Teaching

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I enjoy guiding people and improving the combination of rider and horse. I find it a challenge to help a combination to a higher level in sport and / or to help overcome fears.

In my lessons I pay a lot of attention to confirming the basics, relaxation, straightness, a good connection with a soft hand and a good harmony between the rider and the horse.

I think it is very important that a horse wants to do the work for its rider. I adjust the method that I choose on the horse, and not the other way around. I structure the training in a structured way and I make extensive use of exercises to appeal to certain muscle groups. By training a horse correctly, we can keep our horse strong and healthy and prevent, correct or reduce many problems.

During the training I will also be busy keeping the hindquarters & tempo control active. Of course a horse must respond well to the leg of the rider / rider and come back to help. He should also wait for you to set a different pace instead of getting slower or faster.

It is also very important that the horse is in balance, this is mainly due to the muscle structure of a horse. Every horse has an easy and a less easy side, this varies per horse. If he bends easily to one side, he has short muscles on this side, these are stiff and difficult to make long, while the other side is very weak and difficult to contract and become shorter. We want the muscles on both sides to be just as flexible and strong. The muscles must be able to stretch as much on both sides as they can tense. The muscles become supple and strong, so that it can easily bend to both sides and the horse can walk a straight line without “pulling” to one side.
The most important thing for me is that you and your horse have fun and keep having fun riding.

A number of physical problems in horses arise during or as a result of the training. With sports massage you can avoid the problems, but prevention is better than cure. That is why proper training is important.
I am addicted to the biomechanics of a horse, and therefore also did the equestrian training. I incorporate all this information into my teaching and the conscious riding of a horse.
In addition to the lessons, I see the massage as a supplement to the overall picture. A relaxed horse can make optimum use of its muscles. The sport massage improves the body use of the horses.

During my lessons I will pay much attention to the posture and sitting of the rider, as well as keeping the hindquarters active. Of course a horse must respond well to the leg of the rider / rider and come back to help. I also think it is important that you learn to feel what is happening underneath you, so that you can also look it up outside the lessons.