Dressage training of rider and horse
The dressage training of the rider requires the rider to be personally aware of his or her various different capabilities.
The basic prerequisite for riding is therefore for the rider to experience joy in the presence of the horse and also clearly let the horse know by his or her attitude towards the horse.
Not only talent can bring about success, but also the internal attitude towards the horse. For a positive attitude is felt by the horse, just as a negative one is.
Fairness towards the horse means that one is prepared to accept his strengths, but also his weaknesses. The collaboration can only succeed in that way.
And precisely that forms the requirements that I pose for my riding students during their dressage training.
In order to impart suppleness, equilibrium, a feeling for movement and riding technique to the student, together with the horse, I offer a great deal of variety in my training classes.
Paul Stecken once said: “Knowledge precedes ability”.
This is why I am always open to passing on my knowledge in theoretical training classes. As long as I find out about the rider’s goals, the rider will learn from me how he or she can reach such goals. My tips and examples from classic horsemanship properly explain how to achieve good riding and satisfied horses.
With the dressage training of the horse I assume that the horse’s owner will comply with my method of working, otherwise the training will come out a poor show.
The top priority for me is not to lose sight of the horse’s well-being. The horses will be trained according to their character and personality. I think of horses as partners who deserve to be respected.
Dressage training is, from my perspective, diversified, horse-friendly training with a positive effect on the spirit of the horse. That leads to composure, strong nerves and a healthy body.
The scale of the training – rhythm, suppleness, connection, impulsion, straightness and collection – is, for me, the be-all and end-all.
There will not be any stress, pressure or force in my training. On the other hand, a consistent method of working and the power of my positive thinking cause the horse to take pleasure in completing the tasks assigned to him.
The aim can only consist in designing the horse training expediently, with regard to age, so as to maintain the health and satisfaction of the horse.
My inner attitude, my fine flair for horses and the experience that I have gathered up to the present day, irrespective of the breed of the horse, make me the trainer that I am. A trainer who is guaranteed to “always act in favour of the horse”.