Horse’s Mind was born out of a hobby of mine. The result of a passion for horses and teaching others. I’m a recreational riding who values good riding skills and having a good connection with your horse. I enjoy spending time with horses, both with my feet on the ground as with me riding on their back, so much so that it has now become my primary occupation.
Here you will find an overview of all the courses I’ve followed.
Groundwork & Clickertraining
I will explain you how you can teach your horse various things while you are besides him with your feet on the ground. For this I use the classic horsemanship techniques of pressure and release. To that I add in clickertraining. With clickertraining the desired behaviour gets marked with a specific signal. The horse then knows that after said signal he will get a treat. This technique is an extremely powerful tool to tell your horse what it is you want him to do.
Centered Riding is based on the teachings of Sally Swift. It’s an alternative way to give riding lessons where the focus lies on the rider instead of the horse. Through an increased awareness of yourself and your horse, and through the use of imaginary things happening around and in you you will learn exactly what to do with your body and when. This is something “good riders” do out of their own instincts, but is hard to explain.
Since November 2017 I am officially recognized as a level 2 Centered Riding instructor.
My horses are not available for rent, therefor you will need to have your own horse if you want to take lesson with me.
My lessons costs €35/hr and can happen at my home or any other location. Should you decide to follow the lesson somewhere other than my home, additional travel costs may be applied depending on the distance.
Because I prefer to focus my attention entirely on my student, I only have one-on-one sessions. Group lessons are unavailable unless it’s a clinic.
For Centered Riding lessons I will require a riding arena, though in the summer a flat field will suffice.
For groundwork and clicker training, the horse in question must me able to be isolated from others. Clicker training can also happen in a box (for horses who can’t go outside due to an injury, for example).
I can come teach on a clinic revolving around clickertraining or posture and seat if you organise one yourself.
Clickertraining clinics I do myself. The first day is always half a day theory and exercises without horses + training sessions with the horses in the afternoon.
The next days we will take 2 sessions with every horse, with some potential theory weaved in. You are welcome to join in for the 1 day introduction whether or not you are interested in joining for the later days aswell.
“Posture and seat” clinics I will give together with a colleague of mine who is also a Centered Riding instructor. Those always include 2hrs of theory/bodywork and personal riding lessons. We can give lessons simultaneously or one of us can explain everything to the audience while the other focuses on the rider.
If you are within 30min driving distance from my home I will displace myself for free. Should you happen to be outside of that range it would be best if you’d contact me to ask how much the displacement fees will be. Lessons on the other side of the ring around Brussels I preferably do on Sundays or outside of the rush hours.
My lessons at home (outside arena) cost at the normal rate €35/hr. There is a parking with plenty of room to turn with a horsevan.
Ik heb thuis een gedraineerde buitenpiste. U kan deze huren om te komen rijden (zonder lesgever) aan 5€/u .
I have a drained arena at my home which you can rent for €5/hr (this will be without an instructor, centered riding or otherwise).
Capitaine du Pous is a horse from the French Camargue region born in 2013. Until he was 5 years old he lived in total freedom in the swamps nearby Arles. Since May 2017 he lives with me.
He was saddlebroken here and together we are discovering the world. He's a fast learner, is very curious and despite the calmth in his head he is pretty forward. An easy horse you'd think, but he doesn't let himself be fooled around : an unfriendly rider will be thrown off without warning. With calm guidance however he will go anywhere for you.
Capitaine was the model for Horse's Mind's logo. His name is in honor of another Camargue horse who was named Capitaine aswell, who played with Fernandel in the film "Heureux qui comme Ulysse".
Zenghi is a halfblood Arab horse. born in 1997 and is the reason why I can do the things I do today with horses.
He's is an enormous drama queen, clumsy, hypermobile, and panicky. There was a time where everyone declared me insane for no selling him, especially after he reared and threw me off, resulting in me landing on my head. But I'm stubborn and went looking for solutions to better my relationship with him.
At the end of his career we could do anything any recreational rider should be able to do, except that with Zenghi everything had to be taught. He now enjoys his retirement life in my back yard.
Bronco van de Molenstede is my Shetland stallion. I've had him since he was 1 year old and we have a really good connection.
My original purpose was to go to demo's with him, which is why he knows so many little tricks (and enjoys showing these off).
His primary job today is being a garden ornament and ocasionally trying to convice Capitaine he is the leader of the pack. Capitaine, having lived 5 years in an actual herd in the wild, isn't easily impressed by a 70cm tall stallion.
Events & News
Workshop Alexander technique
11 September 2018
Again another Alexander technique workshop where everyone returned home with a refreshed feeling of self consciousness about their posture.
Next year we’ll definetly be organizing this event again in its current form, but also a follow-up session where we’ll focus more on the excercises that Sally Swift proposed in her book.
The dates will be confirmed around March/April. Be sure to sign up in time since we only have so many slots to fill and the demand to join is high
For those who want some extra info about Alexander Technique:
The Alexander Technique (A.T.) is an educational process that was created to retrain habitual patterns of movement and posture which may lead to various physical complaints such as neckpain, backpain, fatigue, loss of concentration, breathing problems, and sports injuries.
A.T. is one of the base principles of Centered Riding which means that any rider can benefit from delving deeper into this technique. This isn’t exclusive to riders though, as non-riders with neck- and backpain caused by everyday activities (e.g. working at a computer) can benefit from this aswell.
At the start and near the end of the workshop we asked a participant to take a seat on the saddle. In both instances she was given no instructions on how to sit down. Here you can view the difference.
28 June 2018
Centered Riding Belgium will organise its first instructor training. This event will run from 14-16 September, and from 11-14 October. Expect to see some more Centered Riding instructors at the second half of October! For more info, visit the Centered Riding Belgium website.
News from me and Capitaine
11 September 2018
During the summer me and Capitaine did a lot of trailriding. We went to het Zoniënwoud, Hallerbos, Pajottenland, Mechelen tot Vilvoorde, Aspelare and surroundings. Besides our weekly dressagelesson we also took a few calvetti lessons. All of this to give my small yet brave horse as good of an education as possible.
From the 14th until the 16th of September I will be in Aardooie to translate the instructorcourse for the French-speaking students. From the 18th until the 28th of September I will be on holiday, and from the 11th until the 14th of October I will be back to translating and following the Centered Riding update. For those wanting to book a lesson should try to plan one between 28/9 and 11/10, otherwise it will be for after the 14th of October.
11 September 2018
– Update Centered Riding (11/10 until 14/10) with Judy Cross. This update will coincide with part 2 of the instructorcourse. This is the first clinic on location I will be doing with Capitaine. I have moved him around plenty before, but this will be the first time he’ll be staying the night and with so many other horses.
– Seminar with Michèle Pouillot on the 3rd and 4th of November. She’s a clickertrainer who is specialized in service dogs and doggydance. She’s also the one who helped Alexandra Kurland with the training of Panda, the service pony. She’ll be visiting Belgium for a 2-day long seminar, hence why I don’t want to miss this.