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.
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.
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.
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.