3 Tips voor een stabiele gang

'Mijn paard sjokt, is sloom, trekt aan de longe (of teugel) en valt steeds terug.' OF 'Mijn paard valt om aan de longe (of teugel), vlucht weg, versnelt steeds en is erg gespannen.' Beide scenario's komen op hetzelfde neer: je paard kent zijn…

Motivatie VS Omkoperij

Ken jij mensen die principieel tegen voedselbeloningen zijn? De reden hiervoor is meestal: een ervaring met een paard dat extreem voedsel gefocust werd, beet, sloeg of ander dominant gedrag vertoonde.  Bepaalde paardentypen zijn nu eenmaal…

Horse characters & Behavior: # 3 Introverted Horses

This will be the third and last article in the ‘Horse characters & Behavior’ series. In the preceding articles we talked about the use of the Instinctive & Rational sides of the brain, and in part 2 we spoke about the extroverted…

Grazing during training; solved!

Spring is coming soon and the nice, green grass is starting to grow. This time of year we get the following question a lot: ‘What should I do when my horse just starts grazing while we’re training?’ or ‘How do I teach him not to graze?’ I’d…

5 Principles for the young Horseman

  On the 12th of April 2014 I gave another demonstration at the Equiday; the biggest horsefriendly event in the Netherlands. The theme was: ‘Natural-Horsemanship: a good start for the young rider.’ I was assisted by one of our talented…

More time, less stress!

I’m sure you’ll recognize the following sentence: ‘oh…but I don’t have time for that!’ And I’m sure that, like me, you’ve heard this sentence concerning one of the following subjects: natural-horsemanship, waiting while trailerloading…

Lightness to your aids

I regularly deal with students that complain about the lack of lightness from their horse. In most cases though the problem stems from the way the aid is given. Unfortunately the normal equestrian sport doesn’t always teach us how to teach…

Lightness on your aids #2

  Welcome to ‘Lightness on your aids’ #2! That you’re reading this means that you’re actually motivated to better the communication with your horse and have a more succesfull training session because of lighter aids. Now let’s…

The power of simulations

  We’ve noticed that Natural-Horsemanship and ‘groundwork’ get linked a lot. The reason is not that, like many people think, Natural-Horsemanship automatically means that you spend as much time on the ground as you do in the saddle.…

4 Concepts to change the Equestrian world

All around us we see proof of the fact that the majority of riders actually has no idea what they’re doing when it comes to communicating with their horses. Far too many times spurs are being used for lazy horses, sharper bits for fast horses,…