Rollkur No More: Uberstreichen Exercises Beginning Theory Lesson 2

Second Annual Free Course, Winter 2011
Welcome to week 2! It looks like we have a very full classroom!
I’d like to continue writing on the subject of theory and the Uberstreichen Exercises a little bit more before I give you the first exercise. I would like to add and revisit some finer points as well.

Some Additional Benefits of the Uberstreichen Exercises:

    1. I developed the Uberstreichen Exercises to help me in my training center in order to develop a horse that would work well for others in collection, presentation, and the attitude of the horse.
    2. I also developed the Uberstreichen Exercises so that when the horse went home, the training and connection would stick for the owner.
    3. When a horse got excited and fearful at the shows I could return his focus easily to feeling secure and relaxed.

Some Surprise Benefits are:

    4. I could return an out of control stallion in a new environment around mares and other stallions to relax and return his focus back to me. In those days I had 5 stallions at the time I was developing the Uberstreichen Exercises, and accidentally found out how brilliantly they helped me in my relationships with them.
    5. I also found out another benefit is that it took shying out of a horse from the extreme focus it creates in the horse from consistent practice over a period of time.
    6. The Uberstreichen Exercises put a horse into a deep state of relaxation and a feeling of well-being from the direction you give him through the half halt request which is the entire opposite exercise of the Rollkur technique.

How the Uberstreichen Exercises Affect the Horse:
The exercises isolate and address blockages in the horse’s body, in the neck, jaw, shoulders, back and hocks. They also remove the concussion to the legs. When we begin to remove these blockages, the horse begins to relax and connect with you and your aids better. As a result, the aids become so light you cannot really see them being given.

We are first focused on the vertebrae at the bottom of the neck that lets the horse lower his head down, and the first two vertebrae at the pole which operate the tipping of the nose and the ability for the horse to turn his head side to side and be loose in the pole. When these vertebrae become free moving, it causes the horse to be able to arch his neck for collection that is beautiful and correct. When the arch is operating, the whole body becomes engaged. The back raises and the hocks bend and become more under the horse. When the bond is engaged in this way, it takes the concussion off the lower legs and back. The horse’s body becomes a large shock absorber, and takes part in, and is engaged in the movement.

Think of a slinky. If any part of a slinky were not flexible, the slinky would not be able to travel down steps because it would wobble all over, falling left and right and losing its path much like a horse that falls in or out. Getting rid of the blockages causes the energy to flow through the horse without effort. This creates relaxation as well as the horse’s ability to dance and feel free.

What is the meaning of a horse being in front of the leg?
This is an important term to know because this is what we are wanting to achieve no matter what we are doing with a horse. It simply means the horse is willing and doing what the rider is asking of him easily and freely and constantly like a car. It is a dressage term meaning a horse that is listening and responding to your aids with the energy necessary to bring about more active gates. Once the horse performs the Uberstreichen Exercises easily and properly, he will be in front of the leg. He will slow down at the rate you would like, or increase his speed to the one you would like him to go. He will travel in self-carriage in the fame you suggest and be able to perform without the reins of the rider forcing him to. You simply ask with the reins, and then release the reins, and from the release, your horse will perform what you asked him to do. This is what is known as self-carriage to a dressage rider and is how all horses need to be ridden so the bit is not used in a constant and abusive way. The problem is that most dressage riders continue to ask and hold the horse until the horse performs what is being asked and then they release. With my method, it takes the release first. This way the horse is completely in self-carriage right off from the first step.

Clarity of Aids:
Clarity of aids is the key to achieving the ability to have a horse that is able to perform in self-carriage on a floating hold or released rein.

A horse commonly gets turning rein aids mixed up with the half-halt aids, or suppling and asking for more collection. If this happens when you try to collect your horse, he might fall in from wanting to turn- thinking that is what you want. We can hardly get angry at a horse for getting confused. The confusion occurs from not enough initial training how to distinguish the subtle rein signals.

I like training from the ground because you can focus the lesson on subtleties without the horse having to perform at the same time he is learning something as new and technical as using a rein to communicate what you want that would be as light as a fly landing on a horse.

The Uberstreichen Exercises will cause your horse to be able to stay together without being in a false held in frame, which will free up the forward movement of the horse.

How the Uberstreichen Exercises Help the Dressage Horse:
A dressage horse generally needs to be naturally high-spirited to perform what we ask from him. Aggressive horses with big performing gaits can find it difficult being submissive to rein aids especially when they are at the top of their performance. It is natural for a horse when choosing to be in a collected frame to become very powerful and too spirited to keep in line. It can trigger his wild instincts and affect his performance. He may want to look around and shy because his blood is up. Shying is another form of expression a horse uses to control other horses and riders. His body language says, “Watch out, I’m in charge.” When a horse is in a collected frame and performing in dressage, he can develop a feeling of separation that causes him to forget about listening to his rider.

Some Common Problems You Might Encounter:
Once you have brought your horse to a higher level in dressage where he puts more energy into his performance, you may be dealing with a change in disposition, and you may start seeing some resistance. A common problem with horses that are naturally submissive to the rider’s aids in moderate gaits is that when asked to perform to their maximum in self-carriage, they can become harder to handle. Some horses learn to pull, or lean on the rein with green riders. All these problems can be addressed with the Uberstreichen Exercises.

At this point, do not think that all this is over your head, or that your horse does not need this basic training because all you want to do is enjoy riding your horse for basic riding. Dressage training is good for all horses that are being ridden, horses ridden at liberty without reins will receive great benefit, even older horses- because it exercises their body and mind like T’ai Chi.

In Conclusion
Even if you never use the Uberstreichen Exercises, I am sure the study of them will help you to relate to your horses better through your rein aids and lateral work.

Many times problems between self-carriage and directing your horse from your rein aids and leg aids are related to a rider’s inabilities. I think what you learn on the ground from using these exercises will improve your riding skills if I am able to break it down for you well enough.

The Uberstreichen exercises school both horse and rider. While they are more effective in the hands of a skilled rider; they will advance the beginner’s understanding and skill level on how to communicate half-halts to achieve self-carriage. Practicing these exercises will help you to identify where the horse is locked, and where the problems lie in the horse’s performance and reaction to rein and leg aids.

Please check in to the class in the comments section so that I can take today’s roll. The other thing is- since you are in the classroom now, if you have any questions, now is the time to ask them. As in last week, I will read all of the questions, but I will only be able to answer some of them.

Looking forward to your classroom comments!


