The light within us
After a weekend full of people I was happy to spend some time with my boys. Life taught me to listen to my inner voice, but I rejected this voice over and over again. Inspired by @littlepistolannie podcast on authenticity I went all in with my intuition.
I wanted to ride another route. Lagsi has been there only twice and cattle is living there. I walked the first half of the ride to make sure that he is comfortable with everything. He's such a sweetheart with other animals. On our way home we took the same path, but I mounted him. With big steps forward he took the lead and left his big brother behind. It took all my willpower to let him go and watch the cattle, since I've seen so many younger horses being scared by them when approaching without an older horse. Yeah, well... Lagsi tried to sneak into their pasture to meet them 😂 the whole way back he took the lead - my gorgeous young boy.
Do you listen to your inner voice?
So we had a child moment. This horse has been bombproof, and over the last month we have found exactly 3 things he is unsure of or scared of. 1: Blue(only blue) barrels that are on their sides. 2: whips. And 3: height sticks. And we discovered this when the trainers child ignored directions and walked up to him with a height stick, extended. And touched him on the back. He couldn’t see the child only the big scary looking stick. So he sat back and broke his halter. Story of the day! 🤷♀️😬😂 #babymoments#younghorsetraining#younghorseproblems#ohboy
Lisa & Lika ❤
Dit knappe stel heb ik leren kennen toen Lika nog bij haar moeder aan de uier stond.
De keuze voor het aanschaffen van een veulen was heel bewust en Lisa wilde dan ook de allerbeste start maken samen. Als veulentje zijn we dus al heel voorzichtig aan de slag gegaan met vertrouwen, het leren begrijpen van elkaar en ook voorbereiden op de eerste grote gebeurtenis; het afspenen en dus verhuizen. Hoe kon ze er voor zorgen dat dit met zo min mogelijk stress zou gaan?
Inmiddels is Lika 2 jaar oud en 'werken' we wekelijks kort om haar voor te bereiden op het leven als volwassen dame.
Maar vooral aan vertrouwen, communicatie en begrip.
Zo trof ik de twee aan voor de les afgelopen keer. Ontspannen, begripvol en vol vertrouwen. Need I say more?!
Zo leuk om ze door deze reis te mogen begeleiden! 😊❤ #trotsejuf#proud#needisaymore#ilovemyjob#vanveulentotrijpaard#puppypaard#horsemanship#younghorsetraining#jongepaarden#horsesofinsta#equestrianstyle#dressuurpaard#kwpn#merrie
Hiring part time help starting Sept mom, tues, Friday’s. Feed, turnout, stalls, hay snacks, water 💦 tubs etc. Also need groom for mornings 7:30-12. Compensation or trades avail. Opportunity to ride school masters or work as apprentice. Pm or email for more info, and include resumé please. Must be experienced, and comfortable handling stallions and young horses. Super fun team oriented atmosphere. Everyone helps everyone and we have a zero 🚫 tolerance for drama/bullying! Transportation a must! Great opportunity for juniors and adults looking to learn great horse keeping skills, be involved in a team environment, move up the levels, opportunities to show in local, regional and national levels. Looking forward to speaking with all candidates! #keepitlocal#younghorsetraining#meghanhamiltondressage 🇺🇸 #dressageeverydamnday
🌸 Let’s see how far we’ve come 🌸
Just a little intro (+ some spooking shenanigans at the end) to my new horse Vega, a 4-year old Oldenburg chestnut mare out of Wolkenlos that I’m hoping to train up the levels. Huge thanks to Lisa Pierson Dressage for letting us bring the girls up to NY for training and @topnotchtackmd for keeping us in style at great prices! #topnotchtack#younghorsetraining#dressagehorse#dressagerider
I have been an instructor for the riding camp at our stable these last 3 days. It was the first time we held a riding camp, and it went really well! The last day we held a friendly pony games competition, and of course me and the other instructor also joined 😁 Since Skír is not well, I thought "well, Agu should be able to", and she so was! We got some piggy pace instead of the trot that I wanted, but I think that's fair since this went slow and she had to turn a lot, and both are still hard for her in trot - and she also didn't have a lot of time to find her balance. So overall I am proud, she is really starting to be a real riding horse! Btw, afterwards I had to pick an apple up from some water with my mouth and then give it to Agu, but I was so bad at it, so you don't get to see that 😜 We would have won, had I not spent so much time getting that damn apple 😂
Also, I am leaving for the job at the stable in Jutland tomorrow! So exciting (but also weird, that I will leave Skírnir and my home)! And Agu will be joining me on Tuesday 🤗
• MAKE YOURE HORSE CURIOUS & CLEVER • 💡🧠
In training, I find it important that instead of enforcing, my horse offers me things. Therefore you have to stimulate his left brain with making him more curious. You can do that by breaking out of comfort zones and offering your horse new objects and situations.
A great mistake we often make is that we push our horses through new situations and think "yay, we stretched our comfortzone", not noticing that your horse had a lot of tension and stress. The result is that you're horse associates that new object or new situation with a lot of danger and doesn't trust you anymore because you, as a leader, have exposed him to that danger.
Take all the time it takes to strech the comfortzone of your horse while you're keeping in mind his limits. Make him curious, give him time to find out new things. A good way of doing that is to invite him to use his nose, teeth and feet on different objects.
This week it was the first time that I used the barrels during the training. Ivo had never seen them before, so I gave him all the time to explore. Before I knew, he put his hoof on it and he jumped over the big blue barrel. I was so proud! Not because he jumped, but because he took some initiative from a thinking, smart and peaceful mind.
Make every training playful, light and breezy, but take the limits of your horse very seriously! Be his guide, a source of inspiration and a real leader. Great leaders NEVER achieve things by pushing, but only by being supportive and truly inspirational🌟
We are gonna start something called #trainingtuesdays @taktur where we share an excerpt from a training session. Here we have our new young horse Þólinn being started under saddle. Þólinn is extremely reactive so our number one priority in his training is making him comfortable with carrying the rider. Here Terral and Alex work together to build that trust. Terral guides Þólinn at the walk and trot while Alex desensitizes him to movement and touch from a rider. With a nervous horse teaching them to accept the feel of a rider before the rider asks anything of them is the best way to build a solid foundation. It also helps the rider stay safe and helps avoid any negative experiences for the horse as the ground person can offer the horse security and clear direction.