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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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Throughness of a horse means that it willingly and freely follows the rider’s aids, that it lets the impulse, coming from the haunches, flow over the upward swinging back over the whole body and that it faithfully accepts the bit.

The importance of throughness is often underestimated; especially as it should be seen as the perfection of healthy and fine horsemanship and should be aimed for as the highest goal in the teamwork with a horse.

This is achieved through the complex synergy of the trapezius muscle, the musculus brachiocephalicus and the musculus rhomboideus.

The trapezius muscle and the musculus brachiocephalicus form a unit together with the front-heaviness; i.e. they are inseparable. If one of those three components springs into action, the other two react. The negative consequence is the relapse into the natural behaviour of the flight animal.

Moreover, the musculus rhomboideus, which lies directly underneath the trapezius muscle, tightens as a result of the direct contact of the hard hands to the horse’s mouth – especially together with excessive forward riding or a misunderstood forward-downward riding. The necessary throughness in the neck-shoulder area is left behind.

This is where the cause lies for an all too often occurring stagnation in the schooling of the riding horse.