Many horses have difficulties with letting go, activating back muscles, bending correctly or moving supple. It is the base of the cervical spine that often causes these issues. In this video Maike Knifka (osteopathic physiotherapist) explain how horse owners can...
The most important requirement for a good and correct movement pattern is suppleness. Horses that are tense, nervous or afraid will always move in a rather bad manner. Note: We define suppleness in the horse when he is physically and mentally relaxed and enjoys the...
Before we start looking at the details of a specific horse’s way of moving, we need to take a look at the basic gaits – walk, trot, and canter. In order to be able to evaluate the basic gaits, one must know what they normally look like – in general, but also in...
Q: My horse has learned to move with good balance in a relaxed manner, but as soon as I try to activate the hind end his good posture falls apart. Should I go back to just working at a slower speed? A: One of my guidelines is: “Only focus on one detail at a time”...
No bend without flexion! In order to bend along the whole spine the horse needs a flexible poll which can bend to the inside, as we can see here with Dalia: Note: No flexion – no bend! Fault #1: Overbending the neck Instead of correctly giving at the poll, many...
We differentiate between three positions: forward down, working frame and collection. Suppleness is most important at first, so we usually shift between forward down and a working frame during lungeing. Advanced horses can be worked in collection on the lunge but...
A really excellent course. Interesting for me, as a trainer, to read, as the course confirmed my determination to continue my opposition to the thankless business of lungeing on a bit and the tying up and packaging of horses with sidereins etc. and to continue to explain to people why. Through the course I have learnt many more good reasons for my opinion – to the benefit of horses – thank you so much!!! Karolin Evers
Testimonial from Anette Kascor
This deserves HUGE praise at any rate! Well structured, easy to understand and formulated to hit the nail on the head, VERY good strongly expressive photos and also so positively and warm-heartedly described – tremendously motivating!!! Anette Kascor
Testimonial from Claudia
Thank you for your wonderful work. I am busy every day with your new course and my horses are grateful for it. I find the new explanations sooooo helpful!! A lot of the connections have really fitted into place now, which they hadn’t before. My ability to see things has really improved as aresult. THANKS!!! Claudia
I wrote to you a few months ago about my worries about my old riding pony mare with the bad back. In the meantime she is pulling a carriage again after months of preparation work on the lunge and the double lunge. She has acquired back muscles and for the first time in her life (she is nearly 18) understood what it means to produce supple, straight, and energetic movement. (I have also understood it, thanks to your Lungeing Course). The owner of the stables (who is also breaking her in to driving) looks at us rather in surprise when I lunge her in the riding arena and call “goooood girl” when she tries to bend and extend her neck or when I trot along side her instead of standing in the middle of the circle, but since I have more or less regularly worked according to the lungeing course I really have a new horse. Once again, many thanks for that! All best wishes!
Testimonial from Helga Raschke
Your book and your videos, as far as I have seen from my totally fascinating look at them so far, are just what most friends of the horse really need and what really serves the needs of the horse too. Your directions are something that someone who really goes into them, reading, looking, has patience and the will to do it, can work from well or rather really well. I hope that it is going to be as successful for me too ? And what I am really taken with, is the fact that you really properly explain, in a way that is really easy to understand, why it is, or indeed is not, good for the horse with both positive and negative examples that are presented in a way that is very easy to interpret. Where else can one find something like this? Helga Raschke
Testimonial from Undine
The course has really become excellent, successful in every respect – once again, many congratulations! It seems to me that one can really work well with it, even when one has to work alone – you really have a talent for setting it all out in small steps and explaining it all clearly and understandably. And I like all the pictures! They are also tremendously enlightening, but some of them are just simply lovely – how beautifully horses can move! I wish you both all the best with it and hope that the course has a really serious impact!All best wishes, Undine
Testimonial from Gabriele Bellin
I just wanted to say thank you very much for this great project and that I am going to devote myself to the re-worked reading matter as quickly as I possibly can as the first lunging course has already made a definite improvement in my horse. Unfortunately she has health problems in the saddle area (osteophytes on the body of the vertebrae) so that it became very difficult to use riding methods toachieve a good lengthwise bend and to raise the inner shoulder. In the meantime, it’s working pretty well, thanks to your work!Warmest best wishes, Gabriele Bellin
Testimonial from Anke
I am really taken with the re-worked version of your lungeing course! It covers exactly the problems that I have experienced. I have to confess to being a newcomer to lungeing. The first hurdle it posed for me was indeed how to deal with the whip and the lunge line – quite apart from position and bend 😉 The demonstration in the new videos is much much clearer. I have got to go and try it out with my horse right away. Do keep doing more. I am telling everyone how brilliant your written work is and how much trouble you have taken with it and I hope that lots and lots of other horse people are going to buy it. Yours sincerely, Anke and Täschi
Testimonial from Ulrike Steigerwald
I have been absolutely buried in the comprehensive new lungeing course. It is really a super piece of work! Such good explanations and all the many illustrative photos with the drawn-on indicators that really clearly back up the explanation! You can really work with this e-book on your own without having any worriesthat you might be making some serious mistake. A really good addition is the exact description and drawing on the theme of the “Language of the Stick”. And I’ve been able to look at the films in the Media Library too: very nice examples that really make some things clearer still. And the finishing touch: Health Spa Treatments for Horses! I have just tried them out and my horse sends warmest best wishes with a happy sigh and hanging lips! Many thanks again for this wonderful lungeing course! All best wishes, Ulrike Steigerwald
Testimonial from Kathy Asmuß
Thank you so much for the course! And thank you so much for the comprehensive and painstaking pulling together of all your material. I had feared that perhaps there scarcely were any other horse lovers that were really interested in lungeing properly. I have tried for years to go on courses given by various trainers to get my horse to lunge properly and in a way which suits its make up and not just “send it round in circles”. Even with renowned trainers I did not find what your course offers – as it is normally the case that the best people do not want to give away their specialist knowledge. At least, that has been my experience up to now. Many thanks and all best wishes, Kathy Asmuß
Testimonial from Victoria
I have recently bought your online Lungeing Course and would like to thank you and Mrs Konnerth very much for your excellent and careful work. One feels how much of your life’s blood you have invested in the project and I do wish I lived near you and could meet you personally and get the benefit of your knowledge and ability – not least for the good of my horse. Your method of writing is excellent and easy to understand, even for beginners like me – yourLungeing Course suits me more than all the books and DVDs that I have tried to study on the subject so far, and which I had to shelve as they did not suit us or went completely over my head. Many many thanks for it! Victoria