Lowering the neck forward-down

The first step of straightness training is lateral bend of the horse.

With lateral bend, we mean the bending of the body to the left or right.

By stretching short muscles and contracting long, weak muscles, the horse can bend laterally to both sides.

By stretching the outside of the body, the back muscle on that side lengthens.

A long back muscle cannot keep the head of the horse up, causing the horse to lower its head into a forward-down position.

More information can be found here: 6 Keys of Straightness Training >>


Do I Need To Give Up What I Love?

trailrideWhen people start doing Straightness Training some of the most frequently asked questions are:

  • Can I mix Straightness Training with (other types of) riding?
  • What if I do jumping/ eventing/ hacking out/ classical equitation/ western / natural horsemanship/.... is Straightness Training something I do alongside this?
  • While I build up the exercises from the ground, what do you suggest about riding my horse in the meantime?
  • Or do I need to give up what I LOVE?

Click here for the answer:

How to Mix Straightness Training with Other Types of Riding >>

Be open-minded

An open mind is a mind that is non-judging, open to new thoughts, open to new ways of doing things.

A mind that does not see obstacles but opportunities.

When you observe your horse it's important that you are open-minded.

It is not always easy to make an objective observation about your horse.

People are great at making assumptions with their horse.

To improve your ability of objective observation read the 12 Tips for Objective Observation.

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