A Break Can Do Wonders – 7 Tips So Your Horse Learns Faster

After 10 months being ‘out’ of the game, Maestro and Toronto are back in:

  • Toronto, 18 years old now, had a tough couple of months at the start of this year.
  • And Maestro became 24 years old last April!

But their ‘mental’ game is strong at the moment!

So we did some groundwork and longeing in the last couple of weeks.

And this is an impression of the very first duo-liberty session in the new riding arena:

Now it’s always interesting to see that, what a horse knows, he knows:  Read More..

Fab Four at Liberty

juggler4ballsDoing liberty with four horses for the first time really made me feel like a beginner juggler, trying to keep all four balls in the air at the same time;

Because either I lost them all, or I lost three of them, or two, but finally I could keep them all in the air, phew 😉 .

In this juggling challenge I merged two solid duos:

  • Duo 1: Romanesque & Prince Elmelund
  • Duo 2: Maestro & Toronto

The members of each duo can get along really well and know the concept when they work together as a team at liberty. And all four horses are living together 24/7, so I thought it would not be such a big deal to merge these two duos to one team of four.

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Toronto and Rosan Veer

ST Trainee Instructor Rosan Veer in action with Toronto:

Toronto-and-Rosan-Veer-1 Toronto-and-Rosan-Veer-2

Rosan Veer: “What an amazing and inspiring days I’ve had! Together with my fellow Straightness Training trainee instructors Anouk and Zaneta (who came all the way from South Africa!) I was invited to Marijke’s ‘horselab’.

I had the honour to work with Toronto, a real giant compared to Ciaran! But a very lovely giant 🙂

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Horses scratching each other

Horses who like each other spend a lot of time grazing side-by-side. It is also common to groom each other and when doing this they use their front teeth to scratch each other.

When they are mutually grooming each other, they are scratching each other and nibbling along each other’s withers, crest, back and croup.

Horses do this to bond with each other and they live by the philosophy ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch your.’

Here you see Toronto and Oscar scratching each other: