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Remaining calm and patient when training your horse

“You always remain so calm and patient when working with horses, also in challenging situations. How do you do that?” The answer is very simple: I just know that things will get better and a solution is on its way. This will be within 5 minutes, the next day, within the next week, or within a few months.

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Groundwork training with horses: 5 tips

Tip #1 - When a horse doesn't feel a connection with you, when the relationship is not strong, it will be harder/more difficult to train your horse in groundwork. It's logical: the more trust, the deeper the connection, the more your horse will be willing to do things together with you.

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Your sensitivity, softness & sweetness is your power

"I'm very emotional, and my horse feels that. How can I be less emotional?" "I'm too sensitive and soft to be able to train my horse well. How can I be more firm? " "Whenever I'm stressed I start to cry. And this also happens when I'm with my horse. I don't want my horse to think I'm weak."

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10 fun exercises with a tarpaulin on the ground

1️⃣ Leading your horse over it in the lead position, the partner position, and the drive position in walk and trot. 2️⃣ Circling your horse over the tarpaulin in walk, trot, and canter. 3️⃣ Asking your horse to halt and then back up on the tarpaulin.

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Courage is daring to say you’re too scared to ride

A famous quote says: "Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway". I know, this quote is a philosophy on living life. However, the sad truth is, that in the horse world, it's still common to reason that way. I would never get on a horse if I'm afraid to ride that horse. As a professional trainer, it took me a long time to admit that. And that's because ...

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Every day in your (horse) life is valuable

We should let go of the idea that everything and every moment (or training with our horse) should be a happy, joyful, or successful moment. When that would be the case, we would not learn a lot, and we would less appreciate the good moments.

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Liberty Connection Training: 6 tips

Tip #1 - Horses are attracted to people who are calm and centered. Bringing your awareness to your breath is the simplest way to (re)connect with yourself. It's free, it's simple and it's effective! Even only giving attention to your breath will already make ...

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This is key when asking your horse for distance

When leading your horse, regularly ask him to stay out of your personal space = min 3 to 4 meters distance. When you lead your horse at a distance, you are leading your horse from the "lead position". Be calm and polite when you ask for more distance. But there's also something else that is important, and that is:

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Connect With Yourself First

If you’re not connected to yourself, your horse will also be less connected to you, and thus it will be harder for your horse to stay focused on you and the training you're offering him. So whenever you feel you are losing your groundedness, when you lose your calmness,

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Your challenging horse helps you grow

Some days, some situations, and some experiences can be difficult... You might wonder how you will cope with it, or if you will be able to solve the problem you're facing. This is also the case when it comes to horses and training horses...

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She was a “big deal”

Big Deal was a horse at the stable in Portugal where I worked 20 years ago when I was 23-24 years old. I moved to Portugal in 2001 to work for a riding stable to teach riding classes, and train horses in dressage and trail riding. The day I arrived at the stables ...

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What is a Connection Circle?

A Connection Circle is a live online workshop that has a specific subject, with a duration of 2 to 4 hours . At the start, we come together online, I get you all set up, and give you the instructions for the first exercise.

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Joey’s traumatic experience as a foal

Joey was about 4 months old when he was taken from his mother in a brutal and aggressive way. Three strong men cornered him to grab him, then they forced him to go on a trailer without his mother while screaming at him and hitting him with a whip.

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My first own horse Niki

My first own horse was Niki. She was 12 when she was given to me by an acquaintance. She was sweet and willing, but very energetic and quickly stressed. She also couldn’t stand still easily.

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Farao threatened to kick me

I was 15 when one day I arrived at the riding school and a young black horse named Farao was standing in one of the boxes. He was beautiful, but there were quite some problems: Farao didn’t like to be touched and he didn’t let himself be haltered without trying to kick you first.

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