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Canter In Hand & Two-Tempi Changes

After a few weeks filled with groundwork and longeing with Romanesque, I started to combine it with work in hand.

And gradually, over the last couple of weeks, we’re progressing from doing the sequence in walk, in trot, and now also in the canter.

Of course, there’s a lot to ‘polish’ and refine, but again, the mind didn’t forget what it learned.

Therefore, the mind is not the limiting factor at the moment, it’s more the body that has to grow stronger and get more flexible so it will be more mobile, and that just takes time.

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Hunger, Heart & Hard Work Beat Talent

The hungriest worker in the Mastery Class is always going to beat the most talented guy who doesn’t put effort into the programs.

Although it’s useful, talent isn’t everything. Of course, it will give you a head start, but you still have to work hard.

So far, the experience is, that in the end, hunger, heart, and hard work always ‘wins’.

Maybe not immediately, but in the end, hunger always wins.

In the end, hard work always wins.

Heart wins.

I’ve seen it over and over again.

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The Mastery 2018 Class and 2019 Class

Exactly one year ago, we arrived in Portugal!

And the day of arriving, I could feel that this was the right place for us: the horses where immediately comfortable and at ease, and everything was beautiful and sunny! Even my 24 yo Maestro enjoys his life here very much: he’s full of energy and neighs every morning from the full chest when the day begins (I’ll make a video of that soon).

Now moving to Portugal is the best decision we’ve made in 2017, and we’re very lucky to be able to live here and to share our horse training experiences with you from the newly built arena.

And it’s really fascinating to start from scratch after 10 months of holiday for the horses and to get back on track. It’s such a pleasure and privilege to work with them because they are very motivated, giving their all, so it’s really fun to shoot new videos.

Therefore, for the future, we have many plans to create even more value and educational videos, so we can help, inspire and serve riders from all over the world even better!

And I cannot wait to meet the new group of Mastery Students in the Mastery 2018 Class that we’re about to start in our ST Academy in September 2018!

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Effective & Efficient Training

After a couple of weeks of groundwork and longeing, we did an observing session at liberty:

  • It showed that Prince Elmelund is mentally seen ready to deliver.
  • But physically seen, he still lacks the muscles and core strength after 10 months of holidays and a bit of training.

Now when it comes to self-carriage, we need it both in body and mind.

And it’s a bit the chicken and the egg, what is needed first?

Well, it doesn’t matter what came first, we need both!

This means:

  • The liberty work will get better physically seen, once the self-carriage in the body is developed in groundwork, longeing, work in hand, and riding pillar.
  • And those other 4 pillars will get better mentally seen, once our horse gives his Best Aikido at liberty, expressing self-carriage in the mind.

Now with is self-carriage in the mind exactly?
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