When it comes to training horses – and also when it comes to fitness training for humans – there are two types of exercises:
1. Compound exercises
2. Isolation exercises
Already in the 18th and 19th century riding grandmasters favoured one over the other. For example, François Robichon de La Guérinière (1688–1751) and Gustav Steinbrecht (1808–1885) favoured the traditional and academical compound exercises and François Baucher (1796–1873) favoured and invented a lot of revolutionary and fancy looking isolation exercises (where his first method was rather harsch, but his milder second method is still used nowadays).
First, let’s have a look at the definition of compound and isolated exercises and then let’s address the benefits and drawbacks of each type of exercises, so we can make a conclusion at the end.
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In Straightness Training we encourage STudents to be a researcher in your own lab.
That is a metaphor we use in ST and it's about creating your own laboratory with your horses so you can experiment with the concepts, techniques and approaches you learn in ST.
It's a lab to put the theory into practice, to use the concepts, frameworks and tools and to fill in the details and to find the hidden lessons. Because we can walk the path with you, but we cannot do it for you. And it's better to not walk in the footsteps of the old grandmasters, but to search what they were searching for.
To develop the horse symmetrically in body and limbs you can use gymnastic exercises.
The core of the gymnastic exercises consists of the circle, shoulder-in and haunches-in. All the other exercises are derived from these cornerstones.
🐴 The circle is used to develop the Lateral bending of the body, the Forward down tendency of the head and neck and the Stepping under the center of mass of the inside hind leg (LFS).
🐴 Once the inside hind leg can step under, this hind leg can also start to take weight. To do so we use the shoulder-in and counter-shoulder-in. These exercises are designed to school the hind leg in function of the inside hind leg. As a result of taking the weight, the horse will bend the inside hind leg more and free the outside shoulder.
🐴 Once the horse can bend the hind leg as an inside hind leg, we can also start to school the hind leg as an outside hind leg. To do so we use first the haunches-in (travers) and later on the renvers. In the renvers the horse can lean less against the wall/fence with his shoulder, so it's a bit more difficult than the travers, but as a result he really supports himself with his hind legs.
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