My thoughts about riding

The hackamore strength

January 4, 2017

We learn that the strength of a curb bit depends on the length relations between the upper and lower shank. This is true for curb bits as the rein is attached at the bottom and the curb chain in the top. For hackamores this is not the case because none of the affected straps are attached in the upper shank.

Instead, we have to look at the three points that will be charged when we stretch a hackamore rein. There is of course the bottom of the shank where the rein attaches, but also the two points where the nose- and curb ... Read more

Classical dressage

July 13, 2012

I like what Sylvia Loch says about that the classical dressage: "Classical Dressage cannot be reinvented - it is as old as the hills!" She also writes that no one can claim it.

Problem is however, to find the right name for it. I don't know how you react on "classical" outside Sweden, but when you use that word here, it gives a hint that it is a concept that you are not allowed to alter. And even if we never can claim the classical dressage, we must also know that the classical dressage will never be fully discovered. ... Read more

What is dressage

September 27, 2011

Before the year of 1900, there were no dressage horses. The first dressage competition was held in the end of the 19th century. Before that, no one talked about dressage horses, they talked about the dressage of the horse.

I am not sure about the English language, but in Swedish, we use the word dressage about dogs too. But when we talk about dogs, dressage means to teach the dog to obey. That is how they used the word about horses too in older days.

So what is dressage for me?

First, it is about finding a ... Read more

My thoughts about riding

August 25, 2010

Through the years that I've been working with horses and riding, many people have told me that I think too much because I have always asked “Why?”. My continual questioning has often annoyed people and have often been taken as criticizing what they say. But I just want my teachers to explain their ideas…for instance, explain why I should use that aid or that rein in that particular situation, or why I should ride faster or slower towards that obstacle. It's only when they can tell me why, and explain to me what ... Read more

Equine Journal Article Series

March 13, 2010

Kip Mistral, equine journalist from Tucson, Arizona, wrote last fall a 3 part article series about my riding philosophy and training methods.

With courtesy to Equine Journal, I can now publish the articles for everyone to read:

https://markusholst.com/modules/ridhandbok/VirtClinicSept09.pdf

https://markusholst.com/modules/ridhandbok/VirtClinicOct09.pdf

https://markusholst.com/modules/ridhandbok/VirtClinicNov09.pdf

In 3 chapters you can only present some basics ideas, so the chapters describe ... Read more