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Bent and Kathrin Branderup


In total, I have now spent 8 months as an intern with Bent Branderup for two periods, in addition to several short trips   of 1-2 weeks to be a helper at the summer academy.  


For me, it is important that the dressage training is positive for the horse's body. The training we do should give a stronger and healthier horse.


A little about the impression from the first internship period

I got a lot of new puzzle pieces that fit into the idea of training and treatment. It is always exciting to learn new things, but it is extra exciting when you get a small detail in place that ties many other factors together. Much of the work in standing and walking, with horses that had problems in their bodies, consisted of the same thing that I already do in a massage treatment situation. Instead of manually working on loosening the joints, there were now exercises where you do the same things. I still think treatment is important and has its place, partly because it can be less painful than working in motion. Being able to work with the same things in different ways is exciting, and it gave many new opportunities for combining treatment and training.

When Bent teaches interns, he does so to a large extent by beginning by explaining the new exercise to be worked on. How it should be, why it should be like that, common mistakes, why the mistakes are mistakes and the consequences of the mistake. Some mistakes go well for a period of time on the road, others do too much damage. Then you have to try to get the task done yourself and you will be told if something is right or wrong. The advantage of that (and also the reason why he does it) is that when you have to figure out how to solve things yourself, you remember it much better than if you just train the horse by doing as you are told. His goal is not to train the horses through the students, but to train the students into trainers who can train the horses. Sometimes, of course, we also received regular teaching with little pokes at the seat and details. During the first two months at Bent's, we worked with field work and lunging during the lessons. Once we had taken the "Field work and lunging test" we switched to riding in the lessons and continued with field work and lunging on our own. I really liked the big focus on WHY. I always get a kick out of learning new things, and training where you are constantly shown why you should do things suits me very well. Why the horse should be bent on the volte, why it is important to have the heel down, why the heel should be given at a certain moment of the movement - always why! 


From second intern period 

This period was very much about riding, details in the seat and feeling. Almost every week there was something new that required all my focus before it fell into place and became part of my seat. There were things like k genne if the inside behind pulls inward in the circle or outward if I lost it. Many rounds where the feeling of what a right and wrong collection is changed with a new detail. Could put a parade on one hind leg and send the other forward, know if the hind legs take the parade and when I can ask for a parade on the inside rear, outside rear or both. It was also feeling if the inside of my shoulder was lower than the outside and if the bend to Pila is stable enough that I don't have to do anything to maintain it or if I have to work constantly for it, if so what can i do so i get the feeling of just mugging. The whole summer was characterized by details like those above and the feeling that Pila has reached a level where we could focus on my position and learning, which simply made for an extremely good internship stay. 

During the second internship period, I had also discovered what a fantastic trainer Kathrin Brandrup is, and throughout my stay was taught by both of them. What's so nice about Kathrin's lessons is that I get to solve problems, if something gets technical and difficult during Bent's lessons, Kathrin has a mental picture that makes it work. This meant that I could not get stuck in the training for a while, but could instead constantly work on new things. In addition, I had very talented co-interns who were an inspiration in themselves, there were lots of talented weekly students (and I got lessons from various trainers who otherwise rarely come to Norway) and the whole period was simply a fantastic learning experience._cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

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