I have been doing everything from jumping to trail riding, roping, cutting, classical dressage and bridleless riding and competing, but what really changed my life with horses is what I have learned about horses language, culture and communication system, and that lead me to Truly Liberty. I have worked with…
Connect with horses from your heart and educate your horse in Relationship-based Art of Riding from Liberty to Piaff™ via SPIRIT – MIND – BODY through a deep connection with the horse.
LIBERTY – IN HAND – BITLESS CLASSICAL DRESSAGE with The Art of Lightness, – without traditional pressure-release methods, domination or force.
Relationship-based Art of Riding stems from an ancient work where the handlingmethods used were rooted in matriarchy, i.e. women had the power in family and society and whose relationship-based cultures were once common. These relationship based cultures gave rise to a concept of beauty, symmetry, and divine interconnection that was Pythagorean’s philosophy that led to the creation of the doctrine that would become classical art of riding. By this method there is no resistance. One creates a habit in the mind of the horse that encourages to seek harmony with the rider. The horse seeks the rider’s touch and follows the touch to which it leads and both are free to express themselves.
The relationship with the horse is the essence of riding with thoughts, feeling and lightness. A training of the horse through a holistic way of working to achieve unity and consensus from the original holistic view of ancient times.
The ancient understanding, first rewritten as far back as by Xenophon, offers the inspiration and origin of what came to be known as classical horsemanship, academic riding and classical dressage, but this goes much deeper.
The education is relationship-based and based on a deep relationship and authentic communication as the relationship between mother and child, as between the mare and the foal and on authentic leadership. It is an unconditional love, kindness and softness that gives both the horse and the rider earth boundness and confidence. Read more about the philosophy.
Through Liberty Work, Work In Hand and The Riding that follows is the idea of taking it slowly and achieving a social life, where we do not base the education on scientific learning methods based on negative reinforcement in the form of pressure, discomfort, fear or pain, but work horses from the heart and let our love for the horse be our guide and let us be guided to excellence.
LIBERTY – is the first cornerstone of this unique relationship-based education program for a college riding horse. The interactions are achieved through connection, energy and body language. The result is a deep affinity and expression of joy and harmony, developed through mutual love and respect.
The relationship and training of the horse begins with the horse free without tack, tricks, treats, pressure or coercion, through horses’ natural herd rituals. Herd rituals are based on horses’ interconnection rituals and communication systems that are natural for horses. You will learn to communicate with the horse in its own language and how you effectively and completely from the horse’s freedom of choice will develop connection, trust, respect, willingness, focus and harmonious cooperation through a deep connection.
By communicating with horses through their natural herd instincts in a language they agree with, we create a leadership horses choose to follow, without coercion or domination and lay the foundation for a harmonious riding horse that is forward, agile, cooperative and responsive.
If you want to immerse yourself in the Herd rituals and Liberty work, go to the School Truly Liberty
IN HAND – The education with the horse free from the ground leads on to Work In hand with cordeo and caveson in the schools. The horse is initially trained only with a cordeo, for physical contact in preparation for schooling and riding. From here, light aids are developed – “The Art of Lightness™” with touch, vibrating and stimulation. Cordeon is replaced after the initial stage with a cavesson.
The horse gets used to our communication tool, a thin twig as an extension of our arm and we teach the horse the aids we will use on the ground, and which later in the training is transferred to the riding.
Through the important foundation of the Liberty Work, the horse is ready for tack without feeling trapped or manipulated. The horse is prepared to understand the feeling of a direct and indirect rein, and encourages focus and flexibility.
BITLESS CLASSICAL DRESSAGE – (Bitless Art of Riding) Third groundstone is unsuitable training of the horse in schools.
Bitless Riding is the third and final foundation stone and is completely unsolicited training of the horse in schools from the old school from ancient times. From riding the classical schools to high level, to riding in just a cordeo. Riding is an art of life and meditation that gives a proud, strong and well-balanced horse with the goal of achieving collection on hanging reins, without mechanical means.
Training the horse is done harmoniously to a strong, smooth, relaxed, durable and healthy riding horse. And be able to perform movements from the high school unbitly with collection on hanging rein and one-hand in lightness, balance and harmony.
Bitless Dressage is a concept with completely relationship-based communication and dressage as physiotherapy for the horse’s well-being. Learn how to achieve a deep relationship with the horse through awareness and spirituality, a strong connection and healthy biomechanics.
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Text and photo: Anneli Westlund Anja Beran was born 1970 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, As a teenager, she discovered her passion for classical dressage and at the age of only 15 her passion brought her to Portugal where she rode with the excellent master of horsemanship, Luis Valenca. Then…