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Jan Murray - 4 weeks ago Reply

Checkin in 🙂

Michelle Twohig - 6 years ago Reply

Late, but checking in.

Tamara Blits - 6 years ago Reply

Thankyou for everything. I will follow you forever. you are so good with horses. Wished I could have been there, I would have probably done the same thing. I have lots of animals in my heart. I had a baby sparrow, that was my real baby. raised her up on my own grains & things. She was a little pink baby, with a belly that you could see through. I fed her like a mother. flying off for at least 20 mins. I had that bird, and set it free. but it always came back to me. she went camping with us.and she flew way up into the trees, but I whistled and called her back. she never went very high after that.Baby bird went with me everywhere. and she would peck at you, if you found her under my hair, on my shoulder.

Tamara Blits - 6 years ago Reply

My horse is incredible for all you’ve showed me. I have a way with animals, because I always put them first. Now I have more understanding of what’s in a horse. You are so wonderful to know.

Terry - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,
These exercises, I believe will hugely benefit Brego. He has been schooled and trained the Costa Rican cowboy way, with strong bits and head held in carriage. This makes him very heavy to control, especially when we are galloping on the beach! However he responds much better to my verbal commands, and will slow down and listen. He just doesn’t know what a light hand is. But I feel he is so willing to want to learn, he just doesn’t know how.

Carolyn, I have a questions, as I start out in these exercises with him and would like to know, if it is still alright to go out riding with him, or will it be counter productive? You see, he still needs to be taken out and exercised and loves the beach, which is our working arena as well, a natural sand arena.
I will be am am working on the Loopity-loop exercise, as well as standing still.
Thank you .
My best regards Terry

Máire Kennedy - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in.

Máire and Ben

Brenda Adams - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in – thank-you for this opportunity!


NANNY - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Am eager to apply these exercises!

Tina boyd - 6 years ago Reply

Just checking in.

Rebecca Harris - 6 years ago Reply

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Grace - 6 years ago Reply

checking in 🙂

Tori Cullins "In the Box" - 6 years ago Reply

Aloha Carolyn,

Enrolling, checking in and catching up.

Getting my four year old qtr horse gelding started under saddle and looking forward to the focus of the UE for him and always wanting to heighten the relationship between us.

I have pony that i am very bonded to, but he is getting rather round in the belly. Wondering if the UE would help his topline and trim his belly some? Sure it wouldnt hurt.

Never really dabbled in dressage much, so am doing a lot Googling to explain the terms being used! I’m so excited about the UE theories…

Thank you for sharing and for caring!

Lisa Teniswood - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn

checking in

cris davies - 6 years ago Reply

Hi carolyn

just checking in ,love your exercises,i have been practicing 1 and 2 for a while now, i loved your coment about tai chi as i practice tai chi…..think i might experiment a little.THANK YOU SO MUCH ….

Jackie Wittman - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Thanks Caroline.

Loriann Pye - 6 years ago Reply

checking in.

Michelle Twohig - 6 years ago Reply

All very helpful! I look forward to the next episode!

DeborahUhrik - 6 years ago Reply

Love the theory, very excited to take part in the lessons.

Hannah Rivard - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in! 🙂

I loved this quote:

“You simply ask with the reins, and then release the reins, and from the release, your horse will perform what you asked him to do… With my method, it takes the release first. This way the horse is completely in self-carriage right off from the first step.”

It is so funny you mention this, as it was something I was playing with in asking for some roundness and leg yielding on Maia the other day.

My question is, when releasing to allow a response, do you release as soon as you ask? Or do you release when the horse feels mentally “with” you? Basically, if the release is NOT based on a physical behavior of the horse, how do you know when to release — is it just on feel/intuition?


    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Hannah,
    First train your horse to respond to the drooping off of the rein. Start from the ground to build your relationship on a lung line. Start with halt. You are training the horse to respond to a drooped rein after the the contact rein. Give your command with your voice and then let the horse step into the contact of the rein and then release it. Train him to respond in this way. If you already have her doing this at liberty the long line should be an easy additive. If she does not stop ask her to go around again and ask for stop on the same spot.

    Hannah, it is natural for a horse to halt once the contact has been drooped off if your timing is in rhythm with the horses stride..

      Hannah Rivard - 6 years ago Reply

      Wonderful, I will try that and let you know how it goes! If I understand right, this means we’re building in a stop/half halt on float; lightness in a RELEASE of the rein (instead of contact in an application of pressure) as the default/cue? That definitely does take a shift in thinking, but I am excited to try it!

federica cipriani - 6 years ago Reply

HI Caroline checking!!

Toby Houtman - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
Of course there is no need to apologize at all! I take my hat off to you, and am very grateful for trying to help us here on the blog for free. Considering how many of us you’re trying to guide, and the very little you know about us, our horses and our circumstances it’s really amazing how you manage to do it so well. During the WHIC you’ve been spot-on with your reviews of my videos, that has been very helpfull to me.

I do take your suggestion to heart to try to stretch the limits of pressure that Juno can handle a bit further. And I will remove the elastics, It was meant as a temporary aid, which did work well, because they forced me to be softer with my hands. That’s how it worked for me, I can imagine for somebody else it can have the opposite effect. Now I will try to maintain that same soft feel without them.
Many thanks again for all the time and energy you put into the blog!

Sue McKibbin (In A Box) - 6 years ago Reply

just checking in … “here”

Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Toby,
We are both surprised. Some times free advise is the worst. I could have phrased my answer to you better. I get in a hurry and want to get to the meat and potatoes with my answers because the class is large. I want to help you a bit more with your success you are having. From your writing it suggest to me you need to find the resistance and bring it out and work directly with it in a low key way. I was suggesting to you to hold it for only a second longer than you have and it might help.
I am very happy for your progress and hats off to you. In person things become very clear. On the computer it is more difficult become I can not evaluate you or your horse as well And we do not have a clear bond eather. It is amazing that we get the good out comes as we do.
I do believe that using rubber is not a good idea. I will be careful not to comment on a good thing going next time. You did not ask so I should have seen that you were on a Journey that is working for you and your horse beautifully. Then I come along and add what I did, sorry.

Keep up the excellent work.
With much respect,

Martin Contreras - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Thank you so much for sharing this explanation. It has helped me understand the many values of the UEs, and what’s more, the things to look out for when bringing a horse to higher energy work.

