Soft Feel, Feeling, Timing and Balance are not just buzzwords that I parrot from others, but that I consistently implement in my riding lessons and in my horse training because I learn them from the best horseman and horsewomen.
My work with horses is of course largely shaped by the safe and effective horsemanship Buck Brannamans. I have no racial preferences or prejudices about any riding style. I treat every horse as an individual and start my work with the needs of the horses and their people. Sufficient time is an important factor. The horse dictates how quickly the training progresses.
My goal in training horses is
to be a versatile partner for everything that is fun together.
Solid basic training is the prerequisite for a successful partnership for every horse and every rider, regardless of the riding style or the field of activity of the horse.
Groundwork is the
foundation on which communication with the horse is built.
First from the point of view of safety, communication with the horse is refined more and more through consistency and accuracy in body language. Groundwork is preparation for riding, so the basic components of groundwork are helpful for both young horses and experienced riding horses. If the person has an influence on the legs of his horse at the end of the lead rope / groundwork rope, then he has a good chance of controlling his horse when he is in the saddle.
When riding, I put the principles of Cowboy Dressage® into practice and also use dressage exercises in my riding lessons and with training horses. In doing so, I pay great attention to active forward movement and active movement of the horse's legs as well as the position of the neck, which should be higher than the withers. These components are simply important factors in keeping our riding horses healthy.
The goal is the lightness of the horse and lightness only arises if the horse is allowed to convert its energy into a flowing forward movement, instead of constantly hindering it through incorrect action (on the reins or on the rope).