My Journey To Lightness with Philippe Karl Part V

Dozens of people met with great anticipation for the fourth session of the Instructor’s Course of Philippe Karl’s L’École de Légèreté. The Adderson Family again proved to be able hosts at their equestrian centre, “ForTheHorse”, in Chase, BC. Both riders and auditors were eager to see the progress made over the winter, to reconnect with colleagues, and to see what Philippe Karl’s responses would be to what was shown. The Instructor Candidates that had brought substitute mounts to the October session returned this April with their original horses, which added extra interest.

My Journey To Lightness with Philippe Karl Part IV

The third session of the Instructor’s Course of Philippe Karl’s L’École de Légèreté once again drew dozens of people from all over North America to the Adderson Family’s equestrian centre, “For The Horse”, in Chase, BC.

This session was taught by Bertrand Ravoux, one of four Instructors who are qualified by Philippe Karl to teach Instructor’s Courses of L’École de Légèreté. M. Ravoux did not disappoint and proved himself to be remarkably skilled for such a young person. Although he occasionally struggled with expressing himself in English he brought much clarity and humour to the session.

My Journey To Lightness with Philippe Karl Part III

The second session of the Instructor’s Course of Philippe Karl’s École de Légèreté once again drew dozens of people from all over North America to the Adderson Family’s equestrian centre, ‘For the Horse’, in Chase, BC. The atmosphere was cordial, with auditors returning as well as some attending for the first time.

My Journey To Lightness with Philippe Karl Part II

Dozens of equestrians converged upon the Adderson Family’s equestrian centre “For the Horse”, in the small town of Chase, BC to meet and learn from Philippe Karl during the first session of the École de Légèreté (School of Lightness) in North America. The evening before the session began, was a “Meet the Master” evening, at which M. Karl presented a lecture, and then answered questions from the audience and signed books.

My Journey To Lightness with Philippe Karl Part I

This April I will take another step on my journey toward artistry in horsemanship. My partner is my Lipizzan stallion, Caspar (Favory Fantasia III-1).

Training: Giving Your Horse Praise

You need to praise your horse a lot. It’s how the horse knows he did the right thing. Doing the right thing, so that others are happy with you is more then just a moral behavior. To a herd and prey animal, it’s survival. If you please the other members of your herd, they let you stay and protect you. If you don’t, they drive you away. You can watch horses teach this concept to bratty younger horses. Mares teach it to their foals in a no-nonsense way and older herd members teach the younger ones.

The Outside Rein-Part 1

Many years ago while visiting the stable of the late Hector Carmona in New Jersey, I was intrigued by a sign in his indoor arena that boldly proclaimed, “The secret of riding is the outside rein”.

I soon discovered that the outside rein (AKA the rein of opposition) has many critical jobs:

What Has Horsemanship Become?

I recall a time when not so long ago, there was basically no such thing as “natural horsemanship.” With marketing tycoons such as Pat Parelli the word ‘horsemanship’ has been forever revolutionized. Has good marketing replaced good horsemanship?

Riding Ain’t Easy!

Riding ain’t easy. If you are planning on becoming a rider or training your own horse the sooner you come to terms with that phrase the better. Of course riding is magical and amazing, but riding and training is also painful and tough and can sometimes be downright dirty.

When To Start Your Young Horse

There seems to be many answers to this question. The answer I generally give most people who ask me is “it depends.” Everyone has their own rules and ideas, just like child rearing. Nowadays with all the training fads out there and some natural horsemanship stuff and child laws I see more and more spoiled whinny kids and spoiled rotten horses! What every happened to giving your child a solid foundation? That does not mean be nice and give them anything they want. What ever happened to working for it? My mom used to make me actually do something, clean my room, do the dishes, take out the trash before I got a reward. I was taught this at a young age. The same should go for our horses. Teach them to respect young and they will grow up to be well mannered horses.