Looking forward to what’s coming,


Kath - 6 years ago Reply

G’day, checking in! I’m so excited to start the UE with my horses. I’ve decided to start with Serena, my 8 year old ex-pacer who is full of energy and from what this post says, will really benefit from the exercises. She is very stiff on one side (from training in one direction only), so I’m keen to help her find her natural suppleness. Thanks for offering this class to everyone interested! Cheers, Kath

Sharon Ebersold - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn!

Checking in, and wanted to let you know you have a wonderful perception reading horses..( like behaviors that arise when horses get excited) . Your statements are very true, about horses getting hotter when asked to work a little harder. I ride Dressage, I can relate, and I can not always keep a horses focus on the job at hand. I am excited about your class and looking forward to applying your methods.

Thank You!


Nan Pantle - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Late Here, but I have been reading these past 2 days. Thank you for broadening my horizons.

If it is not inappropriate to ask, I was wondering if you could offer a video at some point on the Loopty-Loo. I went back to see your slide presentation on that first post. I watched Stina’s video. I am still not sure on rereading your post that I understand. I think this may be important for us here.

We have practiced your first steps so many times from the class last year on the U-exercises. They do seem to bring a deep relaxation here. Our youngest mare, not a student last year, just entered into the deepest drowse this morning as I asked her to drop her head and flex. Thank you for helping me understand our experience is just a small bit of a much larger universe and I have so much to learn.

Nan Pantle

Mary Pepper - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you for your warm welcome. I did try a few of your UE with my young off the track mare and it worked beautifully. Thank you. I’m an artist and was given 2 thoroughbreds while was drawing at the track last August. I’ve done tons of arena/round pen/ground work and have ridden both horses on the beach, in the ocean, over bridges, through forests, etc. and even in a dressage clinic but it’s been a long winter and it was one of those early false spring days that the mare, Sweet Jane, literally did not want to be seperated from her stable mate – lots of drama. Anyway, after taking her for a mile walk, I simply walked beside her using a flat halter and lead rope (never had to pull the rope) (I was following some of the videos you shared and may not have been doing this correctly), I walked near her shoulder, looking down, 15 paces, then paused to the count of 10, then repeated for about 5 mins. Towards the end, once we were sort of walking together, I’d begin the first step, then wait for her to begin her first step to end the step so a bit we were walking in sinc. Jane liked it. It hypnotized her, me too, it felt so good – like a giant meditation. Even the birds, et al on my small ranch seemed to calm down. We all felt so connected. Next I repeated but spent time during the halt, gently letting the weight of my hands encourage her head to fall ( while facing her-like the video). This she really liked too.

I feel what my two horses need most is something like the UE for many things but especially to help them stretch as you described in the neck – from the pole, along the top and the sides of the neck. They also need stretching throughout. People forget how tight these racehorses muscles can be. They physically can not do certain things until their muscles change. The stretching and calm was deeply appreciated by Sweet Jane and me.

Thank you again. I’ve ordered a few of your training cds. I look forward to your next lesson. Mary

StephanieBrinkman - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn, just checking in! I can’t wait to get started. I will be doing the UE’s w/ a mare that I am rehabbing from a stifle injury. I will also be integrating the single line lessons from the phone coaching sessions I had w/ you. Sincerely, Stephanie

Monique Cavallari - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
I am not sure if it is correct to speak about the loopty loo exercise, but I saw others did, so I will too. Please tell me if I should have done differently.

Althought this is my first post (other than checking in) I have been following your blog for a while, have read Naked Liberty and know (but have much to learn) about WR. I also have daily exchanges of ideas with Susan Garvin, who has been following you for a while now.

I live with my three Camargue horses. I tried the loopty loo excercise the other day with Mer, the leading mare of the group, and it worked out so very well I have been thinking it over for a while.

Today I just realized a couple of things and would love to share: first of all it was the perfect time to do something like this. I was sun bathing with them in the pasture, sharing territory, not a thought in my head. They had finished almost all the hay and had left some, preferring to munch on blades of grass here and there. Mer was not hungry anymore, and was looking around for things to do. First she came and said hi to me, then she went to Pino the goat and nudged him, then she picked a couple of blades but was not really interested.

At this point I got up and went to her, and just decided to try the loopty loo. She went right along with it because it was something to do! And she did it really well! It was all so spontaneous, fun and unexpected, I think this is really the trick to everything we try to do together with our horses.

Another thing is that I have been doing the loopty loo without knowing it! When the horses gather around their boxes, and sometimes come to me instead of going in, I just turn their heads towards their box. They know they have to go in (feeding time requires that each one of them goes to his own box) so they go, and their body follows, and I normally use my hand to point them in the right direction.

Thank you, Carolyn, for all the wonderful sharing!


Kerry Grange UK - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn

Checking in….

Monique C. - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in!

Judit Pinterics - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
Checking in. Thank you very much for this theory lesson. It was very informative and useful, especially because it made clear the connection between the self-carriage and the change of the horse habit, and its consequences. Thanks again! Judit (in-a-box 2010)

Angela Frey - 6 years ago Reply

Checking In, I will not be able to start with you but will be reading for the next two weeks as am away on holiday. When I return I will be aquiring a new horse who I would like to start with WHR and UE…Can’t wait!

virginia (in the box) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi, Carolyn,
Just checking in. Love the descriptions of how the exercises have helped with horses that need to calm down. I was reviewing last years’ lesson one and look forward to seeing what you want us to do first in this year’s program. Today, to be prepared, I had my pony stand still and let me walk around him–I had worked on teaching him to stand on a mat some times this year, and he got it pretty quickly. I am excited about being able to do the program this year. Thanks so much for repeating it.

Larry - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in.


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Carol Lewis - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in….. a day late…. I am finding this information to be most interesting… it is like finding a missing piece to a puzzle!!!

I have been doing the Loopty Loo exercises with my horse…

the Slinky metaphor makes so much sense. So does the release before asking for the performance of the horse make so much sense…. Also your comment about ground work and riding and how your approach needs to be the same. I am looking forward to learning more!!!

Thank you!

Carol Lewis

Carrie Eastman - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. I’m interested in more ideas about Judith’s energy saver horse, as I’m working with a similar one. He will offer various speeds of walk, and halts like a dream, no trot offers yet.

pnaake - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,Just checking in.
Peta Naake

StephanieMorse - 6 years ago Reply

checking in

Wow Carolyn

Looks like I’m going to have to set aside a lot more time to read your blogs to get thru all the comments!! Congratulations.

Sharon Soule - 6 years ago Reply

Just checking in.

