‘Stick to the nature of the horse’…

German Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst, equine manager and show jumping international rider, speaks about his equestrian philosophy


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Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst

Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst did ride more than 40 times in a Nations Cup team for Germany in Europe, USA and Canada.
He was qualified 4 times for the World Cup Final and did win 2008 the Silver Medal and 2010 the Bronze Medal of the German Championships. He did win several Grand Prix´s on international shows all over the world. In 2004 he won the title: Champion of German professional riders. Alois dedicated his entire professional career on producing training riders and horses besides the sport. International riders from Australia and Hungary on the 5* level are trained, coached and supported.
​For 2015 he got the call as National Trainer of Norwegian Equestrian Show Jumping Team with the focus on the European championships 2015 in Aachen and to get their qualification for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil.

Here some sentences about my equestrian philosophy what I like to give further to all it may concern:
in my daily work with horses and riders I try to stick to some principles that lead me though the long term development of the skills that are needed to be a successful competitor and horseman.
​Stick to the nature of the horse, his basic need of motion, nutrition, health, “work-life balance”, the fact that a development of a horse needs time and is long termed.

My philosophy of a training unit is 70% / 30%!
70% means: let the horse go and influence as less as possible but as much as you need. Just frame it, give it balance and the horse is allowed to lean against the hand. Your support and influence should be always “with the horse”. This basic should be the priority in a training unit.
​30% means: work on collections, transissions, turns. Work on your speed control to influence the length of the stride at any time and place. Whatever you do, ride your horse in a forward motion in balance and know that the hands are just an addition to give your horse a frame. The influence of the riders hands should never be prioritized.
The segmentation of the riders helps should be 80% seat, 15% legs, 5% hands in perfection. (According to Otto Lörke, a German Master of Equitation). Never overstrain your horse, be fair, keep your expectations realistic and believe in your horse as a partner - make him a “friend”!