Marie's Passion is Teaching and Training

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 "I  love to teach the horse and rider team, sharing my experience and  knowledge. Seeing the talent and relationship bloom between horses and  their riders is really exciting.  This is my passion."  Unlike  many riders and trainers, Marie starts all of her own horses and is the  sole trainer through Grand Prix.  She has successfully trained seven  plus horses through the FEI levels, four through Grand Prix.  She has  earned her USDF Gold Medal in addition to many other local and national  titles.  Marie really takes her work to heart and genuinely cares about  both horse and human.  


It  is her philosophy that the athletic  development of the horse should  promote long-term mental and physical soundness.  She achieves this  through the correct use of dressage and states that it should always  increase long-term soundness of the horse and rider, and be utilized as a  natural methodical development of harmony between two musculoskeletal  beings.  


Marie  teaches classical equitation through self awareness and discipline, in  order to achieve correct use of rider aids which develops a willing  partner in the horse.  Exercises that promote strength, balance and  stamina are used to help articulate the skill of the horse and rider  combination.  The horse and rider's education are further refined  through various suppling exercises and transitions of gaits and with in  the gates, building a strong foundation for horse and rider to move up  the training scale. 


It  is important that riders learn empathy for their equine partners, that  they learn to listen to them and communicate appreciation and acceptance  when they are obedient, as well as how and when to correct them when  their response is undesirable.  Horses are developed Bio-mechanically  according to the skill level of their rider in much the same way as a  physical trainer teaches a human athlete, but with minimal words. 


Since  the horse primarily learns through physical aids, the rider must become  physically  "listener-savvy."  By becoming physically listener-savvy,  the rider becomes sensitive though the seat and rein aids allowing  himself to become keen to the physical messages the horse is constantly  giving his rider.  A riders ability to become listener-savvy in this  way  is a crucial part of his education in order to achieve the advanced  development of the horse.     

The Ultimate Goal

 

The  ultimate goal is harmony between horse and rider  while developing the  optimal athleticism.   There is no feeling more satisfying than the  harmony achieved between horse and rider, and no picture more powerful  or beautiful than that of a treasured friendship achieved. 


Lessons  are adapted to each individual based on experience and ability, in  order to minimize tension in the horse and ensure optimal success.  This  is very important as tension in the horse inhibits its ability to focus  and learn.  To this end tension must be minimized and eliminated in  order to promote a free forward acceptance to the rider's aids.  


Marie's  approach is always "calm, straight and forward" (approach handed down  from her coach Major Robert Borg, U.S. Olympic Silver medalist), in  order to determine each individual horse and rider's needs for logical  progression.  Lessons are designed in an organized fashion with  simplified exercises based on the skill level and experience of the  rider, in order to secure a clear understanding of fundamental to  advanced exercises.  


Lesson horses are available including FEI school masters.   

The  ultimate goal is harmony between horse and rider  while developing the  optimal athleticism.   There is no feeling more satisfying than the  harmony achieved between horse and rider, and no picture more powerful  or beautiful than that of a treasured friendship achieved.  


Lessons  are adapted to each individual based on experience and ability, in  order to minimize tension in the horse and ensure optimal success.  This  is very important as tension in the horse inhibits its ability to focus  and learn.  To this end tension must be minimized and eliminated in  order to promote a free forward acceptance to the rider's aids.  


Marie's  approach is always "calm, straight and forward" (approach handed down  from her coach Major Robert Borg, U.S. Olympic Silver medalist), in  order to determine each individual horse and rider's needs for logical  progression.  Lessons are designed in an organized fashion with  simplified exercises based on the skill level and experience of the  rider, in order to secure a clear understanding of fundamental to  advanced exercises. 

Lesson horses are available including FEI school masters.    

While championships and ribbons are very exciting, the ultimate goal for Morgenstern Farm is to educate riders and train horses so that horse and rider combinations can experience harmony and a partnership that brings them an unsurpassed joy as a result of  spending time together.  


Marie  specializes in teaching the horse and rider combination to achieve  optimal connection and communication through physical and mental  discipline.   Her goal is to help owners and riders develop the optimal  athleticism and partnership with their horses in order to achieve their goals and have fun! 




 "It is man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man."   (Nietzche)