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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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Training Step 2

Training Step 2


In Balance

The straightened horse’s back is now swinging upward. His muscles are optimally supplied with blood, which in turn boosts his metabolism. The horse is feeling good and becomes increasingly self-confident. The strain on his joints is minimal. He is now ready to carry a rider.

The upward-swinging back relieves the strain on the horse’s joints.

The upward-swinging back relieves the strain on the horse’s joints.

The first aspect of anatomically correct riding is the rider’s independent seat. Even experienced riders should review and train their seat regularly. Thus, the second training step starts with seat exercises for the rider, while he is being longed on his horse. Straightened horses tend to display a change in their movement or gait patterns because of the corrective work on the longe; they show increased impulsion (i. e. activity of their backs). Most horse owners have to get to know and feel their horse all over again.
Due to the careful preparation on the longe, young horses will accept the rider’s weight without stress. The longe training has not only given them physical but also mental balance.

The movement pattern trained on the longe is to be maintained under saddle. When riding in an arena, the rider has to pay attention that the horse does not relapse into “old” movement patterns (i. e. put his main weight on his handed foreleg). The rider must be able to (or learn to, respectively) feel when his horse becomes unbalanced. In that sense, ring figures should not be ends in themselves but serve as exercises to improve the horse’s use of his free and supporting leg.

Now, the remaining two goals of the FN training scale can be tackled: contact and collection.

The Perfect Fit

Ill-fitting saddles can press on the trapezius muscle, resulting in circulatory disturbances and stress-induced production of adrenalin, at which the horse relapses into the biomechanics of a flight animal: his trunk is pressed downward. This is why, in cooperation with our saddler, we have developed a specific saddle which leaves adequate room for the horse’s shoulders.