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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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Attempts to explain this subject usually lack of logical correlations which confuses horse owners even more. The statement that horses like humans are righties and lefties is not wrong. However, this explanation is too much of a shortcut answer to a very clear question: what is the problem with handedness?

From humans to horses
Looking at the handedness we can see the biggest difference between humans and horses in the posture of the body: the human is vertical with his upper body resting on his hips, on the «hind quarters», by what certain misalignments can occur, i.e. the hip misalignment.

The horse on the contrary moves in the horizontal. Thus the upper body is not resting on its hips but it much rather pulls away from its hips. So this can’t create a hip misalignment! Should one nevertheless have the impression of a misaligned hip, then the cause has to be a different one: the hip misalignment is to be sought in the reactions of the horse on the upper body’s pulling away from the hind quarters. To understand this better we need further explanations.

The natural crookedness of the horse
One thing is certain: the handedness clearly intensifies the natural crookedness of the horse (cf. illustration). As horses with the biomechanics of the flight animal can’t walk on a circle precisely because the upper body is pulling away from the hind quarters, they miss the support of the hind quarters. Consequently, the horse walking on a circle moves itself into its handed front leg. This way the handedness is intensified more and more and the crookedness increases. Consequences like irregularities in rhythm or lameness appear but the cause can’t be found.

The higher the potential of the horse, the faster the damage occurs. In this situation the intensified use of the outside rein and/or leg does not help because the negative diagonal shift has already arrived in the handed front leg and hoof, and the damage takes its course.

Straightening the crooket horse is the key because only this way it is possible to avert damage from the horse.