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Create flexion in your horse’s body

Create flexion in your horse's body

A distanced variation on the groundwork pattern

Lately, I’ve received a couple of questions from riders with pushy horses, often young stallions.

Their horse stepped into their space, pushing into the handler and often trying to bite as well.

''When you work at a distance, it’s not inviting for the horse to push on you.''

When I work with a horse like that, especially with young stallions, I adapt my groundwork pattern to one that’s distanced.

One that puts space between me and the horse, creating a healthy and understanding relationship.

When you work at a distance, it’s not inviting for the horse to push on you. It can actually help the horse before he has the discipline and knowledge of where he is and makes it easier for him to find the rest.

Curious what that looks like? Check it out in the video below.

TRT Podcast #15: Founding TRT Method while navigating parenthood and entrepreneurship

TRT Podcast Episode #15

Founding TRT Method while navigating parenthood and entrepreneurship

In this episode, I share the fascinating story behind the creation of the TRT Method Horse Training with my co-founder Conny Loonstra. 

We’ll talk about our journey of starting the TRT Method, while also discussing insights into entrepreneurship and parenting.

''Ever wondered about the brains and the muscles behind TRT Method?''

We reveal the challenges we faced and the victories we achieved in bringing our vision to life.

You’ll get a firsthand look at our experiences as entrepreneurs and parents, and how we manage to balance both roles.

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Are you making or teaching the piaffe

Are you making or teaching piaffe?

As a Grand-Prix rider and horse trainer, I’ve seen many horses do a piaffe.

 However, only a handful of them mastered it in a way that is sustainable for their bodies.

A well-executed piaffe should look so easy that it seems like the horse could do it all day.

The movement flows from their willingness to perform. That’s why teaching a piaffe is way better than just making a horse do it.

''Lead your horse to success''

I believe that a horse should understand a movement before they can execute it.

By providing clear explanations before practicing and, more importantly, teaching, you set your horse up for success.

Take your time to ask, and give your horse time to respond. The difference between making a horse do a piaffe and teaching them is just one second.

For more insights on this topic, check out the video below.

And don’t worry, Hans is perfectly fine! 🤣

Starting a pushy and curious 2 year old

Starting a young horse

Roxy: A pushy and curious horse

I had a first training session in our indoor arena with Roxy the other day. Roxy is a soft and curious 2-year-old. 

Because she’s young and I worked with her for the first time, she’s not really aware of where she is within the space of conversation.

She tends to be a little bit pushy and walk over and through me.

In this blog, I’ll show you bits of our first training session. 👇

Leading exercise

So once she starts to get a little busy and pushy I start to give some reference of where she is within the space of conversation.
 
Within TRT we accomplish this with the leading exercise, where you create some awareness of the spot where your horse should focus on.
 
This way you’re creating that your horse’s focus will also shift to you, instead of the environment.
 
You’re relieving him of all the other jobs that are giving him tension, such as watching other horses, and replace it with a singular job: to measure the distance between you and him, like in the video below.
 

Don't forget about the awareness

When you’ve got the feeling that your horse is understanding what you’re asking of him, take a step back and start with an awareness exercise.
 
It’s important that you’re not working too long on one specific exercise. Especially with a young horse, who has to learn a lot of new things.
 
Check your horse to see if he is gaining value of what you’re asking of him.

Moving front legs

Then you can start with moving the front legs.

You can ask your horse to follow the rein and step behind and across.

This will teach him to find balance and control.

Moving hind legs

The idea is that you create flexion and bend in your horse’s body and therefore more stability and physical relaxation.

This is the pattern you can always go back to when you feel your horse getting tense in his body.

Working with tools

You now have an understanding of the basic groundwork pattern and from there, you can teach your horse how to control himself in a human environment.

Within TRT we do this with the tools.

The tools represent different elements like touch (see the video below), movement, and sound.

Want to know more?

Sarah’s journey within TRT Method

Sarah's journey within TRT Method

Sarah’s horse, a brumby, had a rocky start.

As she felt she needed something to help her horse, Sarah stumbled upon TRT Method during COVID, and it was a real game-changer.

''TRT delves into the human experience and the internal journey mirrored in our horses.''

For Sarah, it meant stepping away from riding when it no longer served her horses’ mental well-being and starting with groundwork instead.

What truly made a difference for Sarah was the supportive community within TRT. ❤️

Feeling isolated in her journey, she discovered a lot of comfort in a group of like-minded riders from all over the world.

