Welcome to the wonderful world of Straightness Training - also called ST!
My name is Marijke de Jong and I’ve designed this website with my great passion for horses and I’m very excited to have you here!
Straightness training helped lots of riders and horses all over the world and consists of well thought through gymnastic exercises that keep horses fit, supple and strong as a riding horse until an old age.
These training exercises will fit whether you’re a beginner or advanced and they will fit no matter what kind of horse you have, a Norwegian horse, a thoroughbred, a warm blood, it doesn’t matter.
Straightness training makes every kind of horse symmetrical in body and limbs so that it can carry a rider properly.
But where to start?
If you are new to Straightness Training, here is a step-by-step plan for getting started.
Let me walk you through an overview of Straightness Training and the opportunities I offer to get you started with ST and to support you to become the best horse trainer you can be!
1. Start with why
It's more important WHY you do Straightness Training than WHAT you do and HOW you do it.
Therefore, let's start with this why:
2. Watch the free videos
To give you a quick and full impression of Straightness Training, check out the 4-minute video about Straightness Training.
This video gives you a quick overview of the Straightness Training components and their exercises to give you an idea what the Straightness Training journey is all about.
3. Read the free ST eBook
When you liked the video then I recommend you to download the free eBook with an introduction to Straightness Training.
The eBook is easy to read and it helps you to understand the importance of straightness in the horse and how to achieve it. The eBook contains clear, meaningful, logical and simple tips to straighten your horse.
The eBook gives you a quick overview of Straightness Training and for lots of riders the eBook has been very enlightening and helpful.
4. Join a free ST Facebook group
Now that you are familiar with the basic knowledge of Straightness Training you can decide you want to join the world wide ST Community.
We designed particular ST Facebook Groups for riders in a particular country who are interested in Straightness Training.
Riders of a particular group can post informative, interesting and funny 'ST' things to talk about with other members in their country! And you can invite all your friends! A big advantage is that you can talk about ST in your own language in a particular group. And it's great to find out who lives near to you, so you will perhaps be able to find an 'ST study buddy'.
5. Read these free articles
There are some articles and topics on this website I recommend you to read to help you get started and to help you understand more about how Straightness Training works.
Suggested reading includes,
- 12 tips to be the best rider you can be >>
- Creating balance in body, mind & spirit >>
- What is the logical system of ever-increasing exercises I can use for my horse?
- How to start a young horse?
- How to start a senior horse?
- How to start a 'problem' horse?
- You can also read the blog about my horse Prince Elmelund, the horse I started from 'scratch' with ST (start at the last page of the blog).
- Continue with topics you'll find in the knowlegde bases in the menu to the right.
- Or use the search box on the top/right of this page if you want to search for a specific topic. Type for example 'groundwork' or 'piaffe' in the search box, and all relevant items will be made visible to you.
6. ST Mini Mastery
The next step is to join the free ST Mini Mastery course: get inspired by severval captivating horse training examples in the ST Mini Mastery Course!
This 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:
7. ST Academy
If you would like to continue your ST journey you can enter the Straightness Training Academy.
The ST Academy aims to form a world wide professional group of loyal and dedicated horse trainers and instructors to the cause of improving health, joy and beauty in working with horses based on the principals of straightness training.
The ST Academy consists of the ST Mastery program, the ST Evaluation program and the ST Instructor Program:
- ST Mastery is the "Encyclopedia of Straightness Training" which consists of an extensive library and manuals and covers every little detail on every aspect of Straightness Training.
- The structured ST Evaluation program is designed to evaluate and measure the level of skill of rider and horse. Through videos rider and horse can demonstrate their ability to perform the ST exercises that are outlined in ST Mastery.
- When students have passed a certain set of evaluations in the training components groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding and liberty, they can enroll in the international ST Instructor Program.
8. ST Clinics & Practical lessons
We organize the clinics ourselves at venues of (future) ST Instructors. ST Instructors and ST Mastery students can participate and everybody is welcome to join as a spectator!
You can also book lessons with a certified St Instructor. Certified ST instructors are teaching in the Australia, the USA, the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Sweden, South Africa, and other parts of the world. You can join their private lessons, workshops, clinics and courses and other events.
That’s about it for now, welcome again to the wonderful world of Straightness Training and good luck on your ST journey!