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Correct Horsemanship

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47574 Goch
Phone: +49 (0) 2823 97555 09
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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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At clinics and when horses are brought to our centre, an intensive talk between the ARR team and the horse owner needs to takes place as basis of a successful training. For us the emphasis lies on the following question: «What do you want to achieve with your horse?» This way, the attitude of the owner towards his or her horse as well as a clear initial position can be assessed. The answer is to a large extent identical – which is good: «Happiness… I want my horse to be happy.»

This answer shows that we nowadays strive for an ideal which characterized by the family and which includes all pets. Happiness is perceived as the basis of our life. This complex term is surely right for the personal area of the human and should therefore obviously be strived for! If we look at the horse though, the next question emerges: «How would you define the happiness of a horse?» The answer of the horse owner then is: «It should feel good, not be in the stable 23h a day, and so forth…»

Now we look at the horse that is standing in front of us: the coat hair reveals apparent signs of deficits in the metabolism, the musculature and the hooves attest to a crookedness which can’t be denied, the back line exhibits an obvious downward tendency. Does this look like a happy horse? Yes, of course! Providing that I won’t mount it but keep it as a herd animal.

But what if I would like to ride this horse? Then I need to transform the biomechanics of the flight animal into the biomechanics of the athlete (cf. Schooling phase 1). This way, the horse can learn a new movement pattern which enables it to bear the rider’s weight without suffering damage. Of course, the market offers many alleged ways to achieve this. But unfortunately many times this means a senseless insistence on riding dressage lessons without any foundation or vision. However, who wants moments of happiness for himself and his or her horse, should first of all strive for a straight horse and with it for the indispensable basic elements of well-being, like the improvement of the metabolism. Just leaving the horse be horse, without stressful humanization.

Here the happiness starts because only a horse that is in balance can be happy and content. This is something we should think about very well.