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.
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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
And for the future….
7 April 2019
– 20/21/22 April 2019 Centered Riding Belgium will be present with an interactive stand and lectures (every day from 4.45pm until 5.45pm) at the Wallonie Equestre Event in Libramont.
– The (printed) May edition of the Cap magazine will contain an article about Centered Riding. This is the first of a series of 3 articles on this topic. At the end of the series, we will discuss how we use the Centered Riding basic principles in our own specific discipline. So I will explain how soft eyes, breathing, building blocks, centering, clear intend, and grounding can help you not only on the horse, but also alongside during groundwork (with or without clickertraining).
– 30/31 May 2019 we will organize a Centered Riding Open Clinic = clinic open to everyone (all levels, all disciplines). This will take place in Maarkedal and cost €295. Register by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– After the success of the Alexander Technique Workshops last year, we will do this again this summer:
- 22 June : An introduction day will take place at the end of June. In this workshop the intention is to bring body awareness so that you avoid misuse of your body, which leads to physical complaints.
- 21 July : follow-up workshop during the month of July in which this body awareness is further explored in relation to riding.
– 22, 23, 24 and 25 August I will teach at HorseBoostCamp, a 4-day immersion into clickertraining with Inge Teblick and several guest-teachers.
Cap magazine spended an article on us!
28 Februari 2019
The demo I gave with Capitaine was noticed by a magazine which goes by the name of Cap and they wrote an article about it.
We are, of course, very honored, but still want to adjust the explanation about the placement of the food reward here :
It is true that you place the food reward somewhere and the horse will get it there, which is different from using your hand to go to the horse’s mouth. The place where you put the food is in function of what you want to train and that is not necessarily ergonomic for humans. On the other hand, we want the horse to do its exercise in an ergonomic way, so it’s more likely that it will be in an ergonomic place for the horse.
Flanders Horse Expo
28 Februari 2019
Together with the colleagues from Centered Riding Belgium we did bodywork at our interactive stand at Flanders Horse Expo.
There were also a number of demos and lectures.