Thought power creates reality
The PM-Regionalvertretung des Pferdesportverbands Saar e.V. had invited to a seminar for mental training for riders and people interested in equestrian sports on 28 October 2018 at the grounds of the Bliesen riding and driving club.
The speaker, Wolfgang Kutting, international trainer and Grand Prix judge, already set special accents with the selection of the topic "Thought Power Creates Reality".
After the target definition of "mental training" and the subsequent presentation of the different brain wave types such as beta, alpha, theta and delta waves and their relevance, a practical relaxation exercise was immediately carried out, which was gladly implemented by all participants.
The speaker explained various breathing techniques and gave support with the help of
meditative music and comprehensible linguistic instructions. In this context, Wolfgang Kutting referred to the so-called scientifically proven "heart intelligence method" of the HeartMath Institute in California, with whose exercises a higher coherence between brain and heart can be established. As a result, the function of the vegetative nervous system is optimized, i.e. there is a measurable improvement in heart rate variability and, as a result, more emotional serenity, creativity and stress tolerance, all prerequisites without which effective mental training is not possible.
In order to answer the question whether "mental training is just an act as if", a short trip into the world of quantum physics was necessary. The latest scientific findings, which the speaker passionately presented, made the audience listen spellbound.
Wolfgang Kutting made it clear that we can make our thoughts so real that the brain changes
and looks as if the event had already occurred in physical reality. On the basis of the only mental idea of cutting a lemon open, smelling it and then biting it heartily, the topic could be
confirmed in a very practical way.
Kutting then went into so-called beliefs, which were positively reinterpreted by the participants on the basis of some examples such as "I can't do that anyway" or "The others can certainly do it better". Likewise the meaning and the resulting consequences of the "self-fulfilling prophecy" could be exemplified by the example "I can never do that".
"Only he who knows his goal can achieve it". In this context, the formulation of goals with the help of the SMART method was discussed in more detail and practiced on the basis of examples.
Beyond the importance of ideomotoric training, i.e. learning or improving a sequence of movements through
intensive, conscious, repeated presentation of a sporting action without simultaneous actual practice, the concretisation phase of the practical implementation was then carried out.
Using the example of riding a walk pirouette, all relevant modalities of execution were discussed together with the participants and the individual movement sequences were compiled in a "flow diagram" for mental anchoring.
The speaker expressly emphasized that without a clear idea of how a pirouette in walk should also look like from a point of view as a judge and the exact knowledge of the individual movement sequences, this exercise cannot be carried out exactly and harmoniously at the same time.
With the help of a video with slow motion sequences and corresponding explanations, the participants were
given a clear idea of this lesson.
After a short lunch break, the practical part of the lesson took place in the indoor riding arena. Four riders
of different training levels demonstrated walk pirouettes and simple transitions between trot and walk on the basis of clear instructions from the instructor. It could be stated that the required
exercises could be completed relatively effortlessly by the riders, which proves that the previous mental focus with prioritization on the individual movement segments was goal-prominent.
In the following feedback round the participants thanked the speaker for his understandable and very
well-founded explanations of a topic that was not necessarily easy for everyone to understand, but which he was able to convey very entertainingly, interestingly and excitingly with many
emotionally charged experiences from his worldwide trainer and coaching activities.
Wolfgang Kutting's concluding own quote "Enjoy the ride to your soul" should be remembered by many participants and provide sustainability for many.
Xenophon e.V. Seminar about the "Mystery of the half halts"
It couldn't be more vivid!
Wolfgang Kutting regional representative for Rhineland-Palatinate/Saar of Xenophon registered association mediated on the occasion of the Xenophon seminar on 3 February in Lehmen deep insights into the "mystery of the half halts". With a PowerPoint lecture, full of pictograms and detailed film sequences in slow motion and a passionate demonstration with the active involvement of the audience, the mystery was demystified by half halts.
After the lunch break, Jasmin Lange and Kerstin Kutting demonstrated with two horses at different levels of training, which means horse-friendly riding according to the training principles of Xenophon.
The spectators were given hints and comments, e. g. full halt were sensibly introduced and executed according to the criteria, canter pirouettes were worked out and a harmonious and natural passage can be shown without tension.
Wolfgang Kutting did not miss to point out again and again that all lessons are not to be understood as an end in themselves but as a tried and tested means to an end, namely a horse-friendly training.
In the feedback round that followed, there was a lively exchange of information among the audience, which clearly showed how important it is to demystify certain hippological terms such as the "half halts".
If I always do the same thing, I always get the same "
In order to escape this trap, the PST Trier's riding department held a seminar on "Biomechanics of the horse as the basis for any horse-friendly training" at the Monaise riding facility with Wolfgang Kutting, Grand Prix Judge, Xenophon e. V. Regional representatives of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, experienced instructor at home and abroad and above all himself successfully riding in the highest classes.
With the above mentioned quote Wolfgang Kutting opened the one-day seminar, which was attended by a considerable number of interested people from the Trier region and the surrounding area on that autumn Sunday.
Why the well-meaning rider does not always achieve his goal by using the same methods is often answered in biomechanical contexts, which are not necessarily well-known to all who are swinging on the horse.
Wolfgang Kutting tried to bring light into the darkness in his dynamic way. He started with the bridge construction of the horse's body, which he demonstrated with a self-made bow. Furthermore, he quoted Francois Baucher's "the neck is the gate to the hindquarters" and made enlightening remarks about the set of the buttocks of the occipital bone, the "Processus Paracondylaris" and its effect on the flexibility of the neck and the possibility or impossibility to place a horse, if the latter is arrested due to a hyperflexion in the first vertebrae of the neck and thereby impairs its natural functioning
His lecture on the multifidi-muscles at the spinal column and their role as psychosensory transfer stations between humans and horses attracted particular attention, to name but a few examples.
Mr. Kutting explained the seemingly dry matter with a lot of enthusiasm and humour, decorated his explanations with experiences from his own practice as a judge, instructor or rider and made it easy for the audience to follow him through his entertaining style of presentation.
After the lunch break we continued with the practical demonstration. Four riders from the PST Trier had made themselves available with their horses. The range of the horse was considerable: from the younger jumper to the experienced jumper, from the Haflinger presented on the curb to the M- to the trakehner with good teaching skills at S-level.
Wolfgang Kutting explained in practice the connections mentioned in the theory by means of the respective equestrian horse pair. He constantly involved the audience, asked for an assessment of what he saw and tried to improve the elasticity and the movement potential of each horse by providing specific hints for the rider. The spectators were there with great attention. There was a lively dialogue with Mr Kutting, who was also open to critical remarks. For the riders, the precision with which the respective help was announced by Wolfgang Kutting at the right time was very helpful. Particularly heretical, because deviating from the traditional Hippological beliefs, but effective, was the light trotting on the so-called "false foot" with corresponding parade on the supporting hind leg. The effect was enormous in all subjects. The trot gained momentum and dynamism.
Despite the autumnal temperatures, all participants stayed focused until the end of the race. It was clear that Wolfgang Kutting has a great deal of experience as a trainer and is an inspiring riding instructor.
The echo after the event was unanimous:"Gladly again!
The equestrian department of the Hofgut Monaise is looking forward to further cooperation with Wolfgang Kutting and has already invited him for a dressage course in January 2016.