In my training course on circensic lessons the students learn at first all necessary pre-conditions for a successful training with the horse. These are: knowledge concerning the topic ‘ranking’, the necessary rules when training circensic exercises, a structured and logical approach to the individual exercises and structuring the training individually based on the needs and requirements of each horse.
Circensic exercises have several positive effects on the horse:
They teach the horse to apply herself mentally to the training, to closely cooperate with the person and to pay very close attention to what is being communicated.
This in turn will reinforce the motivation of the horse.
Furthermore, circensic lessons have gymnastic value for the physical development of the horse and they create a deep trust between the rider and the horse which is the basis for any further training.
In courses and in individual training at home we begin with basic lessons, such as ‘laughing’, ‘stay’, ‘here’, ‘saying no’, ‘getting up and standing on a platform’, ‘touching and moving individual legs’, etc. All these exercises are basic enough to provide a good start into the circensic work.
Additional exercises, such as the ‘compliment’, ‘lying
down’ on command, ‘sit’, ‘rearing’, ‘going sideways’, or carrying things (and many more) are added. If the horses are prepared properly, these exercises, too, will be learned easily and quickly.
Often enough the horses amaze even me, how easily it comes to them.
Each training is designed individually to the horse/rider combination. The rider often enough has his own preferences for certain exercises he wants to learn, while it still remains important to select the exercises for the horse and not to make the horse fit into the exercises.
I will discuss this with my students extensively so that we can use the unique talents of each horse for the exercises to be developed.