Q: How do you initiate training with a new horse?
A: By feeling the horse. Watching, observing, reading the energy. I want there to be an honest meeting before any work starts happening, without expectations. And then I usually get an idea on where to start. What exercises I do depend mainly on what the goals for the horse are.
Q: Who inspires you most?
A: My horses! And all the horses I meet in my work. When it comes to humans I can’t say I have one person that inspires me the most - I draw inspiration from a lot of different people from all kinds of different disciplines. There is something to be learned from everyone.
Q: How did you help new horses to trust you and come up to you instead of walking away?
A: By never forcing myself on them. I walk up to them as close as they are confident in having me, and then I wait. I focus on my own energy and what kind of expectations I’m putting on the horse - preferably none at all. I just wait. As soon as they look at me I back off or even walk away. This way I build their curiosity and in time they will start following when I back away. Cookies are of course a great way to build confidence as well but I never bribe them, it’s more like a pleasant surprise when they walk up to me.
Q: Who takes you everyday photos of your training?
A: It varies a lot. Friends or family. My dad has taken a lot of especially the older ones.
Q: How do you get the horses to understand you and do what you ask?
A: Years and years of practice... but to me, the most important thing is not that my horses understand me but that I understand them. Knowing how their psychology works, what motivates them, what scares them, how they play, what they look like when they are happy or thinking or tired. The art of reading horses is the biggest part of it for me, and that comes only from spending hours at end watching them.
Q: Do you live alone in that beautiful house of yours?
A: No, I share it with Iso and Billy and Casper. And an unlimited amount of spiders and mice. 🐺😼🐭🕷
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