Whenever you are doing Straightness Training, always introduce your horse to his environment before you introduce him to the exercises, especially in clinics in a foreign environment. Read More..
When riders start to get enthusiastic about Straightness Training, the most common questions are:
- Can I do it?
- Isn't it too difficult?
- Where do I start?
- How often do I need to train?
- How many days a week?
- How many minutes a day?
To give you the answer to the first question:
A serious issue for many riders is to ride perfectly round circles. The natural asymmetry of the horse doesn't make circles easy.
Most horses are bend to one side in the body, so if they are left bend, it's difficult to turn to the right and if they are right bend, it's difficult to turn to the left.
Instead of 'turning' they often choose to 'fall'; they choose to lean on the inside shoulder or fall over the outside shoulder.
Now there’s a huge difference between ‘falling’ and ‘turning’ whilst riding on a circle and we need to prevent a horse from falling in or over his shoulders.
To do so we need to teach a horse to turn.
What a brilliant Straightness Training Clinic in the UK it was, thanks to all the lovely horses, the dedicated riders and the supportive spectators who all brought their focus, positive energy and their curiousity and openess to the clinic!