Their feedback and support played a crucial role in her personal growth, which helped her tremendously in her journey with her brumby.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story Sarah. I’m really grateful for this! 🙏

TRT Podcast #14: Stress causing lesions in the mouth? with Wouter Demey

TRT Podcast Episode 14

Stress causing lesions in the mouth? with Wouter Demey

In this episode I speak with Wouter Demey, veterinarian and specialist in equine dentistry. We talk about a lot of interesting topics, like why some horses are very sensitive on the bars, what the effect of stress is on the blood flow in the head and what it means when a horse has a lot of saliva during riding. 

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The Frustrated Horse That Wants To Dominate

In this episode of TRT Rescue, we meet a very frustrated horse who wants to dominate people.
 
He is showing this behavior, particularly to people who are not quite certain what to do when working with him.
 
Owner Britt was near desperation when her horse needed treatment for an OCD but no vet could get near her gelding.

''They needed to sedate him with a tranquilizer dart''

They tried to sedate him in every traditional way, but that didn’t work.
 
The only way to help him was by sedating him with a tranquilizer dart for wildlife, a step Britt wasn’t comfortable with.
 
She decided to quit the treatment and looked for help.
 
During this episode of TRT Rescue you’ll follow Tristan as he takes on the challenge to understand why Britt’s horse acts this way and works to bring back confidence and relaxation. 🌟🐎

TRT Podcast #13 – Don’t STEAL the energy of your horse

TRT Podcast Episode 13

Don't STEAL the energy of your horse

with Jacob Janssen

In this episode, we dive into the market of equestrian products. 

What are the trends and how do the products that we use for our horses have evolved over time? Jacob also sheds light on the critical balance between functionality and design. 

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TRT Podcast #12 – The danger of a talented horse

TRT Podcast Episode 12

The DANGER of talented horses

It’s easy to take the abilities of talented horses for granted, but rushing through exercises withou proper preparation, and the right explanation of all the steps, can lead to issues later on.
 
Take flying changes for example.
 
While a less talented horse requires careful steps like perfecting transitions, it can seem quite easy and  effortlessly for a talented horse.
 
The danger in this?

''Without groundwork, also the talented horses can struggle when expectations rise.''

In this episode of the TRT Podcast, I dive into the world of training talented horses.

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Free conversation

Free conversation

When working in, what we call our free conversation within the TRT Method, keep in mind to let them join the conversation, too. 

It’s not about you doing all the talking and leaving no room for your horse’s voice.

At the same time, don’t let the horse take the reins in the conversation, deciding when you can or can’t speak.

It’s about finding a balance.

I’ve had a free conversation with Ocamilla the other day. 

She’s had some trauma from the being started under saddle process, so it’s an important exercise to gain value and a positive connection.

Watch our conversation here. 👇

How to start?

Depending on the type of horse, I generally start by drawing the horses attention or redirecting the horses energy if they are unaware of the space between us.

I maintain an atmosphere of open communication where everything flows freely, without being dictated by my desires for the horse to perform specific commands.

With Ocamilla I started with a basic feel of the patterns first.

By doing things like making eye contact, turning, and pausing for a good scratch, you’re building up that connection between you and your horse.

Interact and have fun

Through joining in with you, your horse will find that interaction with you is fun, enjoyable, and rewarding.

I also added some other things to this free conversation, like the stretching wall.

You could build some different obstacles in the arena, something to go around between, over or under. Be free in it.

I find the stretching wall a very nice way to encourage the horse to participate in something that requires effort but also gives a physical reward.

The sense of being together and working together

A free conversation with your horse will give you a lot of information.

It will help you understand the dialog and it will also give you both a better connection with each other.

This is particularly crucial for a horse like Ocamilla, who has experienced trauma and is feeling quite uncertain.

Through a free conversation, your horse gets to engage with something enjoyable and genuine, allowing them to be completely honest.

This approach can break some of those patterns that were introduced in the beginning that create uncertainty and defense.

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DECEMBER 11, 5 PM CET

DECEMBER 11, 5 PM CET

Something exciting is coming up!

For years, I’ve been creating a healthier and more relaxed way to approach the equestrian sport with our horses and many have tagged along.

But many is not enough.

Only the full 100% is. I want to give every horse the confident and stress-free life they deserve. And you’re part of it. 

Join me in one of my most insane reveals yet!