The Contact Rein with a sensitive and pushy horse

This following blog is only in Dutch. Naar de hand toe rijden met een sensibel, loperig en duwerig paard.  Dat is niet eenvoudig.  Lange tijd had ik met Wayana het gevoel dat ik helemaal niet naar de hand toe kon rijden. Tenzij ik in de bakrand wilde belanden. Mijn oplossing met Wayana was dan ook […]

Prevent your horse from overheating (5 tips)

For the optimal functioning of your horse’s body, it is important that body temperature remains constant. If your horse gets too hot, certain functions can become disrupted. In the extreme case, overheating can even result in death. Very important to regulate the temperature of your horse. Speaking of which, the process of keeping body temperature […]

If your horse is ‘lazy’, ride a lot of transitions. Right?

Perhaps you’ve heard this phrase before: If your horse is ‘lazy’, then you have to ride a lot of transitions within the gait. Then he will react better to your leg aids and become more active. But is that really the case? Transitions within the gait means riding forward and also taking back the pace. […]

Learn how to ride your horse in his natural balance

IN THIS LESSON Rider: Nicole Horse: Kenzy (5 years old) Biggest challenge at the moment: “Ride my horse active/ in front of my leg” After the warm-up, Rien explains how he thinks that Nicole can improve her horse. The horse should move more in his natural balance. At the moment the head of Kenzy is […]

Alternative Medicine: The Dunning-Kruger Effect

– Written by Morgan Lashley – Black and white vs. fifty shades of grey When I heard the topic for this blog, something started itching in me right away. Because I have enough to say about alternative medicine. And also enough to nag about… Let me start with the fact that I myself, with my […]

Is There Harm In Trying Alternative Medecine?

– Written by Annika Rettig – ”Well, there’s no harm in trying” I hear my stablemate say for the umpteenth time about a certain remedy she’s going to try for her horse’s summer eczema. And I think this is how people often think in our horse world. We try all kinds of things for our […]

When It Doesn’t Help, It Does Hurt?

– Written by Jasmijn de Bruijn – Many horse owners like alternative medicine, herbal mixtures and ‘natural’ solutions for ailments and problems in their horses. ”They often have a certain mistrust towards regular veterinary care. A certain arrogance plays a role in this.” The arrogance lies in the fact that they think they understand the […]

Science With Golden Glitters

– Written by Anne Loosveld – As the daughter of an oncologist and an occupational physician, the dinner table conversations of my youth were mostly about very sensible things. “Sensible” to us meant mostly: reasonable. Rational. When you say something, you have to be able to prove it. And arguments based on emotion or gut […]

My new project horse

My ‘new’ project horse If you follow me on Instagram you might already know it… I’ve got a new horse! Her name is Dina and she arrived at our yard as Deborah’s ‘project horse’. But Deborah has discovered that she is pregnant (with twins!!!) And she didn’t feel 100% comfortable riding an unpredictable horse. Understandable, […]

Most common mistakes when straightening your horse.

Got the idea that your horse is not entirely straight? That can be right! Because every horse is somehow crooked. Just like we are left- or right-handed, every horse has a preference for the right or left hand by nature. Therefore, we often speak of left-bent or right-bent horses. With a right-bent horse, the left […]