Training

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.

07/05/2017
Training Your Horse

Lightness is not about having loose reins, or even a forward hand. Lightness is about 100 things coming together in unison allowing the rider the room to give the rein without the horse losing the engagement, rhythm, balance, uphill, tendency, cadence, and forwardness of the movement.

04/04/2017
Training Your Horse

Sometimes I get frustrated when people ask me whether a 6-year old is already doing flying changes or passage. In my mind I go, “I hope not”, but unfortunately it’s common in the dressage world these days to see horses at 6 already performing exercises that require high levels of collection. This is not good for the physical nor mental maturity of the horse.

25/03/2017
Training Your Horse

In Rien van der Schaft’s previous article, he spoke about the phase most riders forget about, the phase of the contact rein. In this first phase of the training you want to achieve three things, namely relaxation, forwardness and that your horse accepts the contact. Once you’ve established that, it’s time to move onto the second phase. Rien will explain what this phase looks like and what you should pay attention to.

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