Straightness Training® is a system of training created by Marijke de Jong®. It is based on the wisdom and techniques of the old dressage masters- Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere, Antoine de Pluvinel, Francois Baucher and Gustav Steinbrecht to name a few. It takes this knowledge a step further by incorporating more modern concepts like learning theory, behavioural science and biomechanics. It is a method which can be added on to any form of training to improve a horse's natural asymmetry or it can be explored in depth as an art on its own. Straightness Training® can be thought of as yoga for horses because yoga is also used to improve health for other sports or it can be practiced and mastered for its own sake.
Natural asymmetry is present in all horses and in ourselves. It is the natural curve of the spine to the left or to the right; it is also the horse's tendency to carry weight over one of its shoulders more than the other; it is visible in the pushing and carrying tendencies of each of the hindlegs as well as in the horse's movement on a circle and straight line. All of these natural asymmetries in our horses' bodies present challenges in the training process which, if not addressed correctly, can create bigger and bigger problems for the horse and can even result in lameness and behavioural issues.
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A LOGICAL SYSTEM OF PROGRESSIVE EXERCISES
Straightness Training® focuses on five pillars which are: Groundwork, Longeing, Work in Hand, Riding and Liberty. It is holistic in that it work on developing the horse and human in each of four areas which are: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.