Horse Knowledge & Care
The subjects covered:
Horse Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology
Knowing your horse inside out is the best way to become a better rider. If you have your own horse, he / she can benefit from Equine Body Work (Equine Sports Massage) by Susanna Malkakorpi who will introduce you to the world of muscular tension and variety of strains in a riding horse.
Equine physiology from the training point of view will be discussed in detail and you will be encouraged to get to know "how your horse works" in depth. The subjects will be chosen to complement the content of your Training Plan.
You are also welcome to spend time observing the Academy's instructors when they ride their horses and/or work with them on the ground. Often we have less than straightforward horses to back, school or exercise for owners so there is always something new to learn. It will cost you nothing but might be the sort of priceless experience that can fast forward your learning more than many lessons.
Daily Care and Saddlery
You will learn about the care of the dressage horse, show-jumper and eventer; the demands of each discipline on the horse's body and how to care for a horse post-training, post-competition. The bitting and saddlery for each discipline will also be covered.