Clinic med Erik Herbermann

29 augusti 2010, Arrow Equestrian, Herefordshire, England. Erik Herbermann är holländare med bl a tysk ridbakgrund, bor i USA. Håller träningar och clinics i klassisk ridning; innebär här dressyrridning/skolridning utan tävlingsinslag. Även författare till ridhandböcker.


Citerat, till olika ryttare under dagen:


"Reach, energy, stay under me, light and flow – a thousand times. Never chase after good feels; do the right things and good feels come." Tiometersvolter utmed medellinjen bra övning.


"You need to delegate, not just push, push." Byta sittben vart åttonde--tionde steg håller hästen alert och mindre bekymrad om var du är. " Do a downward transition on the diagonal to keep him from tanking, watch out so he doesn't fall into tanking along (stor häst med kliv). We need to excite the horse's mind, not his body, it's much better if he can move his body himself. Let the weight in the rein stay the same, regardless of going deep or short."


"You're kind of doing it, but not giving her the feel of doing it. It only works when you have the school figure in mind, you have to be clear about what you want to do. Bombing around can be just a fraction faster, that you lose the rythm. Feel the canter in your horse before you start. Take care not to ambush her, that she tenses instead of steps. The horse needs the steady contact, not on and off."


"It's perfectly normal that a youngster has the brain all over the place, but show him just how lovely it is to be under your tea-cosy. Just distract him. Don't get too serious, to get this and that done. He's not mature enough (femåring), so he starts to see things he rather wants to do. The more you are playful, the more he will want to do things for you, horses hate serious people. I use my inner voice to say hey, let's do this. It's so important that we do not put bolts in our horse's mind, just ride and do what you want to do. Work him well for five minutes and leave him. Don't ever let the horse know what you think, don't let him get under your skin.

Horses don't get bored. Follow your gut feel. Always do what your horse needs. You don't need to go through walk, trot and canter to get the job done, get it done in walk, if that gets the best result. Don't play mind games with the horse, be clear and specific.

If the horse tugs (drar i tygeln), never tug back, just do what you want to do. Just shock absorb the tugging and if necessary, slip the rein a bit. Never fight it, 'cus it's a symptom, not a cause. If the forearm is droppable (ryttarens underarm), the contact is coming through, if the biceps is tense, the contact stops and the forearm is not droppable."


"Being assertive doesn't mean digging into the horse. Just tell the horse come, come, do this. Pushing the horse forward but not running – get the feel of going up the hill and energy goes through the whole horse and the seat, catch up.

That forwardness is empty! You have pushed beyond that driveable place. The come on let's go needs to be within the driveable seat. He's in front of the leg and seat, no longer really driveable and going around emptily.

You wait until the horse slows and you get him into the driveable seat, feeling he's at the seat – come under me, come under me. He needs to be at the seat while I'm doing it. Have him right under you in halt makes the responsiveness get better. Pretend you're going to canter in the halt instead of  'I'm having trouble at the halt'.

Know what you want. Keep your mind strong at what you want, but your aids fine. Your spirit wakes the horse's spirit, so he can move his body. It's not obedience that makes good horsemanship, it's understanding. 

Think of everything in canter transitions and do something else instead. Think of what's under your seat, don't do the reins so much. Don't occupy yourself with bad moments, don't fix, just go on and keep your school figure in mind and get on, don't worry. Guidance every moment, don't allow empty spaces. Clarity and simplicy. The seat doesn't act on the reins if they are too long."


"Only when you ride accurately you can use the energy of the horse. You need to be in a clear, purposeful manner. Correct him, leave him alone. You want to feel the horse is saying: no problem! You're guiding the horse's energy and he's moving himself. Anything else is muscheling around. Never aim your aids at the horse – say hey, let's go here, let's do this!"


"Don't fiddle the hands, always mutual hands. Speak one language, not 50 different. You can't hold his head down with your hands, use energy to get him going. Don't have emotion in your aids, don't get hard in your head, heart or hands."


"The seat just rests, just sit there. Rest those forearms. Forward and down, not for hours, toss it in between. Tap-tap like you want to keep it (spöet) on his skin, instead of like a sting. Space for animation, a little tuning that lasts for the whole ride. Perk your horse up without making him nuts, it's the small aids that make him go. His back needs to have the same freedom when you shorten the rein as when he's on the buckle (på lång tygel). Be independent, don't hold, don't hang on. Clarity is not sharp. When you play with energy, it takes finesse. Drive when you feel that you need it, not when you think you should. Holding is being pregnant, you either are or you're not, not just a fraction."