Alessandra Deerinck - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
Rosalie and I are loving the practice of the UE, they help Rosalie cope with all the new challenges we are taking together and give her a place that she can feel safe and at ease in front of new things. A week ago we did went on our first endurance ride and practiced with the UE at the very beginning of the day, while saddling up, when Rosalie’s friend Andretti left to go on his ride that started before ours, and it helped us a lot. Last Friday night we went to a team sorting event and she got to get close to the cows, I rode her in the arena and walked through the cows. Yesterday we went back during the day, and I spent some time standing on the side of the arena, behind the fence and doing the UE, while watching the other horses work. Tomorrow we might do some more, and see where our relationship takes us…
It is thanks to your teachings that we can explore the world together.

leena kutti - 6 years ago Reply

checking in, looking forward to doing something with my horses on the ground during this cold/snowy wintertime that will benefit both of us.

Ang Green - 6 years ago Reply

Hey Carolyn, checking in and thanking you so much for your guidance.

Katja Behrens - 6 years ago Reply

checking in. thank you! look forward to start.

Valerie - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
Just wanted to check in.
Thank you for teaching about rein release BEFORE the horse performs what you’d like. The first time I tried releasing before the response I wasn’t sure it would work. Well….was I wrong. It not only works, but puts the horse in a relaxed frame of mind that is WONDERFUL to ride. I now simply ask, release, and go. It’s sooooo cool!!!!

Linda S (NC) - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in and looking forward to the next lesson.

Bev Boynton - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, Just checking in. Can’t wait to get started.

LornaPerret - 6 years ago Reply

Hi, Just say I’m in the class,

Cheryl Snowden - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in…

Karla Lauritsen - 6 years ago Reply


Checking in. The ponies and I are having fun revisiting your UE. I’m developing greater core ease and independent hands: so the ponies are joining in with greater ease and joy. Appreciate the theory. Thanks, Karla

Lila "Horse Muse" Harding - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn, I am working with the UEs with several horses and I am always delighted at how this practice builds the connection and brings a sen like state to our partnership. So grateful!!!. I find that when I focus on the joy and celebrate each little success that the process becomes easier and more enjoyable. One of the horsed named Onion is a very committed cribber. I have never worked with a horse that went so out of his way to crib even when engaged with a human. He does not seem to have much of an attention span and he has a very aggressive and obsessive habit of trying to bite his human while waking along side. I am going to focus on his case for this class, because I feel more than ever that his process will help him mentally calm down, get focused, and relax into the work.

Kate Gustke - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. This explanation was SO helpful. We started the UE a bit over a year ago, and we’re beginning to see the ‘snowball’ effect – after a year of resistance and hesitation, my Lusitano gelding Safiib who was trained more in the Rollkur method now tells me he’s ready to get to ‘his’ relaxation exercises by leaving me to walk over to the gate at liberty and nudge his halter until I put it on and begin the UEs. It’s very sweet and we are both getting SO much softer.

I’m beginning to see the work translate to riding, and also the value of us learning it from the ground first – once it’s solid there, the transition to using it from the saddle has become easy and we both ‘get it’ much faster.

I see that this work is helping transform me from a rider to a horsewoman, and also that there’s a vast difference in focus. Thank you!

Kate and Safi

Jan Laware - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Easilly understood theory. Thanks

karin kozlowski - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Checking in. Thank you for this very detailed explanation. I like to understand the theory behind a concept. I watched Stina’s video of the Loopty Loo. I must say that we have been doing it differently. Leave it to me to choose a more difficult way.


Jamie Schultz - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in! Thank you for the wonderful post and I can’t wait to get started:)


Jan Snodgrass - 6 years ago Reply

I’m participating Carolyn. Started doing them with a horse I have in training. He really needs them! Xcel has a catheter in his neck because of Lyme disease. So not doing them with him until it is out.

Also, I need this course and your blog sent to my new e-mail address. How do I do that?


Laurinda Reinhart - 6 years ago Reply

checking in. great explanation, thanks!

stina - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Thank you for this theory lesson, very good one.
We are working on the UEs and did the Loopty Loo
Here is our first small video clip of that, we would love to hear your comments

Kind regards Stina Herberg in St. Vincent

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Stina,
    So kind and soft and willing and beautiful. What you need to add is that when you bring him around from the other side that the back end of your horse moves way from you and hopefully you can get a crossing of the back legs going into a square halt. When Your horse does not give at the end just go up front and try from this position.

Gabrielle Hudson - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Just checking in. Enjoying the theory lessons and practicing LL and UE’s with Jack, now that he is waking up and becoming his own man.

I have also started sharing territory with Stina’s donkeys and who know’s, maybe I will start doing the UE’s with them as well 🙂

Thank you,

TK - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in… Can’t wait to see the benefits of the UE with my boy. =)

Brenda - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, checking in.

Sue Kemp - 6 years ago Reply

Just checking in. Thank you

Jane Lewis - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Caroline,

Just checking in. Thank you,


susan garvin - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,
checking in,
susan (Italy)

Toby Houtman - 6 years ago Reply

(WHIC 2010)
Checking in, great blog! This information will be so useful when we are ready to start riding again!

I started the UE’s last year, but Juno resisted to UE1 a lot (not to the rest). She wouldn’t/couldn’t let herself relax for more than a moment with her head lowered in front of me, soon she would jerk it away. Over the year I kept asking her from time to time, with little success. This winter I did it more regurlarly, and praised her for the smallest of progress, baby baby baby steps. And I made sure my intention was really ‘asking with no pressure’, not ‘telling’.
Since a couple of days finally we seem to have a breakthrough! She even offers it herself sometimes now. I feel this is huge for her, to allow herself to surrender to relaxation.
What seems to have helped also is that I attached short elastic bands to the sides of her halter, so I can ask her for head down even softer.
Looking forward to continuing with this!

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Toby,
    You need to find the resistance to work directly with it. YOu are avoid it.
    What I want her to learn is that giving to pressure is rewarding. If you are working around that you can not get to the resistance to remove it. We are looking for the blocks and working with the.
    Put pressure on her that she will except but not want to give and then release it. As her tolerance grow you can lengthen the time you release so that in time she learns that if she gives, you give. This is what we are working up to.
    First She needs to except you holding her with out pressure or influence her in any way and that she would stand very still.
    I would prefer that you do not use the elastic straps. YOu need to learn feel.

