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trening av hest

Monika Müller


After I started at NMBU, I thought that I couldn't be an intern - at least not for a good number of years, but then I realized that there were three months without subjects in the summer. I had heard a lot of positive things about academic riding, and that it should be very healthy exercise for the horse's body. That meant that I went down to Michelle Wolf in Denmark as a weekly student for eight days, and used the time to get to know her horses, especially the school horses. The conclusion was that Michelle's horses were in very good shape. I therefore decided that I wanted to learn more about academic riding, and applied for an internship with Monika Müller.


When I was with Monika, I became even more fascinated by this form of training. The first big experience was the understanding of backswing. This was incredibly exciting. How the horse's chest should swing and make room for the hind legs under the body. The reason why this became so important to me was the great effect it had on my horse, Pila,'s body. A training session of 15-20 minutes, where the horse gets the back swing started, had a much greater effect than direct treatment on the muscles. After this, I learned about more and more connections between training and treatment. It's amazing to see what effect correct training can have on the body!


Monika has a strong focus on movement and rehabilitation, as well as making sure that the horse is always involved in the training. In order for the training to have a good effect on the horse's body, it is important to make sure that the horse handles the training, wants to participate and feels that it has mastered the tasks. It becomes particularly important when working with the rehabilitation of horses with poor movement patterns, since the process can be both tiring and painful.


An important focus when I was taught by Monika was to see and feel. Know how the horse moves and where tensions are so that you can work with them. There is also a focus on knowing how the horse moves, and which leg does what when, which are important details to be able to give signals at the right moment.


Another thing that was fantastic about being an intern with Monika at Stall Havang was the atmosphere at the place. It is completely normal for one or more people to train or groom their horses loosely or with a collar. The whole place has a calmness about it and a very pleasant atmosphere where everyone has respect for the horses as independent individuals. It's always nice to take a trip in and be reminded of how it is that I want to train horses.




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