The training of young horses according to classical principles - Practice 2018-06-02T00:00:00+02:00

"We want to spend as much as possible with the horse for the next 20 years," explains Anja Beran to the audience and emphasizes how crucial a solid foundation in training is. With three exemplary young horses she shows you in this video how to avoid mistakes from the start and give your horse the chance to develop according to his natural condition.

Build trust and train each horse individually. The licensed stallion "Bailando" needs to stay calm in front of the audience whereas the 4-year-old mare "Sans Souci" has to jump out of the canter as she is a big horse. Respecting each horse individually and building trust is a principle for Anja Beran, without whom horse centred and healthy training is not possible.

Getting the aids right from the beginning. Forcing the young horse into an unnatural posture at the beginning of his training or demanding to much extended trot for a show - such a behaviour is poison for a classical and horse centred education. Anja Beran shows you in this video how you playfully introduce your horse to the rider's aids and create a feel-good atmosphere in which your horse likes to learn.

You will learn in this video:

  • How you can lay the foundation of a long and healthy life for your young horse with your training
  • Why trust is the key to good classical education
  • How to playfully teach your horse how to use the rider's aids without overstraining it

Further videos in this series:

The training of young horses according to classical principles – Theory

Anja Beran

Anja Beran is the owner and manager of the renewed training centre Gut Rosenhof”. The sensitive rider has been training horses up to the highest level, following the classical Principles, for over 25 years. 

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