Desiree´s work starts where the vertebrae of two mammal connect. At first it is almost ridiculously easy, with unusual exercises like the “wiggly-waggly”, cycling backwards and singing in all gaits. This already makes every rider who is too much in his head, and every scared rider stumble upon the first aha moment. It is easy to trust Desiree´s calm, attentive and charming manner.
It is unbelievable what we (Picobello and I) have achieved through your lessons: This ease of process – warm up in 10 minutes and off you go – this looseness in both of us – this load capacity, bending of the hand and momentum – this almost slow-motion galloping – a real pleasure! Some people wonder why there is so much smiling while riding! I look forward to our sessions very much.
What a lightbulb moment I had 11 years ago, when I had my first lesson with Desiree. Suddenly, everything just made sense.
Desiree’s approach is relaxed, creating a positive and welcoming atmosphere. One of the most standout aspects she has taught me over the years is to be more body aware, as every little change and movement in our body has an effect on the horse. To help you achieve this, Desiree paints the most beautiful pictures, which you can refer back to, weeks after the lessons.
Not only did Desiree make me more body aware, but she also taught me how to read my horse’s body language and how to react to and learn from it.
I have been riding a young and very sensitive horse for the last three years and Desiree has been there, helping us along the way. It has been a great journey so far and she has been there celebrating our successes. I can only recommend to anybody that cares about their horses to attend her workshops. Everything just makes sense.
Photo: My sensitive horse (Brandbach Heritage) and I
As my riding expertise and knowledge increased, I became more aware of the impact of my body on my horses – how my own asymmetries (whether caused by injury or habit) influenced my horses’ movements. Together with the natural asymmetry of each horse, riding sometimes felt unnecessary challenging.
Then I met Desiree and things changed radically – for the better! As an Alexander Technique practitioner and equine physiotherapist, she has an in-depth knowledge of both the equine and human body and is therefore able to notice how horse rider move together, and exactly what may be needed to create more ease and harmony.
Following Desiree’s clear instructions and imagery, I was amazed at how things changed immediately for me and my horses. Sometimes the “correction” could be as small as loosening a left ankle, but each time the change was there. And the confirmation came from my horses who all showed their approval of the changes I was able to make by their snorts and the relaxation and thoroughness in their strides.
I can highly recommend Desiree as an instructor – not only because of her vast amount of knowledge and experience in her field, but also her teaching style which is relaxed, clear and fun.
I can truely confess thanks to Desiree’s input, riding actually makes me feel better and more relaxed.
I am even trimming my own Horses feet, without any physical issues, and my horses love it! We are even doing more than basic dessage moves, without any protests!
I love this concept of Weightless riding and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.