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Online course

Body Basics

Observe to discover


Learn to look at your horse differently!

When we arrive at the yard, the first thing we often do is look at our horse. We all do this unconsciously. We scan the horse for wounds or other abnormalities, but we often do not consciously consider the much smaller signals that the body gives us. For example, have you ever noticed the way your horse places their feet when they are at rest? How they move their neck to pick hay from the hay net? Or how they distribute their weight over all four feet when they walk from the water bowl to the feeding area, for example?


In this course you will learn to observe horses in their own environment. By learning to observe consciously, you will start to recognize patterns. For example, you’ll see what the horse’s preferred posture or position is. These patterns give you information about the body’s strengths and weaknesses. If you have that knowledge, you can also use it effectively in your management or training. When you observe the horse over a longer period of time you will see changes in the body. For example, you’ll be able to see positive effects of your training or recognize injuries at an early stage.


Available in English on July 15 2024! You’ll have lifelong access to this course.


You can register now already for €69.95 instead of €89,95.


So don’t wait too long and order now!

What are the things you can pay attention to?


Standing and resting

Horses save their energy for when it is really needed. During the day you’ll see a lot of standing around and sometimes lying down. The way they do this can tell you something about their health and is worth observing!


Eating and drinking

A horse in nature spends a large part of their day looking for food or eating. Because they eat small portions throughout the day, the horse’s intestines are always partially filled. This is important for their general health.


Free movement

A horse literally needs to move to stay healthy and fit. Movement can be divided into free movement and training. For your observation, we’ll look at free movement in which the horse moves their body of their own volition.


Other behaviours

And what does that leave us with? Well, actually with all the rest! Think of grooming, defecating, urinating, rolling, rubbing and so much more. All behaviours that require a horse to use their body. How a horse does this can give you a lot of information..

You’ll get lifetime access to the course! So learn when it best suits you.  

You can learn to observe

In the current range of courses, a lot can be found about how to best observe your horse during training. Do they move completely soundly, do they bend easily on both reins, are they able to collect?


But have you ever thought about what the horse does the other 23 hours of the day? And how much information can you actually gain from that?


We can obtain so much information if we look at all the natural behaviours of the horse. How does a horse eat, rest, roll or defecate? But also, how does a horse move from A to B without you guiding them? Consciously observing your horse in freedom so that you can really find out how the horse prefers to move or use their body.


What can you expect?

Zefanja Vermeulen has years of experience in conducting assessments. All videos are narrated by herself. This really gives you the opportunity to learn directly from her throughout this course. What does she pay attention to and what things does she notice? A unique opportunity!!

To know what is ‘abnormal’, we must first know what is normal. Zefanja Vermeulen has been conducting research into primitive horses for years. These are horses that are not or only partially domesticated. You can gain a lot of information by comparing these to our domestic horse.

In this course we have collected images of more than 50+ different horses for you. Each of those horses shows a deviation that allows you to really visually see how you can recognize these. The course is designed in such a way that it encourages you to first observe yourself so that you immediately begin to train your eye.

By observing my horse’s preferred posture, I discovered that he kept taking weight off his left hind leg

“My horse has not been completely sound for a long time. He was not lame, but had been moving for a long time as if he sometimes had a slight kink in his wheel. By observing his preferred position/posture, I discovered that he kept taking weight off his left hind leg. Every time he was resting a hind leg in liberty, or standing in a certain position near the hay net, I saw that he had less weight on his left hind. This allowed me to specifically look for the cause and see in my management and training how I could make him stronger in this area.


The funny thing is that even though he is now happy and completely sound again, I notice that I still observe him when I arrive at the yard. This way I hope to pick up on any changes at an earlier stage next time. – Kelly

What do the participants say?

“It has become clear to me how much I have missed all these years. Once you realize what you are able to see, it is impossible not to see it again. Very happy that I now have this knowledge!”


“What a well-designed course! It’s wonderful that you are first put to work watching the videos yourself and only then do you get Zefanja's view. This really encourages you to train your eye.”


“It's so strange that we pay so much attention to flexibility and balance while riding, but we never do this the rest of the time. For me, this course completes the picture.”


How can you put it to use?

And if you have observed something in your horse, what can you do with this information?


It helps you to recognize physical and mental problems at an earlier stage, adapt the living environment to your horse’s body, recognize points of attention that you can apply in your training and so much more…


Zefanja says

“Through my research into both domestic and primitive horses, I increasingly discovered how many variations there are in the way horses use their body. Behaviours that we often don’t even look at because they are so ‘normal’ can give you so much valuable information. The way a horse eats, rolls or urinates all require a certain use of the body.


I have seen for myself how much you can read from this in my own horse. A tendon injury changed the way she rested. You could clearly see that resting took more effort in her body and that she started to load herself differently. By observing this carefully over time, I got bits of information about her recovery and my focus in her training so that I could help her.


I hope to pass on this knowledge to as many other horse owners as possible so that together we are able to see more. Observing to discover, that is exactly what you will learn in this course!”



Buy the course now and start observing on July 15!


Now for €69.95 instead of €89.95 and you’ll get lifelong access.  


So don’t wait too long, order the course now and be the first to get access on July 15!