Florian and His Horses

„For me it is not so much about what we do with a horse, but much more about how we do it. The connection between the human and the horse is my number one priority.“

Florian Oberparleiter

Connection Between
Human and Horse

Working with horses without a rope or a rein is by many people regarded as an exemplar of a good connection between the human and the horse. However, this is a misconception! The connection between human and horse does not depend on the level of training nor does it depend on whether the horse is at liberty, at a lead rope or under the saddle.

Florian loves working with his horses at liberty. However, the connection with them is much more important to him. Showing the work with his own horses, Florian wants to inspire people to build up a connection with their horses and to sustain it, no matter what your level.

Florian’s Greatest Teacher Phoebe

Phoebe is a quarter horse mare that has accompanied Florian since 2003. Due to her nervousness and her tendency to spook, Florian has always been advised to give her away.

Fortunately, he never followed this advice, but rather saw his Phoebe as a learning opportunity. Today, Florian is convinced that he owes a lot of his knowledge about the nature of horses to Phoebe.

Florian’s Greatest Teacher Phoebe

Phoebe is a quarter horse mare that has accompanied Florian since 2003. Due to her nervousness and her tendency to spook, Florian has always been advised to give her away.

Fortunately, he never followed this advice, but rather saw his Phoebe as a learning opportunity. Today, Florian is convinced that he owes a lot of his knowledge about the nature of horses to Phoebe.

More of Florian & Phoebe

Communication on the Ground

Circles in an Unusual Way

Working with Barrels

More of Florian & Phoebe

Communication on the Ground

Circles in an Unusual Way

Working with Barrels

Monty

Monty is a quarter horse gelding whose behavior towards humans is shaped by confidence and by dominance. Nevertheless, he sometimes reacts very afraid towards new things.

Monty’s character is very different to Phoebe’s. When Monty entered Florian’s life in 2010, it was a wonderful new challenge for Florian to build up a connection with him.

In Memoriam Sven Glückspilz

Florian was accompanied by Sven Glückspilz for almost 20 years. He was everything Florian’s other horses were not – mostly laid-back. He loved to stand still and to move as little as possible. Through this he taught Florian to nurture the preferences and talents of a horse instead of imposing the same requirements on all of them.

It would have been possible to require the same things from Sveni that energetic horses offer. However, Sveni would have hated it. It would have been grueling both to the human and to the horse. Grace would have never been possible.

Instead Florian started looking for things Sveni also liked to do. Surprisingly, he found them in overcoming obstacles or similar things. Sveni liked that so much that he suddenly was full of energy. By being this way, Sveni also helped Florian to understand that high performance only makes sense if you have high motivation.

Unfortunately, Sveni passed away in December 2018. Florian will never forget his “little guy” and will always be grateful for his lessons.

In Memoriam Sven Glückspilz

Florian was accompanied by Sven Glückspilz for almost 20 years. He was everything Florian’s other horses were not – mostly laid-back. He loved to stand still and to move as little as possible. Through this he taught Florian to nurture the preferences and talents of a horse instead of imposing the same requirements on all of them.

It would have been possible to require the same things from Sveni that energetic horses offer. However, Sveni would have hated it. It would have been grueling both to the human and to the horse. Grace would have never been possible.

Instead Florian started looking for things Sveni also liked to do. Surprisingly, he found them in overcoming obstacles or similar things. Sveni liked that so much that he suddenly was full of energy. By being this way, Sveni also helped Florian to understand that high performance only makes sense if you have high motivation.

Unfortunately, Sveni passed away in December 2018. Florian will never forget his “little guy” and will always be grateful for his lessons.

Phoebe 2011

Monty & Phoebe 2010

Warning

Many of the things shown are very dangerous and can lead to serious injuries and even death. In general, handling horses is very risky; not using equipment such as a saddle or a bridle increases the risk.

Pictures and videos presenting the rider without a saddle and a bridle show the final result after several years of training. By no means should you try to imitate this – for your own and for your horse’s safety!

In addition, wearing appropriate clothing and protective equipment such as a riding helmet and sturdy shoes is strongly recommended!

Further information about the risks can be found on the Copyright Page.