Tölt at the same level as piaffe?

Many riders with gaited horses think they don't need to do the 'common' dressage exercises, because they practice other gaits.

But a gaited horse is just a horse, it has the same muscles and the same bones and the same asymmetry. And no horse is made to carry a rider - no matter what breed, no matter if it's a gaited horse or not - because by nature most weight is on a horse's fragile fore legs.

So all core exercises of ST are needed for any kind of (gaited) horse to help the horse transform from natural balance - the picture on the left where the horse is caryring more weight on the front legs - to artifical balance - the picture on top of the ladder, where the horse is carrying more weight on the hind legs. And this rebalancing can take place by transforming the ability from the hind legs from 'pushing' ability to also a 'carrying' ability.

Now for a clean tölt you need free shoulders and hind legs that are equally strong. That's why tölt is at the same level of piaffe.


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11 Guidelines for Laminitic Horses

laminitisWhen winter is coming to an end, the days become longer and the grass begins to grow. Then many horses in Europe return to the fields.

But not for all horses this has been a happy moment.

Although young, fresh grass appears to be a nice addition to the regular food, it also brings risks with it.

The combination of clear sun and cold nights in spring create very high sugar levels in the new grass and this can be dangerous for grazing horses and ponies.

Huge amounts of sugar can lead to the disease 'laminitis' and every year many horses get acute laminitis where the horse is severly crippled and in pain. Recovery from this disease might take months.

Therefore I made some guidelines on how to prevent this disease, how to treat a horse with laminitis and how to get back to 'work' when the horse is back on its feet:

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Tools or no tools?

Master your energy

Oftentimes people ask me: can you also do it without a whip?

The answer is: Yes, you can!

You don't need to use a whip, as you can see in the video, but I prefer to.

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What to do when your horse gets bored?

boringWhen novice riders start a new method, then - after practicing the basics a few times - they often say that 'their horse gets bored'.

Now most of the time it's a projection of their own 'boredom';

  • When a rider is only practicing the 'names' of the exercise and not really the 'essence', that might lead to loss of interest.
  • And when a rider is only concentrating on the WHAT of an exercise and not on the WHY, that might lead to a 'dull' training.
  • Boredom also comes from if you start to compare with yesterday and when you start to expect, when you stop having an open mind for all the tiny details, when you stop being just interested in what happens, or when you stop having a beginner's mind. 

So oftentimes the boredom comes from not really knowing WHY you do WHAT you do or when you lose curiosity.

Or it comes from not knowing the Bigger Picture; not knowing where you are now, what’s coming next and what you're heading for. That might make you feel aimless.

Now when you don't know why you do what you do and where to go, how would your horse know?

So never lose sight of the Bigger Picture - always start with the end goal in mind.

And never lose sight of the essence - always start with why.

Plus don't lose your investigating mind.

And remember:

  • ST has 5 training pillars: groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding and liberty
  • and in each training pillar you can practise over 20 exercises,
  • which you can all do in walk, trot and canter,
  • in collection and extension,

so many, many variants are available. It's up to you to school yourself as a true horse trainer!

And then you'll find out one day, that you cannot decide what to train: because you have too many options.... that don't fit all in one hour....  😉

Plus you'll find out that the beauty is in the basics!

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Feel free to join the free 4 part Mini Mastery Course to take the first steps on your path of becoming a real Straightness Trainer!

Get inspired by several captivating horse training examples in the ST Mini Mastery Course!

This really is worth watching - not only useful insights and tips, but also seeing the learning stages that both a less experienced and more experienced horse had to go through to achieve the desired results.

All 4 video clips are accompanied by easy to understand theory and explanations, which makes it easy to follow and the processes even more clear!

Plus the downloadable manuals are very informative, useful and helpful!

So don't miss out on it and join the course, it's 100% free: