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Great Memories of Working With Klaus Balkenhol

Planning for my presentation at Xenophon has stirred up wonderful memories of working with Klaus. I am happy to share photos of the two of us and his fabulous horses with you! Check back for more as I locate them among the thousands of images on my little laptop!

Garçon doing passage

An Excerpt from the Biography of Klaus Balkenhol

I think it’s very interesting that, given my plans to meet with the other members of Xenophon in October, this quote from Klaus’ biography came across my desk again this week.

In order to better understand Gracioso’s, Goldstern’s, and Farbenfroh’s neuroses, he [Klaus Balkenhol] turned to world-renowned horse trainer and animal behaviorist Linda Tellington-Jones, whose unique form of bodywork and training is reputed to override common resistances and strengthen the horse-human bond. “It was quite astonishing to see how much the horses changed,” he remembers, laughing at the memory of an episode with Goldstern. “When Linda worked with Goldstern, he was suddenly transformed, standing there with his ears and neck drooping, totally relaxed. The next day, he was still so relaxed, he didn’t go well at all—because now he was lacking the necessary body tension to perform. I said to Linda, ‘I guess this didn’t work out! Do you think you could change the dose so he’s relaxed but doesn’t fall asleep?’

“The result was incredible. During the next session she worked with ‘Goldi’ in a slightly different way, and the following day he was just sensational.”

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…)

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…)

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