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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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This very interesting subject has a long history in horsemanship and it requires a high degree of understanding of the human towards the horse. The straightening forms the essential basis for the now so easily used expression ‘happiness of the horse’. Here it becomes clear who seriously means to provide his or her horse with what is necessary for it to be happy. Coz it is not enough to let the horse walk on circles, to put on a cavesson or ride forward-downward. It also is not enough to buy a book and try to reproduce what one has seen before somewhere. It needs more inner willingness to withstand all the highly praised promises to attain the rider’s and horse’s happiness – just to realize after a long time that once again many a thing went awry.

Straightening can only be successful if one has understood the handedness and the idea of the circle training. For us humans the crooked horse (here we are talking about the natural crookedness, not the artificial and therewith critical crookedness) is difficult to understand as it is problematic for us to put ourselves in the horse’s horizontal position (cf. handedness). Our reactions in the vertical deprive us of the sensitivity towards the horse. Very often we look for the solution in humanization - which is not the right way.

Ancient knowledge together with the modern searching for the straight and healthy horse does not allow an alternative: also here the human needs to learn. Not all information and not every offer follow this goal as too often the focus is on the commerce.

In the end, the straightening of the horse ensures the one thing every horse owner wants: a healthy horse. So let’s take on the search for happiness and health of our horse by looking into straightening as the safest way for the future of our horses.

Straightening means positively influencing the biomechanics of the flight animal, which are determined by the natural crookedness and handedness, via the diagonal shift so that the schooling under the saddle can be performed easily. Here the supporting and the free leg are of great importance. By elevating the trunk, tensions are released and the connection to the horse becomes stronger and at the same time lighter and smoother.