Training & Lessons

Tölt Icelandic Horse
Back in Europe I used to love competing. This is Eðall, a fantastic horse and teacher, who was 22! at the time of this competition.

I am certified in training Icelandic Horses in their special gaits and have 30 years of experience in riding Icelandics. I offer schooling, rider tuition, groundwork and starting young horses. Even though my greatest interest is the challenge of training a horse in four or five gaits, I am always curious about working with other horse breeds too. Over the years I have gained a lot of experience working with mainly Icelandic horses in Austria, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand.

Tölt Icelandic Horse
My beautiful mare Hvöt during training on the oval track
Haunches- In Luccia
My current horse Luccia doing well at Haunches-In form the ground

 

I am a big fan of groundwork and lungeing which is a great way for gaited horses to learn to balance themselves without the rider. The horses are worked only with a cavesson and I never use any training aids like draw reins etc. I believe that you can’t force horses into a certain frame and any constant pressure only produces counter pressure. I focus on how to shape the horse and correct imbalance.

Pole work Icelandic Horse
Luccia doing pole work which improves rhythm and suppleness and the ability to engage the hindquarters

In my lessons and training I pay special attention to rider and horse symmetry. Since I have had a lot of injuries and several ligament surgeries myself, I know about the struggle with compensation and asymmetry with regard to riding. I like to make use of foam rollers, fit balls and other equipment and often get riders to do some off-horse exercises as well as a warm up. My training as a Pilates teacher helps me identify and improve the rider’s incorrect posture and movement patterns, and give students appropriate exercises to practise outside of the lesson.

Riding lesson Icelandic horse
Talking through preparational exercises for Tölt

Another tool that I am a fan of is my set of Franklin balls, which stimulate the fascia and move the rider in a three dimensional way, creating a feeling of a deeper seat and help break away from movement patterns that have become established over the years. I am Franklin Ball Method certified and love incorporating Franklin Method principles in my teaching. 

Franklin balls
Franklin balls under the armpits are great for working on the rider's arm position.