8 signals you’re not riding your horse from back to front

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8 signals you’re not riding your horse from back to front Everybody agrees that you should ride a horse from back to front, but a lot of riders find it difficult to decide if they really do it themselves. If you ride your horse from back to front, you can feel a connection from the […]

A training schedule for your horse: tips and common mistakes

A training schedule for your horse: tips and common mistakes We are actually kind of a ‘personal trainer’ for our horse. The only difference is that, to become a personal trainer, you normally have to educate yourself with an official study, where you learn how you can train someone in a sustainable way. But how do […]

Morgan Lashley: Recognizing tendon injuries

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Recognizing the early signs of a tendon injury Tendon injuries are well known and also notorious injuries. Does your horse have a tendon injury or did he have one in the past? Or are you worried your horse might get a tendon injury? In this blog I’ll tell you how you can recognize tendon injuries […]

Stable rest or in the field? The importance of controlled movement

stable rest rehabilitation field injury

Stable rest or in the field? The importance of controlled movement Written by Morgan Lashley When you’ve got a horse with an injury, you often you get the advice: controlled exercise. But why is this so important? And isn’t is sad that your horse is not allowed to be free outside? And how do you keep your […]

Marlies van Schelven: Your brain can be made

Your brain can be made: 6 tips to make good use of that motivationmental performance rider Written by Marlies van Schelven When you do something often, it will become a habit in time. That makes it’s easier for you, because you don’t have to think about it anymore. But it can also be difficult for […]

Rien van der Schaft: Focus on the direction of the connection

direction of the connection

Focus on the direction of the connection In Rien van der Schaft’s previous blog, 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, […]

Rien van der Schaft: The thing most riders forget about

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The thing most riders forget about: the contact rein In all the years he has been teaching riders from all around the world, Rien van der Schaft noticed that the core of 99% of all of the problems riders deal with spiral down to one aspect in the training. According to Rien, it’s the thing […]

Rien van der Schaft: Learning about the contact rein

MOST RIDERS DON’T RIDE WITH THE CONTACT REIN The number 1 cause of problems with the connection: Riding with the contact rein is an extremely important aspect of the training of your horse. However, I believe a lot of riders aren’t aware of this, because from the beginning too much emphasis is put on the […]

Cindy Ishoy: if you want the ribbon, you have to work harder

If you want the ribbon, you have to work harder This is such an inspiring story from Cindy Ishoy! It was great meeting Cindy and hearing her talk about training with Willi Schultheis, work ethic and her thoughts on Rien van der Schaft’s way of training. Cindy is one of Canada’s most successful international dressage riders. In […]