Peer Claßen

Peer and Jenny are two horsemen and best-selling authors from Germany, who teach people the natural way with horses. They got interested in Natural Horsemanship independent of each other (Peer in 2000, Jenny in 2004), but for the same reason: To look for solutions and a better interaction with horses. They also ended up at the same conclusion: a deeper understanding of the horse´s mind and soul is the best way of reaching your goals. So they kept on learning about it from countless clinics, books and videos. In the beginning their Horsemanship was shaped by Pat and Linda Parelli via some of their German instructors. In 2008 Silke Valentin, one of these instructors, put on a horse-musical they both participated in. There they met and fell in love. A year later they started teaching together and haven´t stopped since.

They extended their knowledge under the influence of new sources like Mark Rashid, Karen Rohlf, the French liberty master Jean-Francois Pignon, Academic Art of Riding founder Bent Branderup and last but not least Elsa Sinclair. The German version of her movie “Taming Wild” is dubbed by Jennys voice.

Listening to what horses have to say is one of Peer and Jenny´s biggest concerns. In their clinics and books they help people to better understand the horse and at the same time be more aware of one´s own behavior. They show their students in what ways they can work on themselves in order to develop a much more subtle and refined way of communicating. Both horses and humans greatly appreciate this kind of interaction, no matter what discipline or style of riding they prefer. 

Their approach is best described by a quote from the Australian horseman Ian Francis: “If you work on a horse, that horse gets better. If you work on yourself, every horse gets better.“

Peer Claßen

Peer's 2021 Presentations

Giving Horses a Voice -

Horses constantly try to talk to their humans. Unfortunately they are often misunderstood or not even heard at all. Considering the horses´ effort to communicate with us, that is very sad and makes a mutual understanding rather difficult. In this video, we take a closer look at how we can translate the horses' words. Giving horses the voice they deserve is easier than you might think. It starts by giving them a simple choice of two words: “Yes” and “No”. Over time that will develop into more words, whole sentences and beautiful stories. Enjoy our important insights on this exciting topic.

Lasting Motivation for Your Horse  -

Most motivational techniques are about quick fixes. Focusing on short-term success is natural for both humans and horses, and even though this can be helpful, effective or even necessary, the effect often wears off quickly. If you combine these techniques with some very important long-term principals, however, you will be rewarded with a long-lasting willing cooperation between you and your horse. Learn about what some of these long- and short-term concepts are and discover THE question that is at the center of every motivational training!

Learning from Crisis -

The Corona crisis has turned the whole world upside down. Many people are afraid, because one of our most valuable goods is being taken away from us: our freedom. But as far as horses are concerned, we can use this as a chance and try to better understand how they feel all the time. After all we are depriving them of their freedom constantly. Not only because we confine them, but also because we make all the decisions for them: what food they eat, when and how they are ridden and many more. Maybe the crisis can sensitize us to that fact and motivate us to give something back to our horses. How? Find some inspiration in this video.

The 101 of Equine Communication – Four Pillars to Success -

When communicating with horses we tend to almost exclusively rely on the principals of conditioning: we train horses to connect signals (cues, aids, words, sounds etc.) to actions. And even though this is an essential part of communication, it is a very limited one. In the horse-world interaction is quite a bit more complex and flexible than that, which often leaves humans confused and discouraged. But here´s the good news: In this video we will teach you that there are only four basic building blocks you really need to know about, if you want to develop a natural, flexible and effective communication between you and your horse.