Josepha Guillaume

Josepha Guillaume

Friday, 07 June 2013 11:40

Food rewards

There are people who say it is unnatural to reward a horse with food. Strangely enough, often those same people seem to think it is natural for a horse to be put in a round pen and be chased out of his wits. Personally I think when monitoring natural horses as well as the ones that live amongst humans, it seems a very natural thing to reward a horse with food.

Friday, 07 June 2013 11:20

Gymnasium Riding™

Equus Universalis™ Gymnasium riding

Riding in a way that empowers the horse!

Gymnasticizing = Communicating! 

The schooling of horses by the old master’s methods is referred to in Europe as the Gymnasium or Classical exercises. The classical exercises such as Shoulder in, Haunches in, piaffe and the airs are in fact nothing more than natural movements horses make. But why do they make them? They make them as a means of communication! The classical exercises are their language!

Riding for the benefit of the horse?
Yes it is possible! Riding does not have to be harmful if we make sure certain ground rules are adhered at all times. Within Equus Universalis™ gymnasium riding is a part of the whole program that we do to see whether our horse has improved in strength suppleness and ability. We can use our body as ‘fitness tool’ to increase the horse’s empowerment and further develop our feather light two way communication.

When we ride to make sure that our horse is absolutely safe and comfortable and our clear and pure two way communication remains, we only ride with a soft cavesson, cordeo and good fitting, light and preferably flexible saddle. We may carry a whipe or twig to assist our arm or legs, by means of touch or gentle tap. Hitting, kicking, bits and spurs are not allowed in the Riding Art of the 21st century.

Before we start riding however we prepare our horse via Bodyshaping, Microshaping, Gymnasiam play and Gymnasium in hand. So check out the other parts of Equus Universalis.

Friday, 07 June 2013 11:20

Gymnasium Play™

Gymnasium play™
Invite and inspire your horse to produce his artful expressions, the equine equivalent of human ballet if you will. Within Gymnasium play, your horse will freely show the dressage movements that will heal and empower him
As the movement natural horses make are nothing more as their language, it is  a logic cansequence that while playing freely with your horse and experimenting with your own body language and the reaction of the horse to your movements lays the foundation of a beautiful and clear communication between you and your horse.
The beauty of the horse's nature is that their body language at the same time heals and empowers their body.

Within Equus Universalis you will be taught how to ask the horse Gymnasium exercises in complete freedom with nothing more then your own movements.

During Gymnasium play we may use a twig or whip to make our arm longer or make a movement more clear. We might also use a cordeo. Next do that we can use any atribute that offers our horse and us fun and stimulation such as fitness balls, pawns, poolnoodles, groundpoles etc.

Movements include exercises such as:

- Ramaner
- Die Schaukel
- Shoulder lifts
- Shoulder in
- Travers
- Halt
- Transitions
- Jambette and Spanish walk
- Chase the tiger

Gymnasium play can be used to:
- build confidence communication and trust between human and horse
- educate youngsters
- rehabilitate horses with mental and/or Physical trauma's
- keep retured horses happy, healthy and busy
Gymnasium play can also be used to coach humans with the assistence of horses

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