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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!

Click HERE for more information about the ST Home Study Course >>

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.

draw-reinssaliva-glands-horse

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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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.

 

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