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Get Your Free Straightness Training eBook Today!

This can't miss Straightness Training guide grabs you by the hand and walks you through the dimensions of Natural Asymmetry and Straightness Training, so that you'll have a better understanding about horse training TODAY!

Free eBook

Marijke de Jong has put her research about natural asymmetry and straightness training into an easy to read and understand eBook and it reveals:

  • How to distinguish the 10 dimensions of natural asymmetry
  • A full overview of physical, mental and behavioral problems caused by natural asymmetry
  • How to overcome these problems with the 6 keys of Straightness Training
  • Which 5 longeing exercises you can use to straighten your horse from the ground
  • Which 7 work in hand exercises to prepare your horse for balanced riding
  • Which 7 riding exercises will keep your horse in happy, healthy and fit until an old age
  • And everything is accompanied with helpful conceptsideas, facts, diagrams, and illustrations

You can download it for free and you'll get access to it in different languages:

  • English
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Polish
  • Swedish

Once you clicked the 'sign up now' button below all these translations will become available!

We'd be grateful if you could let us know if you enjoyed it and if it is of any help.

Please leave a comment below, thank you!

207 thoughts on “Get Your Free Straightness Training eBook Today!


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By tabytha on 7 March 2013 at 21:32

The book is helpful i havent gotten a chance to use these techniques on my horse yet but just by reading it i cannot wait to use it!!

 

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By rhiannon ayley on 4 June 2013 at 22:49

My horsemanship teacher and I are using this technique with her horse and have found it to be extremely succesful. Thank You!

 

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By Karen on 2 August 2013 at 12:57

I really enjoyed the book and found it very helpful, thank you - I am trying to put it into practise now.

 

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By Winifred Lea on 31 October 2013 at 03:45

Hi Marijke: I really think you have something important here. Thank you for sharing this with me and the world. My mare had all of the same problems that your stallion had. I have started this training with her and expect her to improve.

 

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By Debbie Ilg on 10 March 2014 at 00:07

It was very enlightening and helpful. It really helped me to understand the importance of straightness in the horse and how to achieve it. I noticed instant changes in my horse and how she responded to my aids. Thank you so much.

Debbie Ilg

 

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By ClougherJaini on 10 March 2014 at 00:52

Thanks, Marijke, the book is really helpful, as is all the information on your website. Lots to digest and think about, and hopefully will be putting into practice soon.

 

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By Linda Ketteridge on 19 October 2015 at 14:34

Thank you Marijke. You are the only one who has identified so clearly why my young gelding is the way he is. I think he had some bad handling as a baby which has compounded his crookedness. His ears flat back on his head worried me at first and it is evident that he can become stressed and anxious too easily when longed. Because of this I have been very mindful of any longeing we have done, but now I am learning your way I am hopeful. He has always raised his head when transitioning down and looks stressed.
Finally I feel our journey is beginning on the right road. I look forward to learning more.

 

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By Debbie on 4 February 2016 at 18:43

I don't know what I did wrong but the ebook didn't download so haven't been able to read it. Help is definitely required I am a techno twit when it comes to technology!!

 

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By christine on 7 March 2013 at 21:33

Hello Marijke
I absolutely loved your ebook. Thank you for sharing the information with us. You are an excellent coach on the internet and in person I am sure.

 

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By Terry on 7 March 2013 at 21:34

I am new to training a horse. When I last had a horse (40 years ago) we just used a bridle and rode bareback without any attempts at training. I found the book interesting but at times I felt my experience does not quite catch up to the process. I will read it again and see if I understand better the second time.

 

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By kate on 7 March 2013 at 21:59

Super information, I will be trying it out soon on both the older horse and the baby.... Looks fascinating.... Will let you know how it goes!

 

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By Christina on 7 March 2013 at 23:21

Thank you for sharing your ideas. After 2 years of retirement my 23 year old gelding is getting back on track and feeling better and younger than ever before!

 

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By Wilma on 8 March 2013 at 00:56

Thanks for the information. I think it will be very useful for my off the track Standardbred who is showing lameness and stiffness issues.

 

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By Heike on 8 March 2013 at 08:31

Dear Marijke,thank you for sharing your ideas,knowing and inspiriation.This book,similar like your others is very helpful-it remembers me not to forget ,what is really important!

 

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By Anna on 8 March 2013 at 10:03

I really like the straightness training and the e-book, but I would also appreciate some tips about correcting faults.
My horse doesn't do as your horses (most likely my fault!) and I don't know how to correct it.
For instance she often overbends and fall out on the outer shoulder. When I try to correct this she looses all of her bending and we have to start all over. (I really try to keep the signals small, but she is extremely sensitiv, so every little move makes her do too much)
When I try to move her inner hind leg further in under her body, she also overbends, crosses her front legs and walk out on the circle. It's like she "floats away". I would really need an extra arm - one on each side of her ...
So - a little trouble shooting would be great for a beginner as I am.

 

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By Victoria on 8 March 2013 at 11:25

Wonderful book, I can't wait to try it with my pony, who I think will benefit greatly from the techniques you describe. Thank you so much 🙂

 

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By Judy on 8 March 2013 at 13:29

You put classical dressage in to easily understood concepts. I felt a lightbulb go off! Thankyou!

 

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By CMM on 8 March 2013 at 13:52

First class . . .

 

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By marianne kjær on 8 March 2013 at 13:53

hey your free book is good. I'm educateded horsemassage and akupressur
there is many good drawings
warm regards
marianne kjær

 

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By clare sims on 8 March 2013 at 14:00

Thank you for sharing your valuable advice. Your webinar and the e book are wonderful. It is good to appreciate the purpose of the exercises and not have to aspire to Grand Prix level competition to do them.

You have a great way of explaining things.
Love your training methods.

 

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By Ilse Aarup on 8 March 2013 at 14:46

Dear Marijke!
I heard about you when I visited Hanna Engstroms Website about a year ago and I am familiar with the academic art of riding. I have read your e-book with great pleasure and your way of communicateingis is very inspiring and gives me good points in training my horse, who has a lot of inbalances. He was operated a year ago for OCD in the stiffle joint. I think that the operation was succesfull, but he still has many inbalances in skeleton and muscles.
Your way of presenting this training method gives hope for succes. It has been a long way with so many doubts.
I like your website very much and your holistic way og expressing things. Thank you! Ilse Aarup, Bornholm, Denmark

 

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By paola on 8 March 2013 at 19:01

Your e-book is really interesting. I care my old horse (27)in a similar way and I'll try to apply your suggestions.
like your website too!

