Horsegirl since ’98
“Horses have always been a stable factor in my life.”
Very cliché, but I cannot imagine a life without horses. They have always been a stable factor in my life. As soon as I was allowed I started horse riding lessons and going to summer camps, and as soon as I could I started studying equine management and sports. A lot of employees gave me the freedom to “experiment” with the horses at the yard, and one of those horses became my greatest student AND master. This is how I found my path to alternative ways of keeping and training horses. From the conventional competitive world on to natural horsemanship and straightness training, to what I passionately do now.
I’m a huge fan of all animals; I have a cat and a snake at home. Other hobbies and passions of mine are writing and photography, and I’m 100% addicted to Netflix.
Creativity and humour are what comes to people’s minds when I ask what they think of me as a horse person and trainer. And that’s fitting because I find FUN to be a crucial factor when interacting with any living creature.
What I stand for
I stand for creating harmony in horse-human
By adding structure, clarity, understanding, goodwill, variety, fairness and fun into practice I hope to address any underlying emotional issues, and vice versa! I want to share my passion, knowledge and experience through any medium I can make my own.
What do I give High priority to?
Sometimes just working on behaviour will cause desirable emotions to join the party later, but sometimes we have to let training go and create (self)confidence and goodwill before we return to the exercises.
You cannot address or change emotions directly, but we can take them into account by looking at calming signals, and staying below the threshold of aversiveness and too much stress.
It’s so much fun to observe horses solving puzzles and problems all on their own. I’m always looking for the exact right amount of challenge for them.
This is one of the reasons I prefer working at liberty. This stimulates autonomy, freedom of choice and resourcefulness. Teaching a horse to anticipate during training, as opposed to tolerating everything, is a huge game changer. We don’t want the horse to just do it, but the horse to like doing it.
My groundwork and riding lessons are probably not what you’re normally used to. I don’t necessarily want to see flashy or perfect movement; safety, health and fun come first. It’s all about exploring and finding what feels good within different postures and movements.
Whether your horse needs to lose some weight, or work on his posture and balance, or just needs some senior-friendly gym: I can help you.