      Toby (Elizabeth) Houtman - 6 years ago Reply

      Dear Carolyn, thank you for responding to my post.
      I appreciate your advice and will take it into consideration. Although I confess I’m a bit surprised and dishearted by it. And I was so happy with our breakthrough…

      Working through Juno’s resistance and blocks – be it very slowly, taking tiny tiny steps – is just what I’ve been doing all past year with the UE1. I do avoid being too strong, I stop when I sense we’ll get into a fight. Because she will then tear away without me being able to hold her. This can happen quickly, she’s very sensitive to pressure and force (although that already has improved a lot). She’s like your pony Pepper as you described her in Naked Liberty: she doesn’t like to be told what to do. She likes to be asked.

      That’s why I take the time it takes for her to work through her blocks herself, with my help.

      Toby (Elizabeth) Houtman - 6 years ago Reply

      Sorry, something went wrong. I replied, but it turned up at 126.1.1 instead of here.

Judith Starr - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in.

Thank you for more theory, I read through it thoroughly. I love to read lots of theory before I go and try things out – I’m that type of learner ;-). I want to know why and what for I’m doing something!

I’m curious about how your exercises will change my gelding, whose gaits are rather sloppy, he’s difficult to get engaged (mind as well as his body). He’s a very relaxed type of horse, so I’m wondering if we will profit from your Überstreichen Exercises!

Looking forward to next week’s lesson and the practical application of the theory!

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Judith,
    They may not help. I hope they help. I do not have much experience working with slow horses. I find that slow horses are hard to activate. Can you ask your horse to trot by your side and halt and trot again on a lead?
    If you can they will probably will help. To get him to wake- up takes asking him to do lively activities and running. Going on a trail and running with other horses can help. Start practicing running to a food dish or his favorite grass. Wake him way slowly and then raze back. Let him see other horses that are lively. It is important you that you are a fast person by nature. If you slow by nature This will cause him to be slow too. No matter what you are doing ask him to always go a little faster.
    The other thing that might be causing him to be slow is that he is controlling you by being slow.

      Judith Starr - 6 years ago Reply

      Dear Carolyn,

      yes, he is a veeery slow horse with little energy (energy-saving model 😉 ).

      Yes, I can trot, halt, trot with him by my side, also without a leadrope at liberty. Many changes of gait wake him up, usually. I recently worked on it riding, so that by now he will follow my energy up and down perfectly. It’s not that he CANNOT go fast, but most of the time he simply doesn’t want to or doesn’t see a reason to do so.

      Most of my riding so far is without rein contact. That was for getting the basics – going faster, going slower, turning, backing, sideways. Now I’d like to advance to more engaging exercises and more contact on the rein. This is difficult as he is the type of horse who has his head relaxed, drawing lines into the sand with his nose! It’s difficult to get his head UP! (I know, the contrary to many horses). So the self-carriage-thing is the most interesting to me at the moment.

      I will keep you updated how the UEs work on that kind of horse! I’m very curious.

Danzarino's Mum - 6 years ago Reply


Checking in.. looking forward to starting the lessons.

My boy is little lame due to being incorrectly shod, he is now barefoot. He has lost a bit of muscle due to me not being able to ride.. what a pair we are!

I’m study equine massage and I’m sure this will help with his road to recovery.

Monica Tomkins UK (inner circle) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Super explanation of the effectiveness of your UE’s. Are there any specific cases where you would not use the UE exercises on a horse?


Jill Odgers - 6 years ago Reply

Thanks Carolyn,

Im eager to get started

Abigail Morris - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

Checking in.

Melissa Freeman - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in

Geerteke Kroes - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
I would like to take the opportunity to ask you through your class a question if that is okay.
I have a New Zealand friend Margaret who will be travelling from Holland back to New Zealand in March this year. I have told her very enthusiastically about you, about your WHRs, about the UE. She would love to hear if there is anybody she can get in touch with in New Zealand on these subjects once she is back home.

Love hearing from you. Thank you Carolyn
Geerteke Kroes

Carolyn Bourchier U.K. inner circle. - 6 years ago Reply

I am present Carolyn. I am seeing new horses every day. I lent one of my owners the Path of The Horse DVD last week and this week she has bought a bitless bridle and a treeless saddle! She is also sitting with her horse each day. New horse and New human.
Lots of love
Carolyn B x

Jackie Decker - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in and eager to learn about these exercises. Jackie

Sandra Moroney - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, Just checking in thanks for your great article.

Jana - 6 years ago Reply

I’m checking in! And I’m very excited to learn more about these exercises. Thanks again for offering this information! 🙂

Karen Farrell - 6 years ago Reply

Just checking in. Thanks so much for offering this free class! Looking forward to starting the exercises… KarenF

Jill - 6 years ago Reply

Glad to hear these are ground exercises (at least to start). Something I can use with both my arthritic 20-yr old and my pregnant 5-yr old!

Emily Glidden - 6 years ago Reply

I am very excited to hear more about how to train for the response that comes after the release. I am used to simply moving the horse away from pressure, which means that the horse creates the release for himself. My horse is going to LOVE this new way 🙂

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Emily,
    We do not really train it. It is a natural response. The horse always wanted us to release so he can preform. What you will learn is timing. In the Uberstreichen Exercises you are going to ask him to release to you first, when he does you will release to him. This will naturally lead to asking then release and then the horse performing.

Moyna Smeaton - 6 years ago Reply

Thanks Carolyn,
checking in & looking forward to starting the UEs. Hoping they will be a big help for Buddy, my TB who is so stiff & sore.
Cheers, Moyna & Da Boyz

Marilyn - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Checking in.
Thanks for another great theory lesson on the UE!

Barbara Janesick - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

What a wonderful blog today. I’m ready to learn more about Uberstreichen Exercises. I tried UE last year when you first introduced them to your Internet followers. My horse really became relaxed when doing the UE. My Arabian gelding is a very energetic horse, so the UE benefited him a lot.

Looking forward to more of your instruction on UE.

Yours truly,

Barbara Janesick

Amanda - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in.

Thank you!

Jackie Wittman - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Checking in and thanks for the theory about the exercises. Would these exercises be helpful for a 2 year old just beginning training?


Stephanie Cowles - 6 years ago Reply

Hi. Checking in. Thank you.


Connie Huibregtse - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Checking in:)


Diana Berna - 6 years ago Reply

Hi ~I’m just new to the class. I am looking forward to learning these methods for my percheron/thoroughbred~ Layla. Thank you Carolyn- you are a blessing

Tammy - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

checking in, thank you for the lovely deepening post today

and asking if there is likelihood of messing this up if one has a large paddock only, to attempt anything in and has not achieved the sequence of waterhole rituals yet? should it even be attempted under such conditions?

kind regards

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Tammy,
    This is a good question. I will be addressing it later. Please leave your full name. This way you have a better chance of me responding. With the class size it helps. I am keeping records on your responses. This way I can better serve you.

Lisa Hill - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn, Thank you for this theroy lesson. Much needed for me to glue information in my mind. I was excited to sit down at my computer and get this lesson. Like opening a Christmas present! I did try what you told me when walking on the circle. I was holding my arms up. When I put them down and focused on where I was going. He did not bite on the lead rope. Looking forward to the next lesson! (:

Suzanna R - 6 years ago Reply

Hi, checking in.

Carroll Ellis - 6 years ago Reply

Again, Thanks this looks just like what I want. I really would like my horse to relax.

I do have a question: I use a bitless bridle, so would I do anything different?


Jemma - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Thank-you for this much needed info.

Best wishes, Jemma

Jane McLaughlin - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Thank you for these classes. I am looking forward to managing stress for my high octane mare.

Nancy Goslin - 6 years ago Reply

A little late to class but sure am glad I made it! If I get even a fraction of the described benefits it’ll make a positive difference in my horses’ lives.
Thanks again, Nancy

Laura Kerley - 6 years ago Reply

Just checking in…thanks Carolyn! 🙂

Anne-Marie - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Thank you for your dressage theory.Waiting for the rain to stop.

Kris TwoOwls - 6 years ago Reply

Thank you again for freely offering this class. I’m excited to have ground exercises to practice with my very pregnant mare while we aren’t riding. I have had very little exposure to dressage and am grateful for your willingness to take the time to define and explain. I am wondering at what age can a horse begin to learn these exercises? Is this something I can start teaching to our weanlings in halter?

DebMccusker - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Thankyou, great theory lesson.

LorraineCampbell - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. I’ve been trying to spend time every day with the sharing territory ritual. Notice my horses look more relaxed, interested, and happy to see me. Yesterday Luna, who is 5, was lying down as I brought her her feed and didn’t bother getting to her feet so I stuck the bowl in front of her nose and she ate it like that while I sat there beside her. Didn’t move until her mother got in on the action and tried to pull the bowl away. Really looking forward to the UE exercises, I think they’ll be great for us.

Ronda Hanning - 6 years ago Reply

I am very excited to work on these excercises with my two horses. My gelding yields to the bit and really gets over his back except I do have some trouble when tracking left. He wants to bulge his left shoulder in. I have to get him very active and catch him early in order to be effective.

My mare is 15 and very stiff, especially to the left. She is a school horse (I am purchasing her to give her a better life). My goal for her is to get her hard, stiff little body to relax. I have been doing Masterson Massage (a very light method where I look for her reaction to determine how much pressure and when to stay in one place). She is willing but her poll is locked, her shoulder is stiff, she has a long way to go. She has a hunter’s bump and an atrophied topline. She is a sweetheart and I just want her to feel better.

My gelding is 8 and a wonderful guy! He has a lot to give but I want it to come from relaxation and the feeling of a powerful body, not fear or tension! He actually is very relaxed and lovely to ride but it is time to take the next step. We are working on collection (short steps, lots of transitions up and down). He is a Friesian. I also want him to have fun! He has a fabulous work ethic and puts his head down and opens his mouth for the bridle. I do think he really enjoys the work. I tell him all the time what a superstar he is and I think he knows it!

I’m very excited to begin.

sheila - 6 years ago Reply

in gratitude, checking in, and want to ask if you would speak about the vitality and stability of the ‘core” muscles of the body while asking the UE questions (and all questions, i guess) of the horse, from the ground?
happy aloha full moon blessings to all

donna - 6 years ago Reply

Hi carolyn,
checking in, cant wait to start. thank you again.
This is great, so much snow and rain. i have some-
to work on with my horse. donna chapman

Anna&Capri - 6 years ago Reply

Yup, I’m here!

cathy lewis - 6 years ago Reply

Thanks. Checking in.

Marja van Run - 6 years ago Reply

(In a Box 2010)

Checking in.
Thank you Carolyn for this very clear and valuable theory lesson.

By the way, what is a ‘slinky’? My dictionary as well as several online translators don’t know this word ;-).

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Marja,
    It is an American toy that is a steel pipe that has been make into a coil.
    Lays and lays of coil. When you put in on the top of a stair and tip the top part over it beings to pile its self on to the next step like domino. It tumbles down the stairs till it gets to the bottom of the stairs.

      Marja van Run - 6 years ago Reply

      Thanks for answering my question Carolyn (it keeps you busy these days ;-)!)
      I actually had a Slinky when I was a kid, just didn’t know it was called ‘Slinky’! I remember loving to watch it ‘walk’ down the stairs on its own, I can even hear the sound in my head now :-).

Willow - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn;
Checking in. Thank you for the explaination of “proper nuisance”. I am trying this and I love the results. Willow

Debbie Tornblom - 6 years ago Reply

(WRIC 2010) Hi,
I am looking forward to learning with the Uberstreichen. I think back to last year and see a difference in my attitude and relaxation toward being with Rocky (as a result of practicing the Waterhole Rituals). I have seen a change in his attitude toward me in the past couple of months as well. He is happy to leave the other horses at liberty and join me when I ask him and I find a real truth in the letting go and enjoying whatever the time brings. Sometimes we “do” something and sometimes we just “are”. Especially in the 15 to 20-below cold, our time can be brief, but pleasant. I envision the uberstreichen practice being a wonderful exercise that benefits us both as the winter retreats and warms into spring.

shelley dunkin insiders circle - 6 years ago Reply

carolyn, checking in for rollcall and thoguht i’d mention doing dinner and dancing w/my 3 volunteers today and what i noticed.
they really are standing w/their legs under them while against the wall!!! and when i ask for pretty they get sooo pretty and collected.
they also conncentrate so hard to do what i’m asking. what focus its developing!!
even my dominant little palomino, shimmer, is really trying hard and i dont ask for too many times because he is really using his back and hip muscles.

this winter i want to really progress w/the ubers and looking so forward to this class.

love, shelley

Marianne - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in.

Victoria Cummings - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn – Thanks so much for teaching these exercises again this winter. Now that I’ve been a “Box” student, it is so much clearer what you are trying to do and I know I’ll be more successful with them this time around. I was listening to a recording with Clarissa Pinkola Estes the other day and when she said, “Listen to me now, believe me later”, I thought of you. That’s exactly what has happened for me with the WHR. Your help this past year has been incredibly valuable to me and Silk and Siete. I’m always so grateful for your generosity.

Heather Blakney - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in, thankyou Carolyn and bless you for providing this wisdom that helps both human and horse. As we listen to horses and become the leaders they long for us to be, we bring healing to the world.

Ellen Allen - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in, and a big thank you for helping me with MY awareness …
Looking forward to the exercises.

BonnieJBeresford - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in, Carolyn.
Like many others in the class, we are cold here in southern Ontario so time with the horses is sometimes limited. But when the wind is down and sun is out and the horses are sleepy-eyed and content, they love the soft touch of my hands on their heads. I am looking at this as a great opportunity to do something new that will give them pleasure and a new way of interacting with me, while the season has its way with the playing fields of summer. What a gift to us for the winter!

Laura Bold - 6 years ago Reply

This theory is so timely in helping me to understand things better. I never did get what being in front of the leg meant, thank you for talking on that.
My first attempt with Orlov on the first week UE was not very successful, I could not get him to lower his head but a couple of inches. He kept wanting to pull away from me, not sure what I was or wasn’t doing that was causing this but will be working on that more.
Even though we didn’t quite get it together, it seems that we have a better bond going as of late. Maybe it is just the intention working. What ever it is , is really nice!

Thanks so much for sharing this Carolyn!


Nancy Proulx - 6 years ago Reply

checking in
nancy proulx

Julie Keys - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in, going to start with lesson 1 tomorrow! Thank you

Elodie Belz - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn!

Just checking in! By the way, like you adviced me last week, I started to learn to Bonito to wait. As I cannot see him everyday (he is not mine, I take care of him regularly) I could only work on it twice up to now. But he learned really fast! He is so cute when he stands nicely in front of me, waiting patiently, his eyes saying “see how patient I am and how well I am behaving! Can I have a cookie now?” I still cannot groom him without having him trying to nip my jacket sometimes, but I am sure we are on the right track. So thanks a lot, I will keep you informed!

Marcia Weaver - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Thank you for this opportunity. I have your DVD and practicing the WHR when weather permits (Maine). I am anxious to see how this all effects my three horses with their various personalities.

Helen E. Lutsch - 6 years ago Reply

Just letting you know I’m here and very much looking forward to the lessons to come. And I do understand what you are saying in today’s lesson.

Tine Meilby Friedrichsen - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Checking in and being grateful for this class. I did the first UE’s last winter with the horse I had the privilege to work with then and it did wonders in our relationship.
I am looking forward to introducing the UE’s with the horse I am now getting to know. Your comments on the reasons why a horse might shy is of great relevance to me, thank you.

Tine Meilby, Denmark

Julia Felton - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn

Checking in and looking forward to starting the UE’s again.

Much Love


Rosemary Crowley "In The Box" - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn

Checking in. I will review your previous class. I will be working with my 4 yo tb mare and 24 year old gelding and my 2 yo andalusian (is that OK?) since he is just doing sharing territory with me – not saddled, just some leading exercises and mini lunging.

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Rosemary,
    Take it easy and may blocks he has will be maybe not change because of his age. He might love the program but at the beginning you might have to convince him that it is fun. Once he gets it it will be something he will look forward to. If he does not come around to them in a weeks time. I would drop.

Regina Walter (Insider Circle 2010) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Checking in. Just the thing for the winter blahs!

Jill Mora - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in! Enjoying the theory lessons!

Many Thanks!


Beth Schang - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in – Wonderful exposition of your theory, Carolyn, I look forward to the day all competitive horses and rider/trainers are using your method such that “Rollkur no more” becomes fact.

Joanna Blake - 6 years ago Reply

checking in, many thanks

Grace - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. This is my first time learning about the UEs and I am very excited to know what the first exercise is 🙂

Sophia Kambylis - 6 years ago Reply

checking in. thank you!

Christian Gundermann - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

checking in.
I do have one question, and maybe it exceeds what you want to deal with for today. I’m trying to translate the UE ground exercises into riding. As you know, I always loved your notion of releasing before the horse gives (and the horse will think that he has given), instead of holding until there is a release on the part of the horse. And when you release, you don’t just throw it all away (which is sort of the NH version of “pressure/release”) but rather release the horse into a floating hold (stay with him). Now, presuming that I’ve requested a poll release from my horse when riding, and the horse is arching, and I now have the floating hold going on, to what extent do I still, within that floating hold, make other requests with my reins, or to what extent do I need to transfer most other typical rein requests (such as turning, half-halting or halting) to the use of the seat and weight? I know that I can do most half-halting (and downward transitions) with my mare simply by making my spine more rigid and breathing in, but to have clarity over whether I am asking for a shoulder-in, for example, or a turn onto a small circle, I often recur to an opening rein toward the inside (when asking for the circle). So my question is: does this interfere with the floating hold? Am I not supposed to make other rein requests while the horse has released the poll and is in a floating hold with me? Will this disturb the floating hold (which gives somewhat less contact than a traditional “two pounds in your reins” contact)….?

Many thanks in advance.


    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Christian,
    YOu can call me on this one. I do not know if I understand you. In very request you take a hold and then release to a floating hold or no hold at all. Also when you take a hold you want the horse to slow down or speed up a little this will help the throughness you get.
    But still call me I would enjoying talking to you on this matter.

Cori - 6 years ago Reply

You are so right on with your ideas about all horses needing this exercise, and benefiting from dressage! Since I started doing natural dressage with Karen Rohlf, my horses have improved greatly!

I, too, can hardly wait to get into the ‘meat and potatoes’ of this exercise. I already see a difference from doing some liberty before riding. All three of my ‘boys’ do the loopty-loo well! Whooppee!

Thanks so much for offering this course!


Debbie Antolak - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn, just checking in. This is perfect timing for my Appaloosa, Joker. We are just beginning our journey in dressage and this will be a wonderful addition to our training.

Kathy Cavanah - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Checking in.

Took Elmo to the Saddle Club this morning to do some ground work out of the rain. We did UE#1 and UE#2 on both sides at a walk, the first step of single lining along the wall, then we attemped the Loopty Loo. By now, Elmo was letting me put his neck and head anywhere. I’d say that is the first time he has let me have a floating hold. As usual, because what we do is so unusual in Clark County, someone came over to me and made a comment. He said, “Your horse sure likes you!” And, I said, “Yes, he does. And, I sure like him.”