 

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By UNTRESOR on 8 March 2013 at 20:08

Thank for sharing your e-book ! very interesting but I must read it again for good understanding ! My english is not so good 🙂
Frédérique from Alsace in France

 

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By Sonja Gustavsson on 8 March 2013 at 20:18

I believe this is very important. I am not riding so much but i think it is important to know about what you are explaining. I am learning how to communicate with (island)horses on ground, I am learing from Carolyn Resnick. I am riding for a trainer that trains Central Riding (Sally Swift thinking) and it is all good.
You have also a lot to give, thank you.
Best regards
Sonja

 

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By lena on 8 March 2013 at 20:48

I am raising anglo-arabians in the south of France.
Since I can not ride anymore, breaking the horses by other persons is a real problem: too fast, too violent and without any regard for the horse. I often have to work them very longtimes at foot, to get them happy and trustfull again. So the work you propose suits me.
Thank you

 

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By Mary on 9 March 2013 at 02:14

I found your e-book to be very informative. I have an 8yo unbroken Warmblood stallion that l am applying these techneques to and it is working beautifully. This horse suffered a severe back/neck injury as a 15mth old and has never learned to release his back. he could not canter,but only walk, trot and galloped. Everything was very fast and on the forehand. He can now travel in a long low outline in a slow cadenced trot on a circle. He has been a very high headed nervous horse, now he is much calmer and can hear what l am asking. Thankyou Maryke l can now see a calm and freindly future for this horse.

 

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By Brenda Aloff on 9 March 2013 at 03:09

Dearest Marijke, I loved the e-book. It was so informative that I decided to participate in the online Straightness Training course.
It is super! I have learned much and it has really made the classical texts come to life for me. My horses thank you, too!

 

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By Catharine Kintoff on 9 March 2013 at 20:23

thank you so much for this, Marika! It helped me immensely...I will comment further later, gtg...blessings to you!!

 

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By Lorraine Sanderson on 9 March 2013 at 22:00

Very helpful. Clear easy to understand and simple to follow. Tips on how to make what seems hard or advanced monuvours a lot simpler. What a great idea and thanks for sharing this great information for free.

 

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By Lena Pellving on 10 March 2013 at 08:32

I like the e-book. Great information and easy to understand. How to see asymetri and what difficulties it became in the riding helps me a lot. Thanks for taking your time to teach us.

 

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By Lis on 10 March 2013 at 14:30

Hi Marijke.
Thank you very much for letting me download and read your e-book.
What you write is very true, my relationship with my horses has grown a lot better after I discovered how huge influence my mental attitude has on how I train and am together with them.
I knew most of what you point out already; but it is always a good thing to get reminded from time to time.
Kind regards from Lis

 

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By Philippa Ellis on 10 March 2013 at 16:53

Loved your book.....I've read it twice now and found it very helpful, alot of ideas for my Arab, who can have straight issues.
Thank you for making this valuable advice free.

 

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By Charlotte on 12 March 2013 at 08:41

Dear MArijke, thank you for the e-book. I think it´s a great help. At the moment i am studying the great grandmasters. I read at the moment the book of Andrade. It´s really interesting but sometimes I wish I had a riding teacher near me to discuss and to learn. But I think never stop reading and learning. And I think your homepage is the only one that provides such a lot of information, pictures and videos. Especially also for people who are not familiar with this classical approach to dressage and horsemanship. So thank´s a lot!!!

 

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By Tertia on 12 March 2013 at 09:13

Dear Marijke, I'm loving your ebook! Thank you for sharing. I'm looking forward to seeing the change it's going to make and I'd love to do your full course at some point. Maybe get to meet you someday... Would you consider coming over to South Africa and do some workshops here?

Kind regards,
Tertia

PS. Your facebook messages are such an inspiration! Always seems to come in just at the right time 😉

 

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By Madeleine on 17 March 2013 at 20:29

Thank you for a very informative and interesting book, thank you for sharing

 

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By Rhainnekiernan on 19 March 2013 at 07:33

I found your information to be clear and concise. My horse definitely is asymmetrical so I look forward to working with him using your training tools. Thank you.

 

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By barbara bowers on 19 March 2013 at 20:08

I have only read a few pages and am a novis rider but try to take onbored all advise I can get.My horse and myself are both learning,but I am looking forward to reading all the information I have yet to read,thanks

 

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By HEATHER on 20 March 2013 at 11:31

I loved the book,I read a couple of pages and then try out the excercise.
My son is doing his book report on it for school.

 

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By Anne de Renouard on 24 March 2013 at 21:27

Thank you for the E book, It´s been very interesting reading it, i´m sure the methods can have a very positive effect on the horse.

 

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By PJ on 26 March 2013 at 17:04

I wish I would have had this book when I owned my first horse. This will definitely help me for the next one I buy.

 

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By Margherita on 2 April 2013 at 10:17

Grazie per aver condiviso la tua grande esperienza.
Il tuo libro è utilissimo.

 

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By Jeannette on 2 April 2013 at 22:33

I have printed the book but haven't had time to read it yet, I am sure I will learn lot from your book and thank you for sharing and the idea it was free not to many people give away secrets. I will get back to you once I read your book and thanks again J.

 

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By Andrea Weiß on 5 April 2013 at 00:49

Hello!
Your book is great and help me, to work with my horse!
Thank you!
Regards from Germany
Andrea

 

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By Shannon on 25 April 2013 at 03:42

Love it!
Thanks, Shannon from Canada

 

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By Ginger Kennell on 30 April 2013 at 01:47

After 18 years of dedicated study in natural horsemanship, it's all starting to make sense. I now have a much greater appreciation for the horse's complex system of needs that lead to behavior issues; this includes imbalances in the physical body! This information confirmed thoughts I have had for a long time but did not have the language for. I'm putting all my horses on this program. Thanks so much! Ginger

 

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By Laura Nash on 5 May 2013 at 15:16

Very interesting book. My (classical) instructress has me doing very similar work in hand with my horse at the moment to straighten him, but this book explains much more of the background and the reason for doing this work.

 

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By sharon on 19 May 2013 at 09:57

Very interesting and needs to be read a few time to take it in. Have to get my horse back in work to apply it all.

 

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By Veronica on 27 June 2013 at 16:49

Great book thank you! Its working. 🙂

 

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By Anne Smith on 11 July 2013 at 17:41

After attending the training weekend in June, I am now using the information to help my 23 year old cob, he and I are putting it in to practice now and progressing well, the book is excellent.

 

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By dania on 22 July 2013 at 14:38

hhi Marijke! thx for sharing your knowledge of natural horsemanship on your e-book. im sure it'll be very helpful! and your writing and your videos really inspiring me to do activities with the horses. Love it!! and once again, thank you so much <<3

 

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By Antonio on 24 July 2013 at 03:14

Dear Marijke,

I'm no professional but I like to keep improving the techniques of riding and training horses, and his book is very useful for me. Thank you very much,
Antonio.

 

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By Yolande on 28 July 2013 at 10:20

I tried to download the straightness training ebook but it did not work and on 2 nd try the system responded by stating that i am already suscribed. How do i go about now to receive the ebook? I so much want to study it. Yolande

 

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By Ria Johanna Waran on 30 July 2013 at 07:46

hi,
Thank you so much, I am using your suggestions for both my horses and they are already happier.
So I keep on working with them
I really enjoyed your free ebook
Thank you again

 

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By Samantha Martel on 5 August 2013 at 17:06

Thank you so much for your wonderful book and this training method - along with the materials from Bent Banderup. I am using these methods in the training of our new Lipizzaner mare, Tucsok - she is 12 but has had no training whatsoever since leaving Piber 8 years ago! She is very polite on the ground and very cooperative and willing - she tries very hard and I plan on taking my time with her and teaching her in this compassionate and physically correct method. I would very much like to take your on line course, and plan to do so as soon as it becomes financially possible for me to.

Very best wishes and thanks
Samantha (Sami) Martel

 

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By Alina on 8 August 2013 at 02:05

The book is good! Especially for the beginners towards a natural horsemanship.

 

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By Tracy on 14 August 2013 at 19:15

Thank you for the info...not many are willing to share insightfulness and techniques for free. I am looking forward to using these methods on my horses. Thanks again!

 

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By Anita on 18 August 2013 at 10:53

Loved the ebook, simple easy explanations. I already knew the exercises but now I know why we do them and how important they are

 

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By Valerie on 21 August 2013 at 05:23

The book has some amazing information. I have been trying the exercises on my 12 year old TB mare. She was given to by a friend as a project. From the reading, I can understand why she has difficultly with many things - she is very unbalanced. I hope I can follow the exercises well enough so I can create the change in her so she can be a happy mover. Are you doing a clinic any time in the near future in the New York City area?

 

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By Jori SpiritHorse (Savolainen) on 21 August 2013 at 06:01

My respect Marijke!
It is a great pleasure for me to have a connection with you.Your method and a way of thinking is near mine way of life and i can learn much about your "touch" it is same for a human like horse.my english is not very good but i try my best, i have also the theater of awareness to study person and problems.i hope some day i could visit to learn yous lessons and clinic it would be a great pleasure for me.Noora is a very good friend of mine.
Have a good dancing, best wishes
Sincerely Jori SH

 

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By Anthea on 26 August 2013 at 15:25

I found this e-book quite fascinating, and one phrase pleased me enormously : You do not have to be an experienced rider (!) I would be very interested in learning more about this method of training for my young horse. I have another older horse, and up to the last year or two have just been a happy hacker, but now I am starting to learn properly. Many thanks

 

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By sarpartap singh on 28 August 2013 at 11:11

A very interesting book a must read for all those working with horses and their training

 

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By Claire Else on 29 August 2013 at 10:55

I am a happy hacker and own two horses. My old (21yr) TB/ID cross has some problems these days with his hips. I have started the straightness training with him to keep him moving without my weight. I am also using the e-book with my 4yr Fell Pony to help build her up to carry my weight and learn some of the moves needed for riding on roads. Whilst I like the ideas suggested in it, it doesn't really tell me how to complete some of the 'work in hand', but I suppose I would need to go on the course for that.

 

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By Kelly on 14 September 2013 at 22:53

I was so impressed by the information in the ebook as well as the videos on youtube, that I purchased the home study course. I only have 2 days of work in hand on my two horses, but they have taken to it quickly. I am really hoping this helps my horses with balance, development of their topline, and ease in carrying the rider.

 

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By Melissa Geyser on 5 September 2015 at 19:16

Hi, thank you very much!! I'm still building on my ring and arena so I'm reading so long! Its great thank you!!!

 

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By Dee on 17 September 2013 at 01:00

Thankyou so much for giving up your time to share with us your knowledge for free. My young horse recently sustained a hind quarter muscle injury from a car accident and I feel your ebook will be of enormous benefit to him in his rehabilitation.
Its clear, concise and I really enjoyed reading it.

 

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By Stevie on 26 September 2013 at 21:51

Brilliant, not really sure how I achieved anything without this knowledge. I am trying to put things into practice, it's a huge learning curve for me at my age, but so great to do something good for my pony, thank you, would like to do the on-line course early next year :))

 

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By Nickie on 27 September 2013 at 00:08

The e-book is a very resourceful tool for me, as I have to wonderful mares in training.

I appreciate how wise your tips are as they're clear, meaningful, logical and simple.

Personally, great riders like you, who are so much passionate that they're generous enough to share their knowledge with the community without asking anything else in return, own much more my respect than renowned masters who became so popular that it now all looks like a business affair to me, and not a passion anymore.

Thank you for sharing your great knowledge with us.

 

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By luiz on 1 October 2013 at 02:04

Thanks Marijke

I am already trying to apply these techniques in my horses

 

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By Sally on 20 October 2013 at 19:14

Thank you for the ebook. It was very interesting and informative.

 

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By Chiara on 24 October 2013 at 14:45

Ciao Marijke,
I'm a voracious reader of anything horse related. Unfortunately here in Italy is still pretty hard to find useful resources and even more such eye opening inputs like yours.

So thanks a lot for sharing this 🙂

 

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By Allana Kereluk on 27 October 2013 at 02:12

Thank you so much for generously sharing your e-book! Right now I'm only reading and absorbing, as my horse is off for 3 months with a flexor tendon injury, but I can see now how proper balance will help to keep him sound once we start back to work in January. Also - the straightness training will be a very good place to start, once we are back to work - will keep you posted!!

 

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By Luca on 29 October 2013 at 07:08

After reading the e-book I have immediately joined the Home Study Course to study in deep yours suggestions and so I would recommend to everybody.
The subject is so clearly explained and the method well organized.
Thanks for your so important help.

 

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By Rebekah on 1 November 2013 at 20:54

Thank-you so very much for creating online writen education, videos, illustrations, webinars, and training study courses. The horses I have worked with appreciate you as well! I have seen an awareness in these horses eyes following quicker responses. They undertand the concepts asked and are happier doing the work with less boredum since I have incorcorporated the exercises you have made avalable. I look forward to furturing my knowlege and understanding with any continuing education you have to offer.

 

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By Kirsten Oxenbøll on 4 November 2013 at 11:14

Dear Marijke.

Thanks a lot for you to share your knowledge with us.

I am in the process of using your e-book and it is fantastic.

My horse is getting stronger and stronger and corrected. He has long made ​​strange movements with his mouth and his jaw. It has disappeared, only because of straigtness training. I will continue to use your learning theories, because I can see they are healthy for my horse and especially when I want to ride on him 🙂

I will keep an eye on what you come up with new input and hope you will continue your good work.

With great thanks and good wishes for the future.

Kirsten
Denmark.

 

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By Isabel Långström on 6 November 2013 at 16:58

Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. I have a wonderful islandic horse. The problem is me. So I read and then I go out trying to make it easy for her to understand me. We have started a long journey, but I am in no hurry.
I will be happy to follow you videos and learn a lot more.
Thank you!
Isabel
Sweden

 

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By Louise Caron on 11 November 2013 at 02:53

I studied your e-book with great pleasure.I had never worked in-hands with my horses before,but now I understand why this kind of work is so important.
I have already began this week,with my 2 horses .My technic is not yet very good but with your mini mastery
course I can see you working and this is helpful for me.
Thank you for sharing your knowlege.

 

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By Amanda on 11 November 2013 at 22:52

Hello Marijke,

I just wanted to say that after trying countless methods of encouraging my mare to work with me, not for me, I think I may have found the solution. Everything you describe about an imbalanced horse fits her like a glove. Although I knew her lack of willingness was due in part to my riding, I was also painfully aware that it was also due to her being severely imbalanced. Regardless of how hard I tried, I could never find a system or trainer that gave such an easy to follow program. I look forward to starting again with my mare, and correcting the faults that my lack of experience caused. I also look forward to using this system with her foal, and any future horses that I may have. Thank you!

Amanda Wenner
Wenner Equine
Nebraska, USA

 

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By Eva Gavin Valls on 12 November 2013 at 21:44

I'm a fan of you and your work. I'm very interested in know and learn much about my horse and me. Thanks a lot.
I'll go to read your work. Thanks.

 

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By Abigail Brenda on 17 November 2013 at 00:20

Excelente conteúdo ^^ é maravilhoso e excelente, pude entender os exercícios de forma bem precisa. Conforme a leitura percebi paixão de sua parte para com os cavalos, e isso me incentivou mais a tentar me comunicar melhor com os cavalos e consequentemente minha relação com as pessoas está melhor, acredito que toda pessoa tem seu potencial e que deve ser despertado, assim como nos cavalos. Quero muito poder trabalhar com cavalos, sou estudante de psicologia e tenho interesses em trabalhar com cavalos.
Sucesso!!

 

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By daisy on 26 November 2013 at 03:15

i thoroughly enjoy all of your videos and the ebook. i recently bought a 10year old haflinger who is proving quite the challenge. i have had him only 2 months but is having some behavior work done and should come home in about a month and i am looking forward to working with him and the straightness training. what you do on the ground with the cavesson from beginning to upper level work is amazing. i wish i could clinic with you in person but am sorry that is not possible for me. thank you again, daisy

 

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By Anna-Karin Hägglund on 29 November 2013 at 12:35

Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I find it very interesting. I haven´t tried any yet. I am just reading, listening and learning. I can see the benefits with this training and would like to learn more!

Anna-Karin

 

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By Uschi Klein on 9 December 2013 at 12:42

It's the best instruction I've ever had and my horse is very happy with it! Thanks for all your work!!! Uschi

 

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By Carolyn on 30 December 2013 at 15:03

I found the book very helpful. Most of us struggle with our horses being crooked or unbalanced at the lower levels of DRESSAGE training, but as a new Dressage rider, the tips and training techniques in the book, gave me some very helpful explainations and I will use them with my horse and have my coach read the book too!

Thank you very much 🙂

 

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By Bridget Gronow on 2 January 2014 at 20:00

Thank you for the ebook, I have found it very helpful and have forward it to friends that work on their own

most of the time.

 

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By Alison on 2 January 2014 at 20:49

Many thanks for you ebook. I would like to know where I can get some practical help in doing these exercises as I don,t know how to correct my horse when he can't understand what I'm asking.

 

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By Theresa on 6 January 2014 at 02:36

Thank u for this much-needed and clever training that actually works. Together with the technique that works the horse correctly. It changes the way I used to ride and train.
Thank u for sharing such knowledge

 

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By Julie on 8 January 2014 at 06:55

Thanks so much for this information. I did very similar work, albeit limited, with Manolo Mendez a few years ago with another horse, but did not understand the principles behind it. Now I know and understand the "why" of it all. I am applying these priciples to my 2 youngsters and we are going great. Looking forward to the time we can ride with the right approach and training under our belts.

 

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By Maya on 9 January 2014 at 21:34

Hi Marijke
Even after reading and learning from few of the best modern times horsemen/women I somehow missed out on this essential part of training and knowledge. Sort of 'the missing manual'....
Thanks Marijke for reviving true horsemanship!

 

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By Monica C. Arruda on 12 January 2014 at 16:49

Marijke,
After more than 40 years working with exactly what you are explaining, but anonimously, I think that your work will reinforce the compreehension of a new generation of riders,(specially brasilians), to be more attentive about horses understanding and having physical capacity to do what their rider is asking... I have been "curing bad mannered horses" and teaching these concepts, which unfortunately, here in Brazil, require much time and work for horsemen in general to believe, and exercise their own discipline and patience...I am glad for your contribution with the book, which will certainly help many people.I translate "horse books" from english to portuguese,so maybe you might have an interest in me doing so, for your book. As I am a riding teacher/trainer and technical translator, I have knowledge of technical terms of classical riding in portuguese. Contact me if interested!

 

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By Katherine on 14 January 2014 at 01:33

Thank you, Marijke, for your excellent e-book. It has helped explain some of the mechanics of movement in such a way that now I understand them better. Sometimes it helps to get a different perspective in order to clarify the principles. Much appreciated. Explaining these ideas to the horse in a way they understand and enjoy is certainly preferable to many other ways of training. Best Wishes, Katherine

 

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By Julia on 15 January 2014 at 11:12

Thank you very much for your ebook. I found it very helpful, clear and informative.

Regards from Lithuania.

 

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By Ilaria on 17 January 2014 at 10:23

A very special tool for everyone who wish to be a good horse owner and rider! It's fantastic that you chose to share it with us. Thank you!!!

 

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By Pamela on 17 January 2014 at 18:44

excellent book. I haven't tried anything from it yet as have had an operation so out of use at the moment

 

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By Chris on 19 January 2014 at 22:17

Fantastic information easy to follow .so excited to have a plan to try help my little horse through some of his life long issues .never stop trying to solve some of what goes on with him .

 

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By Wendy Festing on 19 January 2014 at 23:03

I've read through the book quickly once and am looking forward to delving into it again. My yearling Andalusian will begin his groundwork in April and I'm welcoming all the information I can get. Thank you for the e-book.

 

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By Melissa Turner on 20 January 2014 at 04:26

I have read the e-book and it is great. It is fantastic for my horses. Thankyou for sharing it with us all.
Melissa

 

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By Eva Olén on 23 January 2014 at 19:00

Thank you for a very good book!

My ten year old horse got a muscleinjury for two months ago and now I´ve traind him at walk in a cirkle for ten days and he´s getting better.:)

My plan is to train us from start in ST.
I´m also following Straightness Training on facebook in Sweden. //Eva

 

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By Rachel on 25 January 2014 at 09:59

Marijke, thank you for your generous e book which is wonderfully helpful in the straightening of a 12yr.old Anglo Arab with high head and extreme in hand anxieties from previous handlers. All the best! Rachel

 

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By Lucy on 28 January 2014 at 12:52

Hi Marijke - I've downloaded the e-book, read it and found it very helpful.

I've since joined the Facebook page for UK "trainees" and I'm looking forward to starting work with Rebecca 🙂

 

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By Jenny Horstman on 1 February 2014 at 12:20

The book is helpful I haven't gotten a chance to use these techniques yet but I look forward to spring so I can to use it!!

 

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By Crissea Grovenor on 4 February 2014 at 14:23

This e-book gives an excellent outline of Straightness Training. It presents the material
with concise drawings and the explanations are very clear. It also provides some initial exercises.

 

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By Leandri on 7 February 2014 at 10:07

Loved reading your e-book. I have been doing straightness training with my horses for a while. I got taught by someone that learnt your methods and then your website was recommended. I have done straightness training before for the first time riding my young gelding. It all went smoothly and he is such a lovely relaxed young man! Thanks for the insights and inspiration!

 

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By Ruth on 11 February 2014 at 21:07

Very helpful eBook. Thank you for taking the time to write it and make it available 🙂

 

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By Pat Lamperta on 12 February 2014 at 02:48

Great Artical ! Often tense horse are crooked this Artical gives good insight into this . Anything to help your horse is worth reading 🙂

 

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By Valerie on 18 February 2014 at 15:52

Lots of useful and effective tips to help me relax my young Conemarra who is going through a rebellious phase at the moment, this will really help!

 

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By Viktorija on 19 February 2014 at 11:20

Hello Marijke,

I really enjoyed the book and found it very helpful. Thank you very much. I am trying to put it into practise now.

 

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By Debbie on 21 February 2014 at 17:41

Great e-book. A lot of information and a source that I can keep going back to.

 

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By Beate Sissener on 28 February 2014 at 17:40

Thank you for a useful intro to this training technique. We use academic riding and NH techniques in our ridingschool. Straightness training is a great addition to our "toolbox" to get our pupils ride and treat our horses with a soft feel.

 

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By sally dowsett on 3 March 2014 at 21:36

Thank you for the e-book which I found very interesting. It is uncomplicated to read and I very much appreciated the section on all the assymmetries in the horse and that alone, has helped to make some things much clearer. It has inspired me to keep going with my straightness training, even though it is (for me anyway) a slow and painstaking procedure. I am convinced it is the way forward for my horse as the "other" ways have just compounded his issues. I am about to start learning the exercises and then aim to teach them to Bruno. Wish me luck. Thank you Maryke

 

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By Chiheb on 4 March 2014 at 10:31

Thanks for sharing your knowldge. I really enjoyed the book

 

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By claudia on 4 March 2014 at 17:57

Muy bueno, interesante y conciso. Excelente trabajo. Muchas gracias!

 

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By Fabrizio on 4 March 2014 at 21:18

Very interesting, helpful and comprehensive. I'm glad to have it downloaded. Thank you

 

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By Jessica on 4 March 2014 at 21:46

This eBook is very interesting, and the concepts make a lot of sense. Thanks!

 

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By Tina Kamper on 5 March 2014 at 08:05

Dear Marijke

Based on your free book and the videos on Youtube, I attended the Home Study Course and after just one week of training my horse has progressed some and tells me that I am on the right track since all his resistance to training has disappeared.

He has had a bad tendon injury and for that reason he has only been ridden a couple of months at his present age of 8.

I plan to attend your mastery course when the next class starts after summer.

Thank you from Denmark :-D.

Regards, Tina

 

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By Nan on 5 March 2014 at 22:57

Thank you….I am finding the book very helpful for both my students & myself. An excellent resource 🙂

 

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By Bente Lis Dietrich on 7 March 2014 at 11:50

Hi Marijke!
I am very fond og your e- books. And i am allredy working intensively with the streightness training. I am working together with one of your matrery students here in Denmark. the Work has allredy had a great impact on my horse both in our relationship and on the way I can diagnose the problems I have in my riding. The Streigtness training is a whole new discovery and understanding of how we best work together. I will join the homestudy Group soon. Love Bente

 

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By Sherry Z on 10 March 2014 at 14:20

This is a great book. Such a wonderful resource. I love practicing these excercises with my horse and he is really enjoying it also. He is moving better than ever and the bond between us has grows each time we work together. Thanks Marijke.

 

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By Anne on 11 March 2014 at 14:23

it definitely refreshes my memories and I think it is always good to be reminded on the basics. if somebody would expect more beyond this, will be a bit disappointed. through modern media it will serve and find it's customers.

 

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By Jennie on 20 March 2014 at 09:52

We've started on the first steps, head down and forward and side to side, got a long way to go as my mare is very stiff in her left side and finds bending to the right very difficult, but I do feel that this is going to help enormously, and I love the gentle approach.

 

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By Lisa on 13 May 2014 at 02:12

I am finding the ebook very helpful. I think the exercises are really helping my mares strength and coordination. Thanks Marijke

 

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By Maarit on 13 May 2014 at 16:10

Great book! I first discovered that book at the Ekeskogs farm in Gotland where i spent a week working and studying the concept of Academic Art of Riding.
I also wanted to introduce the idea and your instructions to my friends in Finland where i live. I´m definately looking forward to get more material and learn from tour tips.

 

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By kathy aronson on 23 May 2014 at 16:45

thank you for the e book - it is very clear and a good summary. I have bought the first ST course and have found someone to help me get started with it. So sorry to have missed Carola Beekman 's clinic here in South Africa- but looking forward to the next one.

 

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By Marita Vikner on 1 June 2014 at 12:23

The ebook is very helpful. My 20 year old gelding has become much more straight and after a few months tranining he wants to hang out with me all the time. Not only his body has changed but also his mind 🙂

Thanks Marijke

 

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By kate Park on 9 June 2014 at 18:34

I've downloaded the e-book and read on the spot right away. It is really helpful and I've recommended to my friends. Now I've got to connect the dots finally why we train our horses with dressage movements. I've got the whole picture of the basics of training horses. I realize it is so important to know the asymmetry of horses and how we can train and help our horses. For the first few days I've been glued to my computer reading and watching ST training materials my butts ached! I'm really excited to practice and learn by doing it. My training cavesson is yet to arrive and I can't wait! Thank you Marijke.

 

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By Wendy Ward on 11 June 2014 at 19:51

Thankyou very much enjoyed reading your ebook and have contacted Rebecca Gilbert to see if I can go and watch a clinic to help me decide whether it's right for me and my horse. Thankyou.

 

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By Caryl Richardson on 17 June 2014 at 18:35

Love the ebook. I've been aware of crookedness in horses (and in us!) for quite some time. Your materials make a complex and seemingly mysterious topic simple and understandable. I'm working on LFS with my 5 year old mare and loving it. I look forward to learning more. Thank you for making this information available.

Caryl

 

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By kamilla on 20 June 2014 at 20:24

Really good. And structured really nice and simple. Thanks for sharing for free! If I had the money I would start the academy and instructor program. But having your own horse is just expensive ! Grettings from Denmark.

 

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By Jin on 23 June 2014 at 03:38

Great and thank you for making it available free. Helped with my own horses and is helping with my understanding and work with my clients horses.

 

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By Alexis Duffin on 23 June 2014 at 11:17

Dear Marijke,

thank you so much for your introduction to 'Straightness Training' a gift from the Heavens you are x x x x x

I am discovering how to be a better rider, trainer and the understanding of my Horse, his body and his mind. Through this understanding together our relationship becomes richer and ever closer.

It is a journey that opens my mind and pushes my learning into a space of feeling and mystical wisdom of the Horse. Straightness training is a true gift, for my horse was unhappy and now we are building our happyness together.

Gratitude and relief, and many thanks for making your work available to all of us. Thank you for delivering your wisdom and skills to us in a way that we can take and work with our horses in a kind and gentle manner at our own speed, with plenty of forward motion that keeps us enthusiastic.

So pleased to see progress in my Horse, in the three weeks that we have been doing your training. Thank you for giving horses the opportunity to understand humans.

Again many thanks Marijke

 

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By Werner on 5 July 2014 at 11:06

Thanx for shearing love it

 

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By debbie wise on 5 July 2014 at 23:36

I thought your book was really informative, one to make people think more about what is going on beneath the saddle. very good

 

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By Katariina on 15 July 2014 at 18:30

In my opinion your book was very interesting and I´d like to learn more about straightness training. I have been doing your training with my young finnhorse gelding and he thinks that this is great training :-). Sorry my english and summergreetings from Finland!

 

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By Ardre on 16 July 2014 at 13:59

thank you for making your book available free. So much knowledge and simply explained - now the trick is to do it little by little. Have already started with my mare and she is lowering her head very well, next we will try a small circle in the arena. Thank you so much for the inspiration.
Ardre

 

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By Becky Gibbs on 18 July 2014 at 09:15

I am still enjoying the book, especially as I am starting off my homebred filly. Thank you so much for making it freely available. I am sure horses all over the world are grateful, too!

 

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By Ina Ish on 27 July 2014 at 14:31

Am still reading the book, it is wonderful I have printed it out and have given it to two young ladies with whom I will be working- I think it is very important to get the basics correct, and your book shows how. Thank you.

 

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By Ellen on 27 July 2014 at 00:48

Thank you so much. The sequencing is particularly useful. I have 6 horses to start this year so I woll be using it extensively as a reference.

 

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By Christine Sudul on 29 July 2014 at 10:18

I've got three horses that I have started work with from reading the book. All three are different and it is really interesting how they all have improved with their posture. I thought the explanations of the natural asymmetry were very informing. The book has left me wanting more information.

 

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By charley james on 29 July 2014 at 12:32

thank you Marijke,been following you for a couple of years now,just bought a new mare and a new laptop, so thought i would re-download! I find your advice and lectures really usefull,and enjoy your videos.Am so jealous of your Working Equitation experiance on that lovely Lusitano..what a dream horse! Hope to help my mare to reach that sort of level one day.Keep up your good work,you are very popular here in UK..regards..Charley

 

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By Larochelle on 5 August 2014 at 07:26

Thank you for giving riders/ horse owners the opportunity to make use of this training technique. I have been doing some of the things especially on the lunge and have seen an improvement. I tried leading her by walking next to her in the arena and that didnt go so well as she normally walks behind me when I lead her, so will definitely work on that a lot more! I do find however that I am scared of doing new things without having someone there that knows the technique, so I am trying to find someone to maybe have lessons from or come do a short "crash course" type clinic. Thanks again for the help and the interest. Regards, Larochelle

 

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By alice moon-fanelli on 6 August 2014 at 15:09

Dear Marijke, I downloaded your ebook several months ago but lost it from my files. When I try to download again, I am told I've already downloaded it. Hmm. May I have permission to download again? I train with Meg Brauch who recently attended your Mastery Level training session. My horse and I are really enjoying our introduction to straightness training.

 

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By Melanie on 7 August 2014 at 17:01

I certainly liked your ebook, I would like to know more though about the very beginning process of working in-hand with a youngster. I have recently purchased a just-backed 4 year old part arab. I do some in-hand work from the side with her just at a walk but she sometimes plants her feet and I'm not sure how to encourage her to move forward. I have been using in-hand work to keep my oldie 27 pure-bred arab supple and strong and he is still going strong and rides-out like a 7 year old. I love watching your videos too.

Many thanks for sharing your knowledge

Melanie

 

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By Phillipa McAuley on 9 August 2014 at 17:35

Although I own a horse and help my rider daughter look after 5 others, the training aspect is relatively new to me. I investigated the straightness training on the advice of my hoof trimmer because of possible navicular issues developing with my mare, who had prior to coming to us, suffered suspensory ligament injuries. I found the ebook very helpful and informative and easy to follow. Of course, the book is only the beginning!

 

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By sue anderson on 14 August 2014 at 20:23

I have just started straightness training with my 6yr old welsh D who when trying to back presented at times panicky and nervous, i am enthralled with this groundwork training and will now concentrate on this until the time is right to continue backing him. this e book is fantastic, clear and concise and easily explained. thank you this will be my bible for now.
so far he is taking this training like a duck to water. am well chuffed

 

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By Sharon Tarockoff on 16 August 2014 at 02:58

Excellent info! I can't wait to get to work - with my mare!

 

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By Jo McCabe on 19 August 2014 at 12:39

I am still reading the e-book but am already putting into practice some of the methods in there.
We always get marked down in dressage (or stressage as we know it) for not being straight i.e. head tilt - poll left, nose right, and my boy seemingly unable to stretch down in the free walk, so am hoping straightness training will help us up those marks 🙂

 

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By Samantha on 20 August 2014 at 22:25

Thank you very much. Looking forward to putting it to practice.

 

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By BARBARA COOKE on 22 August 2014 at 02:22

A wonderful book for any horse owner or rider. This book brought home to me the value of straightening exercises, and how any horse can benefit from them. Wonderful timing for my two home-bred Holsteiner horses which I am just starting. Thank you so much, Marijke!

 

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By Stephen Woodard on 25 August 2014 at 22:04

Thank you. I did down load your e-book read it. I found it easy to read and outline, which I look over every day. I 'll try to keep the inspiration you have given me fresh and renewed. Thanks again. Stephen.

 

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By Clare on 23 September 2014 at 23:30

A useful resource, thank you Marijke for making it available. I will refer to it while trying to improve my new horse's posture and movement.

 

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By Gaile on 29 September 2014 at 14:00

Hi Marijke, I have gained a great insight from reading the e-book and watching your videos and am now very excited about attending the clinic in October. I have a 20 year old Arab - we will both benefit from ST. We already have a great bond and have done some Parelli in the past, however, i can see clearly how unbalanced he is after losing a lot of weight and being out of work for some time, that and his past conditioning to run, from a past life in endurance overseas. Really looking forward to getting stuck in!

 

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By Joyce Reed on 30 September 2014 at 18:34

Embarrassed to say I have not opened it yet, but thank you for reminding me to do so.

 

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By GOEMANS on 1 October 2014 at 18:17

Hi,
sorry to answer Your request so lately.
I wanted to translate it and lost some time.
I am still learning Western riding but find Your book very interesting.
I thank You for having made it available free.
Best regards.
Pol

 

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By Mary Ann on 11 October 2014 at 14:41

Hi, I have two aged Arabians with health issues. I recently had an equine osteotherapist perform treatments to both horses and her findings were that I should retire my 17-year-old gelding and only work him from the ground, no more riding. My 23 year-old mare is still rideable. I want to keep them both flexible and happy in their retirement. I have watched many of your YouTube videos and I feel that your straightness training may be of great benefit to both of them. Your e-book was very enlightening and explained your system very well. Thank you.

 

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By Ansa van Vuuren on 13 October 2014 at 11:45

In preparation for the Carola Beekman clinic in November 2014 in South Africa!

 

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By Sally Clarke on 2 November 2014 at 23:15

Hi Marijke, we had a S.T. clinic at our yard, and I went along as I am always looking for ways to improve and help my partially sighted Dartmoor x pony. I do a lot of groundwork with her and this gives us many new things to think about. The e book makes sense to me and is very helpful and easy for me to understand. I have done parelli groundwork with my daughter's pony a few years ago however I feel that my own pony will really benefit tremendously from S.T. It has helped me to understand the importance of exercises like haunches in and how these exercises help the horse. I have only just started straightness training and would like to thank you for making it available to me.

 

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By Lorraine on 14 November 2014 at 14:34

Hi,
Thank you so much for creating the e book. My horse has come back from the Netherlands where she has lived and competed with my daughter for three years. She is now twenty four and my daughter felt she was 'done' with riding! I love the groundwork and am looking forward to putting into practise.

Once again thank you,

Lorraine.

 

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By Portia on 1 December 2014 at 02:10

The book was great. I learnt lots of interesting things. I never knew straightness training could fix so many things. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

 

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By Kalpana on 29 December 2014 at 04:24

I downloaded the book but I cant find it on my computer. I checked ny downloads folder and it is not there. I went to the site and tried to download it again but the site says I already have it. I am sad because I am very interested in this philosophy of training.
I find it very valuable, love watching the videos.

 

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By Jo on 12 January 2015 at 04:26

Thank you for the wonderful book. Your descriptions and pictures are easy to follow. Concepts are practical. Thank you!

 

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By yanika on 20 January 2015 at 21:56

Hi yeah i liked it and it was helpful for my horses and i am still reading the book

 

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By Louise on 27 January 2015 at 07:17

I really liked the book. I would have been interested in the full course but the price is too expensive for ne at the moment but very interesting concepts

 

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By Nicole on 30 January 2015 at 11:44

I thoroughly enjoyed the e-book! The book and your web-site inspires me to work with my horse. I am new to dressage (and horse riding), and it can get frustrating at times. However, reading the e-book and watching your videos has helped me with understanding my horse better. Thank You Ms. de Jong!!

 

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By sue on 8 February 2015 at 22:17

Great ebook. Easy to read and understand. Very useful pictures and diagrams. Thankyou,

 

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By Joan Adams on 9 February 2015 at 23:48

I liked the videos on Youtube, the download for the ebook was not large enough to read, I could not even enlarge it. From what I see in the videos these techniques are not new, the cowboys out west use this in Natural Horsemanship, very much the same. I would like a printable copy of your book however. thanks, Joan

 

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By Melanie Webb on 10 February 2015 at 03:49

Loved the book! I would love to purchase your training system some day.

 

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By Ruby on 26 February 2015 at 08:19

Love the book!Still doing the shoulderin.Luckely there will come a instructor to Ibiza to help me pass this stage!!☺

 

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By Siri on 17 March 2015 at 13:05

Thank you very much for the book. I have very much enjoyed reading the book and understanding in more detail, how your trying method works. I have already used some of the exercises. Thank you for sharing with us!

 

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By Jacqueline Blunn on 17 March 2015 at 13:47

I am using your methods on our horse who has been diagnosed with spondylosis. We are trying shoulder-in and haunches-in in hand to encourage correct use of her muscles. So far so good!

 

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By Inga-Lill Sjö on 26 March 2015 at 19:38

I have read your book and it gave me some new excercises for my Icelandic horse. Even if I have used straightness training for many years there is always something new to learn.

 

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By Tuija on 21 April 2015 at 19:02

Hi,

thanks for the eBook, It was interesting and I'm planning to start using the methods for my horse that has habit to test rider and go other than straight. She much better now and we have good relationship. But I'll try to give her and me something different to think of.

E book was easy to read and understand.

I would love to by the ST training courses, but wondering a bit how much effort it takes to practice. But of course it depends on horse and trainer competence. So let's see..

Thanks, Tuija

 

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By Kirsten on 8 May 2015 at 23:20

Hello Marijke.
Your Ebook is very good. I have read it several times.... Just to refresh my memory, to make sure I always remember why ST is so healthy and good for my horse. My frisian horse had sore joints in his back knees, and some more. The vet said he wouldn't be good so I might as well put him down. Then I started ST and slowly he became well, happy and healthy. I can see and understand the link between ST training and keeping the horse healthy and strong and happy... Especially strong enough to carry us humans.
I thank you for your ST training and I will keep on fitness - training my horse ☺
Best regards
Kirsten from DK

 

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By Heinrich Kohne on 20 May 2015 at 08:15

Goeie Dag Marijke,
Baie dankie, veel om na te dink. Very interesting and of great value to our every day interaction with our horses and trainning.
Groete.
Heinrich.

 

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By Eliisa Lehto on 25 May 2015 at 07:33

ST training is new thing to me and your e-book is very interesting. E-book is also very easy to read and understand, so I have started training with ST method. Thank you Marijke!

 

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By Pam Vickars on 18 June 2015 at 00:08

I found this e-book to be very comprehensive and informative. It was an excellent follow-up to the e-book and videos on Asymmetry, and really answers the 'why', and gives a high level overview of the 'how', for the various dressage exercises that are so important for our horses. It takes us back to the original purpose of dressage, i.e. to prepare horses for a variety of activities and/or disciplines. I am so looking forward to the rest of the ST Mastery program! Thanks, Marijke.

 

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By Tertia Willis on 19 June 2015 at 12:19

Loving it! Very helpful. Can't wait to learn more...
Thanks, Marijke!

 

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By Anne-Marie on 20 June 2015 at 11:23

Hello, is there a freebook in french? So do you come in France sometimes? I really like your approch but I'm so bad in english so I don't understand everything and I don't find similare learning in France, do you know someone?
Thanks for your ST training.

 

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By beryl Forrest on 23 June 2015 at 14:16

Thank you so much for your free ebook on Straightness training. It is really helping me with my mare, particularly the Haunches In exercise. Brilliant******

 

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By Hayley on 26 June 2015 at 08:13

Thank you, Marijke, for the free e-book. I felt it served as a great introduction to straightness training and enjoyed the pictures in the e-book to illustrate the concepts. I have just had my first lesson in ST with Zaneta Georgiades in South Africa and am very excited for our journey of ST with my horse, PC. I am interested in enrolling in the Home Study Course once I've had a few more lessons.

 

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By Tricia on 9 July 2015 at 00:14

I found the Intro to Straightness Training very interesting but very confusing. I can see how it helps the horse and hence the rider, BUT the transition to dressage training with a bit does not follow on. In the dressage scales of training, Straightness comes After Contact and Impulsion. If a horse isn't going willingly forward into the bit, then how can you create Impulsion and how can you make it Straight? My horse will go very forward-down and lateral-bending in a cavesson, but he doesn't accept a soft constant contact on a bit.

 

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By Carol Hamilton on 14 July 2015 at 02:02

Thank you for the opportunity to get a free straightness book.
Unfortunately the download didn't work correctly, probably my download speed as I live in the hills in the country, Perth Western Australia.
When I reapply for the book it tells me I have already subscribed and goes no further, can you help?
Thank you
Carol

 

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By palma on 22 July 2015 at 18:07

Hi, Thank you very much for the e-book, it is very useful, I learnt a lot from it.

 

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By Tricia on 23 July 2015 at 01:25

Dear Marijke, Thank you for the e-book, it was interesting but left more questions unanswered than answered. I am very puzzled because there seems to be an incompatibiltiy between Straightness Training and the Scales of Training in Dressage. You say: 'This website gives you information about dressage' but I can't find any such information, only mentions of 'basic' and 'high and mighty'. I would so love to have a conversation with you about it.

 

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By gulyás lászló on 28 July 2015 at 07:00

Dear Marijke!

Thank you very much all! From Hungary

 

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By Amanda on 6 August 2015 at 18:25

Thanks very much enjoyed the 3 - book . I think the importance of correct biomechanics is so often overlooked in training. I have a mare with lots of issues due to long term lameness and it's difficult to find a trainer who doesn't go for the quick fix when time and patience is needed .

 

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By Gene on 10 August 2015 at 17:43

Thank you for the ebook. I am a new rider with my first horse. I plan to learn good ground work. Your program seems to be excellent. Will connect with you when we get a little further along. Our horse is a 17.1 hand 17 y/o Danish Warmblood that is well trained in upper level dressage but a little stiff. I just retired and in a 5 day a week program with a local trainer. Thank you Gene

 

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By Emma on 1 September 2015 at 09:27

Thank you for the ebook. I am re-training a race horse and straightness is a problem so found this book and other facebook articles very useful! Thanks Emma

 

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By Michelle on 1 September 2015 at 20:18

Enjoyed the E - Book very much. Your teachings are very much aligned with my own philosophy and the work that I do. I will enroll in the home study course shortly and have already signed my name to the coaching program wait list. I look forward to meeting you next year in the US.

 

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By Sylvia on 22 October 2015 at 14:50

I had many problems with my horse's right side - he was so inflexible that I didn't know what to do. This book helped me a lot, I'm really impressed. Hope we will do all the exercises correctly in our training in the future. Thank You a lot, Marijke.

 

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By Stephanie on 22 October 2015 at 17:35

Hi Marijke, This ebook came into my awareness at the right time. I'm new to dressage and this information will get me on the right track from the beginning. I am impressed with the ebook introduction, and felt like the course will take me where I'd like to go with my two horses; so I've signed up for it. Thank you for creating such a course, and your passion for helping people help their horses!

 

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By Ieva on 25 October 2015 at 19:48

I love this book...

 

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By aline on 26 October 2015 at 09:33

Hello,
I have partly read the ebook and found it very interesting. I have a mare (14yrsold) and have restarted working her with the notion of straightness and that works really great.
Before she was always fast forward and nervous, and of course on the shoulders. I am a beginner rider and could not deal with that. Now with my teacher we are rebuilding all the Relationship and work over straightness notion and that is just working perfectly.
Your ebook is helping me also to understand the all notion of it. I really look forward for the video. Thanks

 

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By Simone on 28 October 2015 at 11:04

Dear Marijke, thanks a lot for your free e-book. It is quite inspiring and I love the thoughts behind the practice. I also love the youtube videos of you and Ylvie Fros, because they explain so much! I´m glad to know now much more about how to help horses walking correctly and am looking forward for new information. It is sad, that this knowledge is so"uncommon", very few know about Pluvinel, Guerinière etc. So please keep on your kind way of making the horses (and riders) world a bit better!

 

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By Brita Ekebom on 6 January 2016 at 20:21

Thank you. I love it and do our exercises with my pony.

 

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By Valetta Roberts on 13 January 2016 at 09:13

Thank you Marijke, for the very interesting and informative eBook. My mare has been injured and now is slowly coming back into work. As she has not been ridden for nearly a year I am looking at learning the techniques used in straightness training. As we progress I would be interested in learning more.

 

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By Hellen on 19 January 2016 at 13:42

Hi.. I can't wait to get started.. I have two ex competition icelandic horses... Both in their 20's... Wanting to get them fit again.. This is perfect... Keep them soft and supple.. To live long life... Many thanks

 

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By Michelle Botha on 24 January 2016 at 18:36

I am loving your book, it helps me see why I have been experiencing some problems with my mare.
Would love to see you videos too.

 

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By Jeannetta on 7 February 2016 at 22:04

Thank you for the free material. I have read it and need to go over it again. I find it encouraging and am looking forward to trying the lateral moves on the ground. I have done them from the saddle more, so maybe working from the ground will help. She has a weakness or some kind of problem in her right hip, so my challenge is strengthening her without causing discomfort. Our flying lead changes are not clean because of this, so I know lateral work is the secret, as well as more circles. Your book has just been the confirmation of this. Thank you!

 

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By Adrienne on 14 February 2016 at 00:27

The book, although just the tip of the iceberg, gave me some good material to think on. I was able to implement many of the in-hand exercises in my own horses but only because I already have a solid foundation of dressage riding and some in-hand work from my riding instructor and our Portuguese clinician Jose Manuel Lopes. However, I think there wouldn't be enough information on "how" to do the in-hand work in the ebook for someone new to working with horses. But it's a great tantalizing look at the possibilities.

 

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By Laney Humphrey on 14 February 2016 at 18:40

I've known my horse is crooked for a long time but didn't know what to do about it. Your ebook is very helpful and inspirational.

 

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By Gaye Kapkin on 16 March 2016 at 23:51

Hi Marijka - I just finished reading the e-book. I am sure it is going to be very helpful for my horse, and me too. You provide a lot of very good material - I will be re-reading it again because there is a lot to absorb and put into practice. Thank you again.

 

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By Amelia on 24 March 2016 at 19:50

A great resource, every time I revisit the ebook I learn something new. Thank you!

 

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By Amanda on 9 April 2016 at 10:22

I love the ebook I printed and laminated the pages so I can use them at the yard. I can't wait to get started. It's totally new to me so I'm looking forward to the challenge of learning the new skills. My young highly spirited mare also loves to learn. Can't wait to get started.

 

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By Judy Burgoyne on 10 May 2016 at 02:57

May 9, 2016 I'm enjoying the very descriptive illustrations & explanations in the ebook straightness training. Most of my knowledge has been from reining but am keen to try this method with my Quarter horses . A skilled horsewoman from Florida clued me in to straightness training.

 

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By Isabella Baumgart on 20 May 2016 at 22:29

I enjoyed reading your ebook. It was easy to understand for me as a non native English speaker and I am now looking forward to participating in our St course at our stables in June. A lot of things weren't new to me...However, I just know all of these things in theory... I need someone who helps me to put it into practice...That is why I am so glad I found our ST instructor who visits our stables on a regular basis:-)

 

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By Esther Oppliger on 22 May 2016 at 03:16

The e-book was very helpful to me. I really learn best by seeing things written and illustrated. So this was perfect for me. Thanks so much for making it available free!

 

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By Michaela Clayton on 24 May 2016 at 11:50

Dear Marijka

The e-book is a really great introduction to straightness training. I had the privilege of participating in my first ST workshop with Zaneta Georgiades in Namibia this past weekend with my Clydesdale mare Victoria, which was really fantastic.

 

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