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Straightness TrainingNatural asymmetry can cause a lot of problems, such as:

  • Struggle to bend one way, the other is easy
  • Leaning on the reins
  • Strong, pushy hind legs
  • A strong developped underneck
  • Difficulties to turn
  • Speading up automatically in the canter
  • The saddle slips to one side
  • It's difficult to ride the horse on the bit
  • Physical damage such as navicular disease and kissing spines.

We have to recognize the symptoms of natural asymmetry and to provide the solution by helping the horse to develop symmetrically in body and limbs.

Straightness Training can help you with that!

Natural asymmetryStraightness Training consists of a logical and systematic system of exercises to develop the horse symmetrically. And the end result is a straightnened horse.

A straightened horse:

  1. is symmetrical developed in body and limbs;
  2. is symmetrical in movement and can perform all exercises equally to the left and to the right;
  3. will let itself collect and lift in the front.

Only a straight horse lets itself be collected and lifted in the front to relief the front legs and to support the back.

Crooked stallion back on track

Here you can see a video of a crooked stallion who got back on track thanks to exercises of Straightness Training:

"Horse Yoga"

Straightness training can be used as a kind of "horse yoga" or "horse pilates".

Bad confirmation and natural shortcomings can be corrected by training the horse using proper exercises.

The rider can solve different problems, bad confirmation and lameness by helping the horse to do certain gymnastic exercises. Problems that can be solved are: stiff shoulders and/or back (seen in limited shoulder-freedom), problems with softening into the rider’s hand and irregular movements. But even horses with navicular disease, kissing spines, crooked pelvis and other major problems can be helped with Straightness Training. Because for example the diagonal imbalance of the horse can lead to navicular disease and the imbalance between the topline/underline can cause kissing spines.

By making the horse perform straightening exercises that fit to that specific horse, by making it use and relax the proper muscles and divide its weight equally over its legs, the rider can help the horse improve enormously.

A good rider is even capable of curing a horse that has been given up on by veterinarians!

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Movement therapy

Straightness Training can also be used as movement therapy.

Movement therapy has played a major role in medicine these last years. Someone with certain back problems gets exercises to train his/her abdominal muscles and someone with a stiff arm gets different movement exercises to supple up.

Many physical problems with horses can be better solved with exercises than just with physiotherapy, osteopathy or drugs. These therapies are very valuable, but sometimes their effectiveness is improved when the patient or horse also does gymnastic exercises.

Click HERE for a video about the horse Maestro >>

Fighting symptoms or setting conditions?

It is always important to deal with the cause of the problems and not just with the symptoms!

For example, it is not advisable to use side reins and/or special bits to fix problems with the horse’s softness in the mouth or head/neck position. The symptom: Not coming towards the riders’ hands is not coming from the horse’s mouth, but from its natural asymmetry in his muscles.

Sometimes draw reins are used to make the horse lower its head and become soft and round. Or a sharper bit is chosen.

But all tools that are used to tie the horse in a certain position and force it to hold its head in a certain way are, without exception, more harmful than helpful.

It usually creates new problems such as resisting the rider, protest, placing the head behind the vertical, leaning on the riders’ hand, developing an underneck or lameness.


Also, the saliva glands are squeezed between the lower jaw and the tensed under neck muscles. This can lead to infections and can inhibit the production of saliva. These additional reins ruin the horse’s mouth, because the communication through the bit can only be done with the soft, feeling, living hand of a rider.

So don't fight the symptoms, solve the problem. In most cases the natural asymmetry is the problem and straightness training is the solution.

Straightness Training is the solution

Natural asymmetry is a balance issue which can be solved by schooling the riding balance. And natural asymmetry is a muscle issue which can be solved by training the muscles. This training is called Straightness Training.

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If you want to learn more about how to start Straightness Training, then join my free 4 part Mini Mastery Course!

This is what you’ll discover:

  • How to avoid the pitfalls that I’ve fallen into, and almost every rider falls into, and which make riding your horse ten times harder!
  • How the dimensions of natural asymmetry can crush your riding goals, and how to turn things around in a simple way!
  • How to eliminate unnecessary stress, frustration, and disappointment, and fast-track your progression!
  • Six simple keys to make horse training and riding easy, no matter what discipline you’re in, and no matter what breed or age!

This mini course 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:

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5 thoughts on “Solution

Comment author said

By Frances zysemil on 30 August 2015 at 21:06

This made me cry, I have had so many problems with my horse who is the exact example of alconbel we are gradually finding better results , thanks to you


Comment author said

By Marianne on 10 December 2015 at 18:48

Prachtig om dat "kreupele" paard weer rad te zien lopen na ST. Niks opgeven door dierenartsen, maar ST doen.
En die moeilijke hengst Alconchel wordt na ST een makkie, een juweeltje dus.
Allebei schitterend om te zien en ook ontroerend.
ST is dus ter preventie van en een kuur voor problemen in het lichaam en de geest van een paard, al wordt aan het laatste zelden iets speciaals gedaan, want wat kan je daar aan doen? Ik weet van een heel mooi paard jaren geleden, die moeilijk was om te berijden. Binnen liep ze altijd hard. Buiten steigerde ze wel eens en gooide de ruiter eraf en liep dan iets naar achter en trapte na naar de ruiter. Het paard is toen als gevaarlijk beoordeeld en naar de slager gegaan. Doodzonde. Ze was dus doodongelukkig, maar men had daar geen antwoord op. Met ST is zo'n paard te redden. Je doet mooi werk, Marijke.


Comment author said

By Ilona Marianna Staikou on 19 March 2016 at 09:48

Great video with a very clear precise explanation. Thank you Marijke for sharing it.


Comment author said

By Gylfi Sigurdsson on 20 June 2017 at 23:02

Thanks Marijke for all of the videoes!
It is amazing to see how quickly the horse improves. I guess the length of the training session each day depends on the shape of the horse? Is it wise to train the same horse twice a day? Sitting on my horses they are trained to choose tolt after walk. That means the head must be held higher and a good tolter carries more load on the hind legs. I wonder if you have videos of training of tolting horse or if you can explain the connection between LFS and tolt- I mean in LFS the head is supposed to be low but in tolt higher?


Comment author said

By Straightness Training Team on 21 June 2017 at 13:46

Hi Gylfi, thank you for your questions!

Indeed, the length of a training session depends on the horse. For some horses, especially young ones, it works well to do two short sessions per day, instead of one longer session.
You can read more about this subject here:

As for gaited horses, here you can find a great article about gaited horses and ST:

And are you already a member of our gaited horses Facebook group? You can find the group here:

You are welcome to join 🙂

Good luck!


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