Rebecca Jones - 6 years ago Reply

I am confused on how the ground exercises translate under saddle? Think I’ll learn if i keep going but it is a skeptical question that is constantly in my head.

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Rebecca,
    What happens to alot of people when it does not translate is that they ride differently and than then work for the ground. YOu need to be careful that your approach your horse in the same way. I will help you with it. Hopefully we will get it done.
    When you work for the ground you know better when your horse is not with you but form the saddle it is much harder. Just imagine that your horses feet are yours. This I find helps alot. Do not let your horse’s feet take you any place you did not direct him to go.

Christine Hudson - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. I am really enjoying starting the UEs. Perfect for the winter. Thankyou!

Andrea Schwiegel - 6 years ago Reply

This class of the Ueberstreichen exercises comes very timely for me as I started riding Clarence again, we both have to learn the light aids and self carriage. We are getting help from a dressage teacher, too. I’m so curious to see our progress in combining both, the Ueberstreichen and the riding lessons.
Checking in.

Tracy Litle - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in for the class. Thanks for the theory portion, it further clarifies the finer points. I am looking forward to learning them along with the horses this time around

carolyn j - 6 years ago Reply

checking in and lookng forward to the next lesson

thanks Carolyn

Toni Farrell - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Checking in, thank you .


Sandy McMahon - 6 years ago Reply

Thanks for the theory lessons before we begin again with the UE. This really helps tie everything together for me.
I always look forward to your lessons.
Vancouver Island, B.C.
p.s. Two friends and I attended Robin’s clinic in June 2010. It was a pleasure to see your Waterhole Rituals in application. We are very inspired by your WR and thank you so much for sharing them.

Sheri Slessler - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Thanks again, Carolyn!

Shira Nafshi - 6 years ago Reply

Looking forward to the first exercise!

Silje - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in! Can’t wait to start:)

One little question: One of the horses I’ll be doing the UE’s with is very impatient about his head. I’ve tried the floating hold, and he doesn’t like it. He’s only three years old and both dominant and “childish” in his behaviour… do you have any tips on how to approach him? He generally likes a higher energy, and doing as he chooses himself… He is very impatient indeed.

Thank you for today’s lesson, I’m looking forward to reading the next!

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Silge,
    First work on getting him to stand for a period a little longer than he would naturally and then praise him. Then walk around and return and ask again to stand. YOU can not do the exercises until your horse will stand without being help and you can walk around him with the rope on the ground. Until you can do that your horse is not ready.

mitzi - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

Checking in.
What a wonderful explanation of what the UE’s are and what they can do to benefit the horse.
Looking forward to getting started 🙂 again.

Mitzi (WRIC class 2009)

Samantha Martel - 6 years ago Reply


Checking in and enjoyed reading more theory on the exercises. Thank you again for making this available. I feel it will greatly help in bonding with our horses, and also help their physical well being.


Geerteke Kroes - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
Thank you for lesson 2. Mighty interesting. Even if it is ‘only’ theoretical at the moment. I like the theoretical part as well. Very much so. Especially with my Prix St George background I am always interested in how someone else tells his/her story. Sometimes that gives a human sighting as well:-)

I do have a question already which seems important to me because of ‘reciprocal clarity’.
Due to recovering from my accident still I shall not be doing any teaching for at least I think another 4 weeks. However, l already see the possibilities as I saw them with the WHR when talking about them to my students. By doing so I found out that they became more aware of the way of the horse. Behavioural awareness. I have already mentioned that to you and you sounded quite pleased.

In the case of the UE you mentioned in lesson 1 that the UE is your intellectual property, which I fully respect. Is there, however, a possibility for me to talk about the UE with my students. I feel that talking about them after I have done some studying and practicing first myself, of course, might increase another part of my students’ awareness, namely the anatomical awareness.

I would love to hear your comments on this.

Heart-to-Heart, Geerteke Kroes

Ritambhara Tyson - 6 years ago Reply

Just checking in and enjoying the explanation of the excersises before we actually begin. THank you.

Wilma van Wyngaarden - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn

I’m looking forward to developing these skills as our (my and my mare’s) remaining difficulty is managing what happens when we get unfocused and wired in situations with horses and people we don’t know. As in overexcited, spooky (both her and I) and unconfident. (And fast!)


Patt G. - 6 years ago Reply

Thank You—Excellent!!

Anna-Karin Hägglund (In a box) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you for this theory lesson!

My horse, Ameri Kahn is not broken yet. Are there any benefits from doing UE before I will ride him?


Sarah - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. And thank you again for doing this!

Donna Cayce - 6 years ago Reply

These exercises are perfect for practicing in a small, sheltered space during the rather poor winter weather we are experiencing right now in Tennessee…snow, ice, mud, rain.

    Julie Keys - 6 years ago Reply

    I like your response, same here in England in January, and when we have snow and ice can sometimes not get the horses out of their stables so this will be a fantastic thing to do to keep them occupied.

deborah johnson - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Started Gunner (again) with Uberstreichen exercises. We tried last year but had to put them on hold because we were not where we needed to be with the whr’s. He certainly remembers. Still have to get my short uber handles on his web halter. Looking forward to lots of dvds!
We are very cold, -2 Wed night, so our Uber time will be a little limited to the amount of time my hands keep feeling in them. While waiting for spring, excellant time to share territory and practice our Uberstreichen’s before riding gets going full speed this spring. Good timing Carolyn!

Christine Schetter - 6 years ago Reply

Thanks Carolyn,

checking in with one Question:

is a 2 year old horse too young to do the uberstreichens? I have an andalusian x filly who is in her clumsiest growing stage at the moment. at the moment she is croup-high and stumbles a lot. Would this be beneficial for her or would those exercises put too much pressure on her because she is doing so much growing at the moment?

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Christine,
    She is a little young but I believe that if she seem to advance easily she is ready for them. They could help her carry herself better possible. There are some things she must be able to do first like lead at your side with out the use of the rope, stand still unattended and trot by your side first.
    I will go into this in the next lesson. One thing is we do not work a horse more than 10 or 15 minutes so she might be able to cope.

Deborah Hopkins - 6 years ago Reply

Can hardly wait to get started, and to see where the UE take me with the horse that I started coboarding this fall. Inviting and allowing feel much more comfortable to me, than demanding and punishing! I am really enjoying your methods. I intend to start the Waterhole RItuals in the spring
(when the snow and cold wind are gone!). Thank you Carolyn …

Becky - 6 years ago Reply

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