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.