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Prince Elmelund

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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Observe First, Produce Later

This is a video of the very first training session with Romanesque and Prince Elmelund in the new riding arena.

Now about this 'training', it was not really about 'teaching' or 'optimizing' quality, but an 'observational' training, to observe their body, mind, heart and soul and their opinion about the new working environment.

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Collection on the longe line

collection-on-the-longe-line-3At the moment I am teaching Prince Elmelund collection on the longe line.

This is still 'work in progress' but he's getting better and better.

In our communication I have to wait a little until he's mentally seen really ready to collect, and sometimes it's better to go a little bit more forward again first, before going to the utmost possible physical collection to avoid disturbance of  the rhythm and to avoid getting too much weight on the front legs.

So by asking him gradually to collect, he's giving the best possible performance in collection.

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