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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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:
So cool to see passionate riders from various equestrian disciplines arriving in the ST Mastery Program!
And because of their background, they taught their horse, for example, the following:
- To jump into the canter with the inside leg.
- To respond with backing along the wall when they press slightly on the horse’s neck.
- To bring the hind quarters towards the trainer from the whip in the air, while the horse slightly counter bends.
- To swing the haunches back out, when they put pressure with the whip in the girth area.
But in Straightness Training we teach our horse the following:
- To jump into canter from the outside leg.
- To respond with haunches-in with slight pressure on the horse’s neck.
- To bring the hindquarters in from the whip in the air and bend around the trainer.
- To bend around the whip, when we put gentle pressure on the girth area.
Now to be clear:
There is no RIGHT way ✅, and there’s no WRONG way ⛔️... Read More..
When we practice Straightness Training (ST) exercises - for example the exercise 'forward down' - we need to avoid:
❌too much pressure
❌too long pressure
❌too often pressure
Because these kinds of pressure might trigger the following:
⛔The horse goes in the opposite direction and in a state of 'flight'.
⛔The horse goes against the pressure and gets in a state of 'fight'.
⛔The horse ignores the pressure and gets in a state of 'freeze'.
As a result we end up in a push/pull contest or a nipping/biting game!
Now don't think it's the horse's fault...