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Tactful Training of the Young Horse with Ulf Moller

Dr. Möller sees the FEI young horse tests as valuable assets, giving trainers and riders a benchmark for what five- and six-year-old horses should be able to perform. However, he cautions trainers against having rigid expectations that don’t take into account the individual horse. “Feeling” the horse is paramount to finding the balance between asking for what it is ready to give without pushing it too hard. Dr. Möller made his first visit to Canada in August 2013 when he gave a young horse symposium hosted by the Alberta Dressage Association. Dr. Möller: Keeping it Fresh Trainers must be very careful not to overwork young horses. Breeders are producing much better horses than they were 20 years ago - more uphill, more willing, and more able to bring the neck up. But these talented young horses can also be more prone to soundness problems. Regardless of how talented or willing…

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