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Get Better Quality Problems

get-better-quality-problemsThe #1 problem most riders have is that they think "you‚Äôre not supposed to have any problems". But the problem isn't that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. The only problem we really have is we think we're not supposed to have problems ūüėČ
 
Riders want to have no problems in their lives as a horse trainer, but don’t realize that if this was the case they wouldn’t grow or become stronger. Remember, the path of resistance will always make you grow. Without problems we would not grow.

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Do I need to quit riding?

do-i-need-to-quit-ridingWhen people start Straightness Training or start with one of my online programs, frequently asked questions are:

  • Do I need to quit riding when I start ST?
  • Should I treat my horse¬†as if I am starting my horse all over from scratch?
  • Is groundwork¬†all that you do with your horse in the first months?
  • Or do people still ride during this time?
  • Or would riding during slow down or even inhibit the process of¬†building the correct muscles in groundwork?

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How often, how much, how long?

how-often-how-much-how-longWhen riders start to get enthusiastic about Straightness Training, the most common questions are:

  • Where do I start?
  • How often do I need to train?
  • How many days a week?
  • How many minutes¬†a day?

Here are 7 tips to get a grip on how train your horse with ST!

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How to mix ST with other types of riding

how-to-mix-st-with-ridingWhen people start doing Straightness Training some of the most frequently asked questions are:

  • Can I mix Straightness Training with (other types of)¬†riding?
  • What if I do jumping/ eventing/ hacking out/ classical equitation/ western / natural horsemanship/.... is Straightness Training something I do alongside this?
  • What if I ride bitless?
  • While I¬†build up the exercises from the ground, what do you suggest about riding my¬†horse in the meantime?
  • Or do I need to give up¬†what I LOVE?

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How to Inspire your Horse

how-to-inspire-your-horseDuring Straightness Training it's important that your horse not only understands what you want him to do, but that he's is also inspired and willing and motivated to meet your request.

Especialy during¬†ST at liberty it's¬†important that your¬†horse feels¬†inspired, because when¬†you ask your horse to do something ‚Äėdifficult‚Äô or if you ask for something that requires a lot of effort and energy, such as the piaffe, it's important that¬†he will still choose to stay with you rather than to leave you.

Now at liberty a horse¬†may stay with you when you don‚Äôt ask him anything or when all the things you ask him to do are very easy. But as soon as he has to work a little harder, or you leave the ‚Äėcomfort zone‚Äô and you enter the ‚Äėstretch zone‚Äô with your horse, he may choose to leave. But he will not if he‚Äôs inspired and motivated to meet your request from the inside out.

Therefore you need to be sure your horse is interested in and inspired by you, that he’s motivated to work with you and that he’s attracted to you. If you have enough draw for your horse, if he sees you as the best place to be, no matter what, he will not leave you at liberty, even though he has to work a little extra or has to put some serious effort to get the job done.

Of course the same 'spirit' of the horse is also desirable not only at liberty but also in the other training components - groundwork, longeing, work in hand or riding.

Now here are 8 tips on how to inspire your horse:

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