The bold self-assurance with which a horse performs; normally goes hand-in-hand with the trust he/she has in partnership with the rider.
USDF describes “contact” as
The reins are stretched so that they form a straight line, not a loop. “Correct contact” or “acceptance of contact” is determined by the elasticity of the connection between horse and rider. (Note: The third tier of the Training Pyramid is represented by the concept of “Connection” in the U.S., and by the concept of “Contact” [translation of “Anlehnung”] by the FEI [see Foreign Terms section].)
I believe contact and building a connection to the horse are synonymous. I like to […]
Show season started late for J’Equestrienne and Jutta Heinsohn as we moved the horses to our home environment and had to settle them in, reschedule their work program, and get back into the groove, figuring out the logistics of work arenas, timing and the like.
April 2014: Our first foray into showing for 2014 was the end of April, and we took just one horse. Costalero XV (Costi) is a lovely black P.R.E. stallion […]
I’m a German trained Bereiter, F.N. formerly trained in Warendorf, Germany who has focused primarily on dressage for the past 30 years. In the 80’s (1985) I had an epiphany… his name was Buck Branaman.
I was importing horses from Europe (Germany in particular), training and breeding Hanoverians in California at St. George’s Farm (Moorpark) at the time, now a thoroughbred breeding farm.
My father had sent me an extraordinarily well bred 3-year-old Hanoverian gelding as a gift (Maat dressage lines). As I started him […]