A good rider is a bridge builder – an architect for the back of his horse!

The question whether a horse has back pain and where the pain comes from has occupied many riders. Especially in the case of modern sports horses, an incorrect stressing of the back, which is as elastic as it is vulnerable, often has serious consequences. Therefore, in addition to chiropractic, the correct and well-founded training of riders and horses is just as important for the satisfaction and performance of both.

To come closer to this goal, of course, one can not only work in saddle with the horse; ground work and work on the (double)-Lunge are also valuable means to communicate with the horse and to promote its development.

THOMAS KOSTRZEWSKI is one of the few who still uses the principles of old masters for for training his horses and his students.

ThomasKostrzewski 1During the beautiful and sometimes hard years of apprenticeship with him, I was taught how important it is to first be able to control one's own body in order to later provide proper support to one's horse at the appropriate time. This is a prerequisite for the proper impact of the body and limbs. Without this foundation, it will never be possible to have a hand that is independent from the rest of the body, which is the basis for a fine and sensitive communication with the horse mouth.

(Quote T. Kostrzewski: there is a soft hand, a hard hand, and a good hand – it is able to provide appropriate aids at the right time, and to maintain a soulful and constant connection with the horse mouth).

That is why I try, if necessary, during my work as a veterinarian, to also pass the important basics.

For more information about classes and riding, please contact me.

Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien International Veterinary Fèdèration Equestre Internationale Österreichischen Gesellschaft der Tierärzte Backbone Academy for Veterinary Chiropractic and Healing Arts