Training

18/09/2017
Training Your Horse

It's mid September now and my two youngsters Fortuny and Javelin have been at Warwick McLean's yard in Tönisvorst, Germany, for four months. My home bred girls have had a paradisiacal life from birth until the spring of 2017 when I had a declick moment that their life of luxury and laziness had to end. Mclean loaded my horses and took them to Germany to transform my bush ponies into modern dressage horses. After the loading and ground work phase, it was time for some riding.

17/09/2017
Training Your Horse

We have often been told that the horse is a reflection of ourselves. The way we communicate and interact with the horse shapes how the horse communicates and interacts with us.  Most people who have lived around horses believe this. Sometimes we may even feel that the horse can read our mind. The truth is animals pick up on all sorts of things that we can’t begin to understand and given that our relationship with horses extends into training it’s naive to think that our personality and behaviour doesn’t shape how they respond to us.

11/09/2017
Training Your Horse

Five years ago I set out to compete internationally and in 2015 I made that happen. People read my classical training articles on Eurodressage in most part I believe because I didn't sugar coat the road. I never said “and then you just pop the horse into a shoulder-in and it’s easy". I explained that each step in dressage is one step forward and it takes patience and resilience to continue through the ups and downs.

13/06/2017
Training Your Horse

For 6-year old Fortuny and 4-year old Javeli parting from the nest and their horsey paradise here at home with me must have been a culture shock. Warwick McLean confirmed their good arrival at Stall Gehlenhof in Tönisvorst, Germany, the starting point of their dressage career. Firm proponents of good horsemanship, both Warwick and I believe that saddle breaking starts with proper ground work.

01/06/2017
Training Your Horse

Piaffe according to the FEI rules “is a highly collected, cadenced, elevated diagonal movement giving the impression of remaining in place. The horse’s back is supple and elastic. The hindquarters are lowered; the haunches with active hocks are well engaged, giving great freedom,  ightness and mobility to the shoulders and forehand. Each diagonal pair of legs is raised and returned to the ground alternately, with spring and an even cadence.”

29/05/2017
Training Your Horse

I am often asked whether I ride or have horses of my own. I admit it makes me wonder if this is genuine interest in my life or whether my credibility and expertise are being assessed. In order to write in depth articles about international level Grand Prix sport it is essential to have a thorough background in dressage and, yes, I have ridden and been classically schooled for twenty years.

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