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How to….Organise a course – Tipps for a great weekend!

Quite often new organizers are a bit stressed by arrangements. I often get the feedback of how difficult it is to set up a seminar. As a former professional event manager, I would like to give you a few tipps for a relaxed preparation and a great seminar. They also work for setting up an […]

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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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Hesje Høy – the real norwegian experience

Das Leben mit Pferden besteht aus vielen Aspekten mehr, als nur die Lektion auf dem Reitplatz zu erarbeiten. Reitkunst ist, neben der durchdachten Gymnastizierung des Pferdes, für mich auch Traditionspflege. Bei vielen Dingen, die so selbstverständlich sind in unserem täglichen Leben, bemerken wir den Stellenwert erst bei Abwesenheit. Bei gutem Grundfutter zum Beispiel. Gutes Raufutter […]

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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 for your horse (3) – the temporomandibular system

The temporomandibular system has the foremost function of being responsible for the horse’s chewing and with that the processing of food and preparing it for digestion. But dysfunctions in the area between the skull (cranium) and jaw (mandibular) will easily affect the whole system of the horse, as the jaw is basically connected to everything. […]

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Detecting equine pain

by Frauke Musial & Celina Skogan Why we wrote this article – Celina Skogan Did you follow the latest studies in equine orthopedics? One was broadly shared on Facebook. It was a study by the world renowned equine vet Sue Dyson. She published about subtle lameness in horses, and the signs horses are showing during […]