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My offer: A classical education for riders and horses that respects the horse’s mental and physical capabilities. It starts with the a skilled rider and results in a supple, balanced horse that is a pleasure to work with. I teach with special regard to individual circumstances as well as correct biomechanics.

No previous knowledge of the Academic Art of Riding is required and riders on any level are welcome. I have as much fun improving communication as I have working on dressage exercises. The Academic Art of Riding can help horses of all breeds and all ages. I drive around the Warsaw area for up to 50km from Warsaw city center to give lessons. If you live further away please have a look at the courses page.

Horsemanship

Horsemanship

Always go with the horse, not against him.

Always listen to what the horse is trying to say.

And always think for yourself.

~ Mark Rashid ~

Horsemanship, or working on the relationship, is the beginning and the end of all good training. My approach is informed by three guiding principles:

“Always go with the horse, not against him.

Always listen to what the horse is trying to say.

And always think for yourself” (Mark Rashid)

For the development of a true partnership, we have to understand the horse’s point of view and learn how to clearly communicate our intentions to the horse.

You Will Learn

Horsemanship
  • Exercises to build trust and friendship, on the halter or at liberty
  • The basics of learning theory – positive and negative reinforcement
  • To read your horse’s emotions
  • How to define and keep boundaries
  • The importance of direction, speed, and destination
  • Exercises to become aware of your own emotions and thoughts
  • How to use your body language for communication
  • Detailed explanations of all exercises and how to get there
  • A great community of trainers and students that support and inspire each other

Groundwork

GroundWork

Groundwork opens up a whole new world for your training, you will be surprised!

After we established a good mental connection with our horse, it’s time to move on to body work and improving shape and balance. In the Academic Art of Riding, this work is done on a cavesson and with a rope attached to the middle ring. Before the horse is mounted for the first time, he learns the basics of bending, finding balance on a circle, moving in shoulder-in and quarter-in and starting to collect. Every horse that is started with academic work is worked as a “young” horse, regardless of age of previous training. Groundwork opens up a whole new world for your training, you will be surprised!

You Will Learn

Groundwork
  • The different leading positions
  • Use of equipment: cavesson, lead line, whip
  • Use of aids: whip, voice, body aids, energetic aids, mental aids
  • How to teach more complex aids from the ground
  • Basic and advanced exercises, from side movements to collection
  • how to use these exercises to bring your horse to more suppleness and balance
  • a deep understanding of biomechanics and natural asymmetry

Lunging

Lunging

I never use any kind of side rein and instead focus on teaching the horse how to keep his own shape. It takes only a little bit of effort but lasts for the horse’s lifetime.

Lunging is something that everyone is doing and that is thought about very little. However, the horse needs a lot of skills to be able to manage a circle in balance, especially at a trot or canter. We have to address his natural asymmetry and how he can deal with the influence of the centrifugal power. So called “lunging aids”, the different rope constructions or side reins, are no help at all and rather press the already tense horse in an uncomfortable position, putting the horse under unnecessary stress and causing lots of frustration. I never use any kind of side rein and instead focus on teaching the horse how to keep his own shape. It takes only a little bit of effort but lasts for the horse’s lifetime.

You Will Learn

Lunging
  • How to teach a horse forward down and bending on the circle
  • Basic exercises: walk, stop, stepping under
  • How to see the horse’s natural asymmetry and what to do about it
  • Advanced exercises: shoulder-in, quarter-in, collection on the lunge
  • Half halt and halt on the lunge
  • How to use lunging as a previous tool for your horse’s further education

Riding

Academic Art of Rding Trot Collection

In the Academic Art of Riding, our goal is to ride the horse only from the seat!

I like to think about riding as just another leading position from which I communicate with my horse. The riding education is first of all a seat education of the rider – learning to go with the horse and to feel the horse with your seat. Thus, we first focus on receiving rather than producing. Only then, when we have a full understanding of how the horse moves under us, do we start to take influence on the horse’s shape with your aids. There is so much to learn; the development of a good seat is a life-long journey! Here, just as in the other areas of working with the horse, lightness must start with lightness – and the basis for lightness is understanding, for both human and horse. In the Academic Art of Riding, our goal is to ride the horse only from the seat!

You Will Learn

Academic Art of Riding Pirouette
  • To raise awareness of you own body and body position on the horse
  • Relaxation of muscles, from head to toe
  • Moving with the horse – without tension
  • To feel where each leg of the horse is in any phase of movement
  • How to use your seat at a primary aid
  • Secondary aids: hand, rein, lower leg, whip, voice
  • Basic exercises: forward-down, bending, shoulder-in, quarter-in
  • How to use these exercises to straighten your horse
  • Advanced exercises: half pass, pirouette, collection, the different half halts

Work In Hand

Work In Hand

You can use work in hand to introduce your horse to a bit, to introduce new exercises, and to fine-tune your communication.

Work in hand is done with a bit or a bitless bridle, with you walking next to the horse and keeping the reins as if you were riding. In the Academic Art of Riding, the work in hand is used as a successor to the pilar work of the old masters. You can work your horse in movement or on the place (getting closer to pilar work), and leading from the inside (horse is bent towards you) or from the outside (horse is bent away from you). You can use work in hand to introduce your horse to a bit, to introduce new exercises, and to fine-tune your communication.

You Will Learn

Work In Hand
  • Leading the horse from the inside and from the outside
  • Refinement of rein, whip and body aids
  • About the different bits (snaffle, curb) or bitless bridles
  • Using work in hand to improve self-carriage and collection
  • It will improve your own fitness as well, especially in trot or canter…

Let me inspire you!

Are You

  • Bored with your own training routine?
  • Stuck with an exercise?
  • Looking for more softness, awareness and harmony in your training?
  • Hungry for more knowledge?
  • Did you always feel that riding and working with a horse should be an art and not a pulling contest?

 

Then let me share my concepts and knowledge with you, join me and be inspired!

What You Will Get

  • Detailed, step by step training concept –  tailor made for you and your horse
  • Knowledge of how to build up a training session
  • Breaking down of complex exercises into easy to follow steps
  • Thorough understanding of how to teach a horse

 

I want my students to understand what they are doing, why they are doing it, and the horse to deeply understand the aids and exercises.

Join Me

 FEEL, UNDERSTAND, CONNECT

“Riding is not a sport – it is an art. There is nothing to win except the heart of your horse.”

~ Bettina Biolik ~

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