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Equitation Science

Learning, stress, and the “upside down bathtub curve”

Is there a role for the Yerkes-Dodson-Law in horse training? Frauke Musial & Celina Skogan Many of us have probably made that experience, at the latest in school or at university: Even if you think you are perfectly well prepared, it might be awfully difficult to come up with just the right answer during the […]

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The art of taking breaks

Why slow is smooth & smooth is fast Did you know that studies showed that keeping deep focus is only possible for a limited amount of time? The average number among TOP-students at University was 18 minutes. After that, they took short breaks, especially unaware ones. Starting to chat with the neighbour, watching out of […]

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Mindset

How the human mindset is changing the human-horse interaction, and why it is important to be aware of it. When it is about horse training, it’s all about communication. Communication is always going in at least two directions: The one who is sending an information, and the one who is receiving it. The most famous […]

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Academic Art of Riding Biomechanics

The thing with riding sidemovements

When asked by his protégé, the young King Louis XIII, why the rider works with sideways, Pluvinel replies: ‘We need sideways to straighten.’ At first, that sounds contrary. Why should we work a horse sideways to straighten it? What is a mystery to us at the beginning of the equestrian training becomes more and more indispensable as […]

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How to start… Groundwork: Haunches-in

One milestone to discover in your groundwork is the quarter-in (or haunches-in).For beginners, this is often the biggest obstacle to tackle, for the advanced groundworkers a welcome opportunity to test bodywork and communication with the horse when lightening your aids. The experienced educator or more advanced rider, however, cannot picture a life without quarter-in. Why […]

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Equitation Science

The “elephant” memory of horses

…. one more reason to act mindful. “You can’t rely on a horse that obeys by fear. There will always be something that the horse is more afraid of than the rider. But if it trusts its rider, it will ask him what to do if it is afraid.” – Antoine Pluvinel, 1555-1625 Frauke Musial […]

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Wellness

Massage part 2: Wellness for the neck

Something is always going on with the horse’s neck. Some horses are very stiff here, some over-flexible, others use it as a balancing pole. Still others have great tensions in the neck due to problems with the metabolism: The stiffened tissue directly at the mane comb is one of the signals that is noticeable early. […]

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Magic of touch

Pleasant touch triggers well-being. We all know this from our own experience. When a loved person touches us, we enjoy the feeling of security, relaxation and well-being. The feel-good hormone oxytocin is released. The situation is quite different when we meet people we dislike or who are alien to us. Automatically, we increase the individual […]

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Why do you ride?

I do like horses Have I mentioned that? Just in case I did not – I do like horses. I need them as I need air. I can live without riding, but not without horses. I need the soft nose, the brown eyes, their beautiful grace when they move outside on the field. The little […]

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Groundwork

How to start…. Groundwork

Groundwork is a huge topic. Starting with the question, what groundwork actually is. And depending on who you’re asking, answers will be extremely different. For some, groundwork covers mainly some basic handling. Others are including lunging and walking out in the terrain by it. Again, others are seeing horsemanship in it.  All of that has […]