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Anatómiailag helyes lovaglás

Read the fourth part of the series of articles on ARR in the Hungarian horse magazine LOVAS ELET!

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ARR in Danish horse magazine Ridehesten

The very important Danish horse magazine Ridehesten has just published a big article on the ARR training method and the successful retraining of Danish warmblood stallion White Talisman.

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Misner Wins Grand Prix!

After completion of the training at the ARR center, Nakita and Dadas Dynamite won their very first Grand Prix together!


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(c) Renate Blank
(c) Renate Blank


The importance of a fitting saddle should not be underestimated. Poorly fitted saddles strongly impair the potential for movement and can cause pains, strains and health problems.

On the market much, partly quaint information, can be found over how a saddle should be positioned on the horse. For a long time we were contemplating if we need to comment on this topic; especially as we, together with Christoph Hubertus, developed an ARR saddle which is based on our insight and experience in the transformation of the biomechanics of the flight animal into the biomechanics of the athlete.

Demands on a saddle
We stick to our statement: the way a stallion is moving when driving his herd is how every horse should be able to arch its back – a wavy movement that reliefs the joints. This way the forelegs can move up in an anatomically correct way; a pre-stage to the flexion of the haunches. The so important trapezius muscle is released, and the highest level of rhythm, impulsion and suppleness is achieved.

The withers should not become narrower in the course of the schooling. The area of support of the saddle between withers and shoulder blade shouldn’t form any hollows as these are clear evidence of a blockaded trapezius muscle.

Nowadays a saddle needs to succeed in everything. This actually seems simple and logical. However, horse owners that want to buy a new saddle, again and again have to listen to comments of sales people which we, out of sense of responsibility, don’t want to and cannot accept!

Practical examples
Case 1: Based on the advice of a salesman for saddles, the owner of a pony bought a far too long saddle in an incomprehensible size. The rationale of the salesman was that the owner was too big and too heavy for the horse and that she needed a large saddle, and what is more, should best get another horse… Our observation on the other hand was: the owner is a normally build person.

Case 2: During an analysis we pointed out that the saddle was resting at the front and at the back, however, there was no contact in the middle. The ludicrous answer of the salesman was: This is how the saddle is supposed to lie; if it was filled in the middle it would block the trapezius muscle!

Case 3: A horse owner dared to ask questions about a type of saddle that was so narrow that the horse’s gait became irregular. Note well, under a saddle which wasn’t narrow the horse’s movements were impulsive and spirited. The saddle salesman became abusive and finally asked what age the horse was: 13 years. The reaction of the salesman: «What do you want then?! You should know that muscles of horses of this age atrophy!»

This kind of comments don’t in any way originate from rookies in this branch of trade; actually they come from rather known saddle salesmen…

Why aren’t we training those who are looking after the horse owners?