My first experience with an Icelandic horse was at a young age when a family friend brought us along to an Icelandic horse stud to introduce us to their newly purchased Icelandic. Being a little girl it didn't take much for me to be completely hooked and not long after that visit my first riding lesson was happening. The mare's name was Bara (english: wave) and she was the perfectly reliable horse for a child. I still have a very vivid picture of the not-so-child-friendly reliever riding teacher who tried to make me ride in straight lines towards certain letters in the dressage arena but since I couldn't read at that stage I had absolutely no idea where to go :-) It didn't bother me at all that I didn't meet the frustrated young riding teacher's requests and in a childlike manner I pretty much ignored him and kept riding happily all over the show and just simply enjoyed the fact that this gentle, big creature let me have an unforgettable first ride on her strong back.
Years later I have become the person who teaches people in the dressage arena but as much as I am a fan of everything equine science related I still remind my students (and myself!) about how it used to feel to ride like a child - simply enjoying the process rather than having an actual goal in mind and go for a hoon on the beach and be in the flow with the horse and nature.
Special moment captured between the pony and my 2 year old son
Lucky enough I didn't live far from that big Icelandic horse stud and soon weekends and holidays were spent riding, working and competing. Numerous Icelandic trainers came regularly to hold clinics and I was lucky enough to have had the chance to train with trainers like Hoski and Reynir Adalsteinsson, Brigitte Karmus and Einar Oder Magnusson just to name my very favourites. After spending two years in Iceland I then decided to go to a hot country for a change and ended up working with show jumpers in Australia. I always loved trying out something new and enjoyed working with other horse breeds or disciplines but at the end of the day the challenge of working with the special gaits of an Icelandic horse is what fascinates me the most.
Back in Europe I used to love competing. This is Edall, a fantastic
horse and teacher who was 22! at the time of this competition.
My journey towards becoming an Equine Bodyworker started when one of my horses injured herself badly and we were out of ridden work for quiet a while. During that time I developed a strong interest in groundwork and lungeing according to biomechanical principles. This was followed by further education in Equine massage and Bodywork, dissections and bio-mechanics clinics. Since injuries were unfortunately a regular part of my life also, I have developed a particular interest in rider and horse asymmetry and how to correct them with training and bodywork. I am a life-long learner and always seek growth and development. My dream for the future is to study Equine rehabilitation and Veterinary physiotherapy.
My stunning Hvöt after her ligament injury
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