Thanks everybody for helping to make 2016 such a great and succesful year!!!
This year we've got so many new STudents on board of the Home Study Course and the Mastery Program! FantaSTic to see how you and your horses evolve, wherever you are in the world, from Austria to Australia, from Belgium to Brazil, from Czechia to Costa Rica!
And it was really great and inspiring to meet so many nice STudents and their lovely horses in real life during the Mastery Clinics in Germany and Sweden and during the ST Tour around the Atlantic in South Africa, Brazil, and the USA!
Also all ST Instructors did a great job in teaching ST all over the world and helping many riders and horses a step further on their personal ST journeys in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, USA, Canada, France, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. You ST Instructors rock Rebecca Gilbert, Elaine Coxon , Zaneta Georgiades, Carolin Moldenhauer, Roz Richmond, Miriam Sherman, Anouk Wienia, Meg Brauch, Kim Steutel, Wendy Poore, Marianne Van De Sande Lee, Rosan Veer, Karin Wåhlin, Victor Gueiros Freire and Sandy Nye, way to go!!
It was also great to guide ST Instructors Elaine Coxon, Zaneta Georgiades, Carolin Moldenhauer, Roz Richmond, Miriam Sherman and Anouk Wienia to become an official ST Evaluator and and they do a great job in supporting Mastery students online by giving tips and advice on the students' videos where they show their work with their horses. They and Rebecca Gilbert worked very hard to serve the growth of ST around the world and to take care of all our STudents.
Over 1500 videos for evaluation have been submitted so far and it was great to see that so many ST Mastery students graduated in 2016 on the levels of Touchstones and Grades in the ST Evaluation program with their wonderful horses, proud of you all!!
Dora Hebrock and Christy Morley graduated on the level of Grade 2 and are now on board as new ST Trainee Instructors! Good luck with the ST Instructor Program in 2017!
Marc and Jan Westerink did a great job in building a brand new ST Evaluation Portal so all videos of the ST Mastery students can be submitted and evaluated much easier. And some wonderful refinements to the portal are to be expected in 2017!
Marc Marsman is also doing a great job in setting up brand new ST portals for all our online programs - which will be released in January 2017 - and Lianne Tijmes is creating a wonderful design for it.
We've also got powerful help behind the scenes with Rosan Veer and Hugo Bergwerff! Great to have you in Crew ST so we can serve our STudents the best we can!
And last but not least, my horses Maestro, Prince Elmelund, Romanesque, Toronto and El Blanco: Maestro, Prince Elmelund, Romanesque, Toronto and El Blanco: they are a huge inspiration and this year they did really great in teaming up in training at liberty in group sessions! I really enjoyed this process of figuring out how to align 5 bodies and minds at the same time and I learned loads from these guys along the way!!
Marc and I are truly thankful for all of this!!! Thanks for a remarkable 2016!
Here's wishing you a joyful, warm, healthy, passionate, vital, successful, peaceful, prosperous and horsey New Year!
Let's live, love, laugh, learn and enjoy each moment in 2017!!
And we are very much looking forward to start working with all the new STudents in the Mastery 2017 Class that will start in ST Academy in January 2017!
If you want to get started on your goals in the New Year, and want to stay calm, balanced, centered and grounded all the time, no matter what happens around you in 2017, then check out my new video in the ST Mini Mastery Course.
Today, I made episode #3 🇺🇸 🗽 of my free 4-part ST Mini Mastery course available to everyone who wants to set 2017 up for success!
You'll discover more about self-mastery and get ideas on how to increase your level of awareness and consciousness.
PLUS you can download the free ST Mastery manual 📖 that you can use as a 'reader' of this episode, because this video will be here only until next week.
Here's a 1-minute clip of Episode #2 that is part of the brand new ST Mini Mastery Course that covers the ST tour around the Atlantic.
To see the full 40 minutes with a lecture about the fundamentals of Straightness Training - and many examples which makes it easy to follow and the processes even more clear - just click the link.
And don't forget to download the 27-page free eBook about the ST exercises.
To develop the horse symmetrically in body and limbs you can use gymnastic exercises.
The core of the gymnastic exercises consists of the circle, shoulder-in and haunches-in. All the other exercises are derived from these cornerstones.
🐴 The circle is used to develop the Lateral bending of the body, the Forward down tendency of the head and neck and the Stepping under the center of mass of the inside hind leg (LFS).
🐴 Once the inside hind leg can step under, this hind leg can also start to take weight. To do so we use the shoulder-in and counter-shoulder-in. These exercises are designed to school the hind leg in function of the inside hind leg. As a result of taking the weight, the horse will bend the inside hind leg more and free the outside shoulder.
🐴 Once the horse can bend the hind leg as an inside hind leg, we can also start to school the hind leg as an outside hind leg. To do so we use first the haunches-in (travers) and later on the renvers. In the renvers the horse can lean less against the wall/fence with his shoulder, so it's a bit more difficult than the travers, but as a result he really supports himself with his hind legs.