Tag: horses

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”

Training today’s horse

 Today Weto was very distracted. It was a rather cold and windy day and short snow showers came and went. Bushes and trees were moving, a squirrel jumped from bush to bush, a pheasant was making a ruckus close by, some birds looked for… Continue Reading “Training today’s horse”

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”

What were your lessons in 2020? What are your goals for 2021?

Don’t be afraid, this is not another coaching -post. I believe you are absolutely capable of living your live well 😉 Too many of the post that are around try to make us feel as if we are lacking something, and they try to… Continue Reading “What were your lessons in 2020? What are your goals for 2021?”

Academic Art of Riding at Liberty

When I work at liberty with Weto, I don’t want this to be “another thing to perfect”, if you know what I mean…  Weto is a rather introverted horse, so at liberty, I encourage him to express himself. I don’t want to nag him… Continue Reading “Academic Art of Riding at Liberty”

Thoughts about Leading

The other day I observed a young woman and her horse. She took it out of the (sandy) paddock and walked towards the stables. She marched in front, chatting with her friend who groomed her horse some meters away, and didn’t look much at… Continue Reading “Thoughts about Leading”

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… Continue Reading “The Benefits of Schooling Your Horse in Walk”

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?”

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… Continue Reading “Is Your Cup Full?”

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