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post #1 of 18 Old 09-20-2020, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Our adventures - Bitless dressage from the start

Welcome to my journal!


Because someone in my "Welcome"-thread suggested to I decided that I should start a journal.


The most important part of this journey will be this sweet fella:



Name: Boromir (Stud name: Bellagio)
DOB: 14th of April 2019
Breed: Westphalian (although pedigree is mainly Hanoveranian, with almost no TB blood)
Sire: Callaho's Benicio (by Belissimo M)
Sire of Dam: Show Star (by Sandro Hit)

He is the first horse I bred myself, leased the mare and chose the stallion to breed a dressage horse that could potentially fullfill my wishes intead of having to deal with a hypermobile, nervous "dressage-ship"(how we call them in Germany).


I want to train him according to classic principles, inspired by people such as Branderup, Steinbrecht etc. but bitless, which is still pretty rare over here in Europe and is often looked down upon as not being a "proper" way to train your horse.
For any groundwork I prefer to work with clicker/mainly positive reinforcement, especially concerning medical-training, and do everything from lunging, to long-rein work and freework.


I would love to also, one day, participate in one or two Working Equitation competitions, but we'll see how the rulebook is looking then concerning bitless bridles (so far they're still allowed in 3 out of 5 classes).

That's it for now, as we don't do a lot together because he still lives 370km away, but I'll visit a stable here next saturday that looks perfect for us(and is close to the sea, yay!) where I'd stable him from autumn(next year) on.

Here are some more pictures showing his development in his first year





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post #2 of 18 Old 09-20-2020, 09:16 AM
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Following! All his flashy white is absolutely stunning.
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post #3 of 18 Old 09-20-2020, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you!
His sire is flashy like that as well, but a liver chestnut




I've taken, and lost, a bet that with my luck he'll be a completely solid black horse.

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post #4 of 18 Old 09-20-2020, 12:59 PM
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He's beautiful, good luck with all your plans.
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post #5 of 18 Old 09-20-2020, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, so far he has been nothing but lovely.
He has a great temperament, very calm and courageous for his age, we'll see if he stays that way :P

I miss how small and cuddly he was though.

This is the first time I've met him, at 3 days old, and he believed he was a lap dog and looooved neck and back scratches.
(Pls. ignore how heavy I looked, was quite sick for months at the time and gained 30kg in 2-3 months thanks to staying in hospitals and heavy medication. I'm good now, but it was a tough time)

He was his dams first foal and she was just lovely, absolutely trustful in people, but kept other horses at bay, really great.


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post #6 of 18 Old 09-21-2020, 03:14 PM
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Awww, I love this. So cool! I ride bitless 99% of the time anymore - I prefer it actually. Can't wait to follow your journal!
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post #7 of 18 Old 09-21-2020, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Awww, I love this. So cool! I ride bitless 99% of the time anymore - I prefer it actually. Can't wait to follow your journal!

Thank you :)

For the record. I am not against riding your horse with a bit, in fact, if he prooves to be overly sensitive on the nose and indicates that he does not like bitless training at all, I'd obviously switch. But the plan is to go completely without a bit, just as some sort of advocacy and to show people that it is in fact possible to train your dressage horse properly without a piece of iron in its mouth ;)
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post #8 of 18 Old 09-22-2020, 10:38 AM
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Well he certainly has the bloodlines to be a fantastic dressage horse! I wish you all the best!
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post #9 of 18 Old 09-22-2020, 02:17 PM
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Same here, I am also not against bits! I just prefer going bitless and sometimes I do ride in a bit (a very gentle one), but my mare definitely responds even better without one lol. I agree.

So exciting! I love all the pictures!
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post #10 of 18 Old 09-23-2020, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, guys

I'm very excited for everything as well. Hope I can manage to visit the stable where I want to board him from next year on. It's decently close to the Northern Sea so we might even get some beach pictures here at some point


Currently he is just enjoying life back in Germany with his half-brother (also Benicio son), two fillies and a couple broodmares.
(not the best pics but I still like them)

His tail is growing strongly, mane not so much. Guess that's what you get for having a warmblood :P





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