Purpose of the page
My biggest wish with this website is that more people may want to consider an extra time before killing their horse because it does not function optimally as a riding horse. In many cases it is possible to bring the horse back to work and often you can get a horse that even thought it was great to work with us. But we have to think differently, be creative and be open to the fact that one cannot always follow certain theories and methods.
We must learn to look at the horse as a whole and not stare blindly at a particular part of the horse's body. In training we must learn how to focus on the feeling the horse gives us instead of focusing on whether the horse has the correct posture in the neck or whether we as riders sit perfectly perfectly. Nothing will be perfect until both horse and rider understand how to work relaxed and in balance with each other. Many details need to fall into place before this can happen.
The horse must be strong, detached and able to work in balance without a rider on his back before it can be done with a rider on his back. The rider must have a good balance, a fine feel for his body and an ability to be present in the present.
Many factors affect whether the horse works in riding or not. In addition to horse and rider, there is feed, fold time and fold conditions, the saddle, bridle, bite, stable and environment. Being a horse owner can be quite a detective job. But you also have to look inward. Are you impatient yourself because you expect the horse to be able to go to competitions, hunts or the like? Do you attach yourself to what other horses the same age as your own can perform? Do you stick to what a teacher or a "method" says you should do, even if it does not work on your own horse?
Why does someone say it's ok the horse goes behind the lot when it stretches? Why does anyone think that the horse should only stretch to a specific depth? Why do some people ride the horses very fast while others ride at a very slow pace? Do we have to train the horses over barriers to get it to use its back? Is the Pessoa system the best way to retrain a horse with a tight-fitting thorn pin? The questions are many…
No wonder that as a horse owner you get confused. If you ask 3 different professionals, you get different opinions.
You simply have to give yourself the time to get to know your horse well. A really good way to get to know the horse "know" is through the work from the ground up. Here you learn how the horse reacts to the contact on the rein, you can see how it moves, how it prefers to hold its head, how it uses its back, etc. You also learn how to influence the horse if you are unconcentrated, dominant, relaxed, etc. The horse reads us right away and then responds. This is why working with horses can develop us as individuals, if only we are open to listening to the horse instead of blindly trusting anyone but the horse.
I have to admit that it takes time to reach a point where you know your horse so well that you begin to communicate through body and emotion. But that being said, I think most of us have tried to have a bad stomach after some teaching or quite a regular training lesson at home. And that's what we need to listen to and address.
Here I will tell you about the training of our own horses, but also a little about the training of other horses.
We even have 4 horses that are all ridden, but back in the beginning of 2016 two of these horses were retired. One due to a shoulder injury, suffered change in one's hump, as well as tightly packed thorns. The second due to leg wear after many years of jumping. Thorough training from the ground gave them some strong upper lines, which have made them work really well despite various flaws today.
There are descriptions on the side of both the work by hand and the longing. And our own horses have been trained in the ways described. I hope that others from these descriptions can get started training their own horses.
I will also discuss the importance of a good saddle and the problems I have had with saddles myself.
In addition, there will be a page where I sell used saddles and other equipment.
My hope with the website is that others will be able to see how easy it can be to train the horse and that even horses with diagnoses can become well-functioning happy riding horses. But the work from the ground can also be used as a variation in the training of well-functioning horses, or it can be used as heating.
Although our own horses today have some fine upper lines, I typically use the work by hand as a warm-up before riding. I use the longering as an alternative to riding, on days when I think the horses only have to work lightly.
There will also be some descriptions of the riding. I have been through a lot of considerations myself and maybe someone can recognize some of the problems and thoughts I have had and maybe through that find some tips that can be used.
Remember horses are not machines that work impeccably one day after another. They have quite like ourselves, both good and bad days. The bad days don't have to mean that the horse is sick.
I hope the website can start some thoughts and hopefully also start the training.