Bea Borelle

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Bea Borelle
Multi-Skilled Horse Trainer
and Ground Work Expert

Focus: Circus training, training in-hand, classical dressage

"Be open to all possibilities! Because I was open to listening to every horse, I learnt so much. And by learning I do not just mean riding, but also qualities related to life and maturity."

It was at the age of 11 that Bea Borelle discovered her passion for horses and riding. Even though she started as a leisure rider, she progressively developed her skills in several disciplines such as Western riding and later on, classical training.

Since 1998, she has been a licensed instructor of the School of Légèreté and the T.T.E.A.M. work of Linda Tellington-Jones (Level III). She has represented and taught both during clinics and trade fairs throughout Europe. Circus exercises, work in-hand, working on the lunge and under saddle are some of the various skills she learnt, developed and shared over the years.

Her extensive knowledge of horses results from over 25 years of experience. Bea Borelle learned from renowned figures in the horse world such as Richard Hinrichs, Claus Penquitt and her husband, Philippe Karl, the founder of the School of Lègèreté.

During her life, Bea Borelle not only owned her own horses, which she trained for many years, but also trained numerous horses of all ages and breeding. This diversity in training led her to develop an incredible set of skills and to remain active in many areas of horse training.

Clear the stage for horses! Among other things, Bea Borelle's videos show how horses learn circus exercises in a safe and playful way. She has developed an extensive repertoire of circus tricks and exercises and often integrates the knowledge of didactics and methodology into her training.

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Videos from Bea Borelle

High School Exercises in the Long Reins

Bea Borelle

In this video, pony Ben demonstrates that specific breeding or spectacular natural gaits are not prerequisites for learning high school exercises. With the appropriate gymnastics and consistent training, he is now able to present the piaffe, passage and even Levade in the long reins.

Duration: 00:00:00 Minutes

Teach Your Horse to PliƩ, Bow or Lie down

Bea Borelle

Lessons such as the plié, bowing or lying down are classical requests in circus training and are suitable for the beginning or end of a performance. Learn how to start teaching them step by step.

Duration: 00:19:04 Minutes

Unrolling the Carpet & Other Tricks

Bea Borelle

Unrolling the carpet is a fun circus exercise that can be taught to all horses with the right approach. In this video, you will learn what the necessary equipment is that you need and how to introduce the exercises step by step to your horse.

Duration: 00:08:58 Minutes

The Seesaw and Balance Tricks

Bea Borelle

The seesaw is an exercise commonly used in circus training.  With systematic training, the horse learns how to balance on the seesaw and move it by shifting their body weight. It is not only a fun exercise for the horse but also a great way to teach them to face new surfaces and objects with confidence.

Duration: 00:06:20 Minutes

The Platform: A Typical Circus Exercise

Bea Borelle

The platform is one of the standard exercises of circus training. In this video, you will learn how to progressively teach the horse to step on the platform and later on to stand still on it. You will see the individual steps in detail and learn how to increase the difficulty from a low, wide platform to a high, narrow one.

Duration: 00:14:58 Minutes

Getting the Horse Used to Spooky Objects

Bea Borelle

Umbrellas, colored buckets and noisy bags are usually feared by our horses. In this video, you will learn how to familiarize the horse to different spooky objects. The key takeaway: with patience and lots of praise, everything becomes possible! 

Duration: 00:00:00 Minutes

Rewarding the Horse: Using Treats Carefully

Bea Borelle

It’s no secret that treats can be great as a reward during training. Nevertheless, they need to be used carefully so that the horse doesn’t become pushy or starts begging for the treat instead of focusing on the exercise. In this video, Bea Borelle demonstrates her systematic training approach to reward the horse with a treat.

Duration: 00:05:50 Minutes

Mastering the Rein Back Exercises

Bea Borelle

Rein back is the starting point of various exercises. From turning to moving laterally, there are many fun things that your horse can learn to do by moving backwards. Learn how to correctly position yourself and give clear signals to your horse.en

Duration: 00:09:13 Minutes

Teaching the Horse to Stand Still

Bea Borelle

During their basic training for circus exercises, horses have to learn to stand still. Also called “the statue”, standing still is the first step towards introducing several exercises on the lunge and at liberty. In this video, Bea Borelle shows you what the first steps are.

Duration: 00:05:22 Minutes

Leading is the First Step of Any Training on the Ground

Bea Borelle

Bea Borelle is known for training her horses from the basic circus lessons to high school exercises. Through consistent daily training and a playful approach, she teaches her horses to have fun with items that they are normally afraid of. 

Duration: 00:10:18 Minutes

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