There's a Zen story about a Buddhist monk who climbed a range of mountains 🗻🗻🗻 and was asked how he did it:
👞 He said that he did it one step at a time!
👞 And he strongly believed that the most important step was the next step.
👞 Because “If you don't step forward you will always be in the same spot!“
It's the same with mastering Straightness Training...
When we start training a horse, especially from the ground, we guide our horse's head:
- We lead our horse our horse from A to B
- Turn left
- Turn right
- We ask for forward down at a standstill
- We ask for circles on the longe line
- We teach him the laterals in hand
Now if we are not aware of certain training principles, all these situations can lead to nipping, biting, grabbing or pushing behavior in our horse.
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The following ST Mastery students have passed a Touchstone in March 2018 in the ST Evaluation Program:
When we do Straightness Training (ST) we work as follows:
- We are committed to a plan.
- But we are always flexible in our approach.
You could also perceive it like this:
ST Mastery student Lisa Schrepfer from Germany passed Liberty 1 with her gelding Arnold and with that Touchstone she passed all 5 Touchstones in Grade 1!
Lisa has some great insights to share about the Mastery and Evaluation Program, and how it has helped her on her wonderful ST journey: