I just wrapped up the ST Instructor Clinic in Brazil – AMAZING experience!!
The Brazilian ST Trainee Instructors Victor Gueiros Freire, Marianne Van De Sande Lee and Juliana Dorneles showed great progress, not only in their journey to become the best horse trainer they can be, but also in their journey to become an inspirational teacher, who adds great value to and who makes a true difference in the lives of humans and horses.
It was so great to help not only Victor, Marianne and Ju, but also ST Mastery student Helene Ecklin, Beatriz Lefèvre and Victor's stable managers Willian Pinheiro and Afonso Da Silva in taking the next steps towards the next levels in Straightness Training during 4 intensive days.
Trust me: Your plan will not equal reality 😉 And there is no 'high way' to success, only 'tourist routes' 😉
Every great journey comes with difficult times. But those seemingly bad or painful experiences are sometimes the most important!
The forward-down tendency and lowering the horses neck is an important part of riding horses, and it's the second key of Straightness Training, but it is not the only part!
When a rider rides a horse only in forward-down – without engaging the hind legs in a proper way – the following symptoms might arise:
- The horse leans on the rein and uses the hand of the rider for support, like a fifth leg.
- The horsae might stumble and overreach because the front legs are too slow leaving the ground.
- The horse will develop only pushing ability and not any carrying ability , so he will never learn to carry the rider in balance.
- Due to the weight of the rider that is added to the front legs, strain injuries can occur.
- The horse moves "downhill”.
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: