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Every horse is unique

We tend to think that faces of people and snouts of horses are symmetrical, but the pictures below show that they are not. In fact, they are sometimes very asymmetrical.

The right and left sides of horse's snouts and nostrils can differ in size and shape.

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It's also interesting how much the right and left sides of people's faces can differ.

It's the same with our faces. A perfectly symmetrical face doesn't exist.

In fact: The perfect symmetrical horse or human is yet to be born 😉

Because not only are snouts and faces asymmetrical, but the whole body and limbs are also not symmetrical:

  • Just like every human, every horse is for example left- or right handed, both in the frontlegs and the hindlegs;
  • Also, the horse is bent to the left or right in its body;
  • And it carries more weight on the front legs than on the hind legs;
  • This causes an uneven distribution of the weight over the four legs.

When the rider does not recognize and correct this natural asymmetry and this imbalance, this can lead to several physical and behavioral problems, such as you can see in this video:

Every horse is unique and needs tailor-made Straightness Training to prevent and avoid these problems.

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The goal of Straightness Training is to develop the horse symmetrically in body and limbs so that he is able to carry the weight properly and to keep the horse fit, healthy and happy until an old age.

 

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By Caryn on 6 August 2014 at 10:24

and I think it is worth mentioning that 'above so below', as riders we have the same problems......... I have found that hula-hooping (!!!! for me not the horse!!!!) has helped enormously to straighten me up, same for skipping - obviously alternating lead directions equally. This also seems to help naturally since as I get more balanced a lot of the problems the horses were having to level me out have diminished considerably too.

 

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