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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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Lateral Movements

When we see horses during analysis that show considerable movement problems and we ask how they worked these horses, very often the surprising answer is, “My trainer advised me to do many lateral movements to straighten the horse.” Of course, this makes people think that they have done everything to pave the way into a good future for the horse. In addition, major specialist magazines promote the idea that lateral movements have a great importance in training, particularly in-hand.
Now there should be no doubt that lateral movements really have a considerable significance, BUT…!

As so often, basic elements in training are wrong or even absolute poison if they are not used in the right phase – however, in the phase in which they belong, they are a must!

This is the case with lateral movements: A horse that is not straightened, i.e. simply a crooked horse, cannot and must not do any lateral movements (the only exception is leg yielding, which is actually only concerned with the hindquarters). This is particularly visible with lateral movements that drive horses deeper and deeper into their hollow side – in this situation, this is poison!

Lateral movements are the highest level of gymnastics, so they belong in the highest level of training. Here they are a must. But only if the horse has already found straightness, self-carriage and balance. The horse must be in the vertical bending line during movement.