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Some of the photo's I took from the cafeteria of the Spanish Riding School
The fact, that the Spanish Riding School was not at all reacting on the lot of mails... asking them to think their cooperation with Anky van Grunsven over has motivated me to publish photo's I myself made at the training of the Spanish Riding School about 4 years ago.
What I had seen there had upset me and I contacted Georg Wahl and Mrs Stückelberger who talked it over at the organization (Verein) and with the Direction of SRS. at that time.
I did not publish them, because I hoped, that this discussion would make the Direction think over the way they changed their training during the past years.
These photo's show riders who are using the Rollkur Method consciousely and riders who are not able to ride their horses in front of the vertical.
Find more shots at a PDF (see link below)
The Neck Shape Test
This is a illustration from my first book, The Natural Rider, drawn by Christine Bousfield. This shows what the horse's muscle should look l...ike from above on his neck when he is working correctly for dressage. The solid drawn line is correct and the dotted line is what occurs when the horse is ridden from the front to the back.
Have fun learning, so you can live the love you have for your horse.
Horses are great equalizers. They don't care who we are, or what we know, or how much money we have, or which trainer we follow, or how new or fancy our tack or... training tools are. They only care about how they feel when they are around us. It's one of the only places in horsemanship where we all begin, more or less, as equals.
One of the biggest shifts in my own horsemanship occurred a number of years ago when I realized the difference between doing something TO a horse as a way to ge...t a result, and doing something WITH a horse as a way to develop understanding. Another shift occurred when I could finally feel the difference.
Another perspective that fits so well with horses too