EQUESTRIAN101 offers Combined Training based on a classical system. By focusing on a solid foundation, we develop happy and sound athletes that are prepared to excel in any discipline.
Riding, regardless of discipline, means teaming up with the horse to become the best versions of ourselves. How can we improve posture, kinetics, suppleness and strength? We work on becoming healthier, more balanced, with focus on longevity and pleasure in movement. We take responsibility for our own body and the influence our riding and management has on the horse. If we choose to perform and compete it must be secondary. Horse first.
Competition can be a guide and a quality check of the training process. We use the competition forum to serve the Horse, and not the other way around. This is the only way using others for sport can be justified.
"Any benefits from early concentration on a single sport tend to be offset by the limitations in motor skill development, a greater risk of overuse injuries, and boredom. Young horses undoubtedly benefit from early diversification, and statistics show that if horses compete in two or more disciplines before they are 7 years old, they have longer competitive careers than those that participate in only one sport."
- Hilary Clayton BVMS, PhD, Diplomate ACVSMR, MRCVS
The systematic gymnastic training provides the rider with a good understanding of how to develop healthy biomechanics for their horse.
We use a variety of exercises and movements always guided by the training scale. If the fundamentals are not in place, the quality of the advanced movements will be mediocre at best incorrect or artificial at worst.