About Conditioning And Communication...

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..

Avoid Too Much, Too Long, Too Often, Sudden, Steady Pressure

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
❌sudden pressure
❌steady 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 you end up in a push/pull contest or a nipping/biting game!

Now don't think it's the horse's fault...

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Total Immersion

Frequently asked questions concerning liberty are:

  • How do I become skilled in doing liberty training with my horse?
  • What do I need to do?
  • What is the most important thing?

Let's tell you the answer in a sec 😉...

But first let's have a look how we learn:

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Don't Wait For The Perfect Conditions

Don't wait for the perfect conditions to get STarted.

Here's an example:

🇿🇦 ST Instructor Zaneta Georgiades lives in a rural and remote area with her herd of horses...

🔥 And she often has to deal with very high temperatures ...

☀️ Plus she faces the burning South African sun on a daily basis...

But these challenging circumstances didn't witheld Zaneta from making huge progress!

Now Zaneta started with Straightness Training a few years ago.

And in this video you can hear more about her struggles, plateaus, breakthroughs and growth 📈.

Plus she tells you about her experiences with her horses on her fascinating ST journey.

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