Here's the STory of ST Mastery student Heleen van Tongeren-Bouman, were she tells about the touching journey she made with her horse Vlex:
"How humble can one be facing so much greatness?
In the 9 years that my horse Vlex lives with me, I have been over the moon with him.
I have done many clinic's and lessons with well known instructors with him and he always performed well.
However...... I always felt he didn't use his back properly and he has always been very flexible in his body, like a snake.
I felt like a very untalented rider as I didn't achieve the light feeling I dreamed off, couldn't control his flexible body and I was disappointed in all the force and gear I had to use. Despite of all the books I have read, all the clinic's and lessons, it didn't feel good.
Check out the STory of ST Mastery student Vivienne Day and her adorable horse Harry:
"Hi everyone, I thought that I'd share Harry and my STory and some observations and pictures from yesterday with you all (it's a bit long, oops 🙂 ).
Our story started around 8 years ago when I went to see Harry at a dealer's yard and fell in love with him. He was a lot smaller then (I could lean over his back easily from the ground) and I didn't realise quite how young he was - the dealer had a new passport which was very uninformative. To this day I don't know his actual breeding or exactly how old he is.
Since then we've been on an incredible journey.
Here's a lovely STory from ST Mastery student Hans Tzeng 曾漢斯 from Taiwan.
"Today when we did the groundwork, two kids got into the arena, playing around and asking some innocent but significant questions. I felt like I gave a mini introduction on ST to two little girls!!
Kids: What are you doing ?
Me: We are practicing, learning how to move better.
Kids: You are doing dressage, aren't you? (how do they know this word?) What are these movements for ?
Here's the STory of ST Instructor Meg Brauch, where she puts into words how she found the true art of horsemanship:
"Almost 3 years ago now I came across the world of Straightness Training. It was not by accident. I was on a quest to improve my horsemanship and find the missing links in my training.
When I found videos of Marijke de Jong working with her horses, I was blown away by the beauty, softness and connection she had with them. I knew immediately that she was the person I wanted to learn from.
I read through all the free material I could find and then promptly joined the first ST Mastery course in 2013 and I haven’t looked back.
For the next few weeks we’ll be partnering with ST Mastery students to tell the STories of their horses. This is a great group of ST practioners who made a difference for their horse and added value to the lives of their horse. And we are very thankful that they’ve volunteered to share their STories to give us hope and inspiration!
Here's the first story, the story of the horse Ripple and ST Mastery student Zaria Gaydon:
"Enough now. I’m sitting on the sofa with a mug of steaming tea and a discarded note pad beside me. On the TV there is a girl putting a bareback on a spotted mare. The mare stands quietly, her head slightly raised accepting the bareback being placed and the girth being done up. The mare is Ripple, my Princess Ripple, and the girl is me. For some saddling a horse is a task, no more than just an occurrence, something that is done before the real work begins. For me it is marvellous.