My name is Irena Gubina. I am a riding instructor with more than 20 years of experience in horse riding. Through the years I have encountered different types of horses and training in several equestrian disciplines. For 9 years now I have been carving my own path, searching for new approaches in equestrianism. It was my goal to breed my own horses and train them gradually, in a non-authoritative manner, following the horse’s own rhythm. With methodical training, the horses retain responsiveness, sensitivity, and their own individual personality, while gaining in lightness, suppleness, and power of movement under the weight of the rider.

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I pay special attention to the awareness of one’s body and the subtle communicationbetween rider and horse. My approach to riding is based on energy, breath, intention, awareness, and specifying each movement/aid as a meansof communication. This all leads to precise movement synchronization of rider and horse and thus their harmonious movement. My riding students get acquainted with and learn to do groundwork and longeing. I believe that the student thus gains a comprehensive understanding, insight, and sense for leading and communicating with the horse, which results in a more successful learning process.

When schooling a young horse, my priority is to gradually build pressure and release communication, activate and build awareness of each body part, find balance and develop carrying strength. These abilities are developed progressively, through groundwork andlongeing, without using side reins or forceful handling.Such sophisticated communication helps the horse carry itself gracefully and efficiently and therefore develop a balanced carrying posture.

When ridden, a horse is thus perfectly ready for under saddle work, as it understands the riding aids and is able to find its carrying strength and riding balance.

If you’re interested in more details about my work, please browse through my website.

If you would you like to learn an integrated way of riding, have trouble with your horse and would like to communicate with it more effectively or would like to start your young horse to startin a positive manner, please contact me. I’ll be glad to answer any questions and help you achieve your goals.

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