This leading para-dressage trainer focuses on what each horse needs to do his job.

 

Q: As a German native, you decided to emigrate to the United States in 1985. Why?

KH: I was working for the second biggest dressage barn in Germany as bereiter FN (a licensed instructor), riding and training both Grand Prix dressage horses and grand prix jumpers. A German coach told me to look at what Americans were doing in jumping. They had a lighter riding style that would be the style of the future—it was easier on the horses. So I decided to move to America to see this new style for myself and learn to incorporate it into my riding with a strong German background. At 24 years old, you have no fear. When you are training horses all day for your job, going to America is no big deal.

 

Read full interview here:

https://practicalhorsemanmag.com/personalities/kai-handt-never-blame-the-horse

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/practical-horseman/20171001/281689729954394

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