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I'm Presenting At Xenophon in Unna, Germany in October!

I am so pleased to announce I’ll be giving a dressage clinic on October 13th in Unna, Germany, sponsored by Xenophon.

“Correct riding is enough” – Xenophon shows how to realize the citation of the common trainer Paul Stecken – for the health and wellbeing of the horse and rider.

It will be exciting to reunite with Klaus Balkenhol, Ingrid Klimke and European dressage trainers and riders interested in gentle, humane and correct riding. TTouch offers a host of complements to correct riding–techniques to assist the horse in moving freely and to its greatest potential. I’m delighted to be able to present these tools and techniques for making a profound connection with the horse in the art of dressage. I am excited to share the benefits of the Balance Rein, the Liberty Neck Ring, the Lindell Bitless Bridle and the Training bit, along with our simple and effective techniques for freeing the back, releasing the topline, lowering the head, and all the other benefits TTouch has to offer the performance horse. (more…)

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I’m Presenting At Xenophon in Unna, Germany in October!

I am so pleased to announce I’ll be giving a dressage clinic on October 13th in Unna, Germany, sponsored by Xenophon.

“Correct riding is enough” – Xenophon shows how to realize the citation of the common trainer Paul Stecken – for the health and wellbeing of the horse and rider.

It will be exciting to reunite with Klaus Balkenhol, Ingrid Klimke and European dressage trainers and riders interested in gentle, humane and correct riding. TTouch offers a host of complements to correct riding–techniques to assist the horse in moving freely and to its greatest potential. I’m delighted to be able to present these tools and techniques for making a profound connection with the horse in the art of dressage. I am excited to share the benefits of the Balance Rein, the Liberty Neck Ring, the Lindell Bitless Bridle and the Training bit, along with our simple and effective techniques for freeing the back, releasing the topline, lowering the head, and all the other benefits TTouch has to offer the performance horse. (more…)

Rollkur, Hyperflexion, LDR (Low, Deep & Round)

Much has been written since 2001 on the Rollkur/Hyperflexion debate.

Recently, the tendency to ride horses in an over-flexed position of the head and neck has come into the limelight internationally thanks to YouTube. Video clips such as the Blue Tongue video have brought abusive horse training practices to the public’s attention and consciousness in an unparalleled manner.

On February. 9, 41,000 signatures were gathered and presented in Lausanne at the fifth FEI Round Table on Rollkur. Petitioners demanded that the FEI follow the rules of training and competition set forth in the FEI’s own Rules for Dressage Events (The Rule Book), and ban Rollkur/Hyperflexion from competition.

Unfortunately, while Rollkur and Hyperflexion were defined by the group as aggressive forms of riding that use force and thus were rejected as unacceptable training practices, the identical abnormal posture — very deeply rolled neck and head –- was deemed acceptable under the name LDR or Low, Deep and Round. The LDR posture was described as a “harmonious flexion obtained without force.” (more…)

In and Around Croatia: Our Sailing Vacation

I love flying into a small airport of Split – an hour and thirty minute flight from Switzerland, where every hectare of land is carefully cultivated with cascading flower boxes, to Croatia where the first impression is if barren, rock covered hills, weeds, and rubble on the roadside, in yards and abandoned buildings or projects as we drive north along the coast in the direction of Zadar. My impressions include poor, empty hills, no yards or landscaping, and a general struggle to survive. In this place, 90% of the economy is based on tourism (four months of the year) and the remaining 10% falls to fishing.

What a change from the countryside in Switzerland, Northern Italy and Slovenia, where we have been the last three weeks. Driving each day from the ancient city of Udine to the stable through rich fields of grain and corn and hay – a rural delight! Slovenia is like a a country in a fairytale. Each house in the country has a functioning vegetable and flower garden between green hayfields, small herds of sheep and cows. And every house is garlanded with flowerboxes..
Croatia has more than 1100 islands, 60 of which are inhabited. It is awesome how many small protected bays there are along the coast, chock full of motor and sailboats. No wonder Croatia has become a country for tourism, with its pristine waters. There is very little industry to pollute the waters compared to other sea coasts.
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