

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”

Girl’s Sunday at the Stable, Part 2

It’s a girl’s Sunday at the stable again! I love that me and Karolina seem to have a habit of driving out to the stable at the weekends. I wanted to post these photos already for three weeks, but you know how it is. With the… Continue Reading “Girl’s Sunday at the Stable, Part 2”

Horses and Human Language

Picture this: A person whose language you don’t speak (let’s call him ‘A’) takes you by the hand and leads you into a shop. There he stops you, says something to you (which you don’t understand). You begin to notice that you’ve walked into… Continue Reading “Horses and Human Language”

How Can We Help Horses to Get Over Traumatic Experiences?

A question that I have asked myself lately. Since my own horse is still recovering from surgery, my friend has kindly allowed me to work with her horse, Weto, a beautiful half-Frisian. I know Weto for more than a year. He is very kind,… Continue Reading “How Can We Help Horses to Get Over Traumatic Experiences?”

Stable Zen

Do you know these moments at the stable when everything seems perfect and you’re just happy, for no reason? On Sunday afternoon I actually wanted to do a quick run to the stable to see if everything was fine with Nazir. When I got… Continue Reading “Stable Zen”

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