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Horses with a burr under their saddle

Girthiness is commonly associated with the consequences of tightening the girth too quickly when the saddle is first put on. But although there has been so much progress in the field of saddle making during the last decades and the awareness of the importance of saddle fitting and careful girthing has positively changed, many of our modern riding horses across all breeds are girthy. On reflection, this does not come as a surprise. What if the reason for the girthiness of a large part of the horses concerned were to be found in the low back position?

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How to put backbone into horse training

A fundamental rule of horse training under saddle is that your horse has to "engage through the back". However, the background of this principle is unfamiliar to many riders and even trainers.

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Getting Started With Training After Rehabilitation

Patiently you have given your horse time to recover from an illness or injury. Then finally, after a control examination, the vet gives the green light for the rehabilitation phase. You are very happy – and very uncertain.

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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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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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Training scale

Training scale
The question if the training scale of the German FN is justified keeps on popping up. Our answer is a clear Yes and at the same time a critical No.

To be able to find an honest answer to this question we should have a look into the past. Back then, until the horse was able to carry itself the main focus used to be on ground work. Only then the horse was mounted. The basic idea was that the flexion of the haunches and the elevation of the trunk would form a unity; this can be seen in the work on the pillars.

From this the forward movement was developed (cf. shoulder-in) while always bearing in mind that the straightening of the horses was to happen by diagonal work.

In the training scale of the FN, however, rhythm, impulsion and suppleness stand before the straightening. But how is all this supposed to succeed if the one thing, which used to be the requirement for an elastic, athletic and healthy horse, is missing?

With this, another interesting point which shouldn’t be underestimated comes up: the genetics of the many races which are available nowadays, or rather the modern breeding that creates horses with an inherent urge to move forward.

The term of the forward movement in horse riding makes trainers, riders and judges believe that a horse should always be ridden (extremely) forward. Apparently this is where today’s error lies. The riding forward is an essential and necessary element of horsemanship; however, something has gone missing: the straightening based on the diagonal.

ARR is dealing with this problem since 25 years – very often smiled at because one could not find the connection, very often surprised that through the diagonal work suddenly the health, the willingness and pleasure to work of a horse improve. The only thing we did was to integrate a component in our work that in the past used to go without saying: to first of all go about the correction of the crookedness of the flight animal and to pass this knowledge in a modern way.

What is that supposed to mean? Horsemanship, which has by now more or less developed into a national sport, needs to find solutions which in an easy, still feasible and effective way bring out a healthy and powerful horse. The offers on the market are of course numerous but they fail at the above mentioned if the crookedness is not considered but instead treatment is put on the foreground.

So if the advanced dressage is not in the foreground anymore because other values take centre stage, we should ask ourselves why the emphasis just now is not put on the fundamentals of movement, which have a great impact on a healthy future for the horse. Voltes, circles, shoulder-in and so on arose from the realization that horses by nature are unable to walk on a circle. So we need to teach them!