A well-thought-out training unit is characterised by the following elements:


Most important as a basis for all work with horses is a clearly structured, energetic and at the same time loving leadership.

The core of my training approach lies in explaining to the rider what I mean with good leadership and why it is so essential for working with horses. It is the basis for a harmonious cooperation between rider and horse.  After having established good leadership the boundaries may become more flexible and that in turn is the ground on which good teamwork can begin to develop.

Good leadership means to be clear in your own mind; to have an inner picture of what you want to accomplish; to assess situations correctly; to set boundaries; to expect respect and to give respect; to realise obedience; to take on responsibility and to make decisions; to grant protection and trust; to build a harmonious friendship.It is possible to learn what it takes to be a good leader to one’s horse. And it is worth the effort, because the reward is a good, respectful and solid relationship with your horse –

on a daily basis – that is characterised by a deep mutual trust.

The good thing is that there is no end to it! There will always be new doors to a new and more intensive togetherness and friendship and even the most difficult challenges and lessons can be faced and dealt with with light-heartedness.

In addition, acquiring good leadership skills in your work with your horse will help you in your general personal development and growth in your private as well as your professional life.

 

The pre-condition for mutual understanding is good communication. On the one hand, you need to learn to understand the body language and facial expressions of horses so that you may interpret them correctly.  On the other hand, the training of any horse works best if the trainer learns how to use her own body language in a horse-appropriate manner. That way the horse understands easily what the human wants and a harmonious working relationship can develop.

In my training sessions I will teach these basics of communication in theory and practice.

The third pillar of my work is motivation.The word comes from the Latin verb ‘motivare’ which means ‘to move from within’. It is my goal that horse and human both ‘move from within’, which means that they don’t feel forced into doing something together but that they want to work with each other and enjoy it.

And therefore it is the inner drive to want to learn something that is so important. This is essential. A horse will not do movements with elegance and lightness if it doesn’t want to do them.

Motivation is an emotional quality and depends on the inner attitude. With the right measure of motivation one can approach one’s tasks with commitment, interest and excitement. And this is true for all involved: the trainer, the student and the horse.

Therefore it is not only important to motivate the humans in their dealings with horses, but it is also important to conduct the training in such a way that the horse has fun, too. That then will increase the horse’s motivation further.Horses need to be able to bring their own personality and their ideas to the training. This makes them active participants who like and want to apply themselves, all in order to please their person and to receive praise from them.

Further pre-conditions for successful training are the result of good basic training. Through good training the horse will acquire a strong basic trust in her human, who as the leader takes on responsibility and makes decisions.  This then enables the two to deal with each and every situation in a stress-free and anxiety-free manner – be it on the ground, or riding, at home or while riding out, during transport or during special events.