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 […]

Alison Banbury: Give your horse the time he needs

Give your horse the time he needs The modern generation, which I’m part of by the way, gets immediate gratification from their cell phones, next-day or even same-day delivery and all kinds of things that weren’t possible twenty years ago. Twenty years ago, everything took longer. With horses,  it’s still like that. You can’t get immediate […]

In which phase of balance are you and your horse?

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In which phase of balance are you and your horse? What is the difference between a four-year-old horse and a horse that is being trained on Grand Prix-level? Actually, the biggest difference has to do with the balance of both horses. The rider with the Grand Prix horse has the balance of his horse under […]

5 positions of the pelvis you want to avoid

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Improving your posture: 5 positions of the pelvis you want to avoid There has been a time that we were being bombarded with blogs, videos, workshops, and training programs about straightening your horse. Of course, straightening your horse is an important theme in the training of your horse. But how about your own straightness? A […]

Does your horse respond out of fear?

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Does your horse respond out of fear? If you want to perform well, you need to have the right mental skills. But that doesn’t only count for you as a rider, but it also counts for your horse. Your horse needs to have the right mindset for learning. How can we make sure our horse […]

Andrew McLean and 10 principles of training you need to be aware of

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Andrew McLean and the 10 principles of training you need to be aware of We all know these moments that you ask A and your horse does B. When you’re having miscommunication with your horse, it is of importance to figure out why that happened instead of getting angry with your horse. Especially when, as a […]