My thoughts about riding

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 difference it will make, that I will then have the ability to do the exercise without them. It is only when I have things explained to me, that I have learned something.

Because of this, I have found it ... Read more

Equine Journal Article Series

Kip Mistral, equine journalist from Tucson, Arizona, has written 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 basic but challenging exercises.