My thoughts about riding

What is dressage

by Markus  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 world 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

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Classical dressage

by Markus  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

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My thoughts about riding

by Markus  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

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Equine Journal Article Series

by Markus  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 some ... Read more

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