All riders know WHAT they do.
A number of riders know HOW they do it.
Fewer riders know WHY they do what they do.
Why does an exercise like shoulder-in exists? What is the purpose of this exercise? What is the cause of this exercise? Do you belief in this exercise?
Most riders communicate with their horse from the outside in, from the clearest thing (what) to the fuzziest thing (why).
But the inspired riders all act and communicate with the horse from the inside out and they start with WHY*.
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Claudia Wolters is the first Straightness Training Instructor 5th Degree.
The mission of an instructor 5th Degree is to spread Straightness Training around the world and to help as many riders and horses as possible.
This is done by supporting Marijke de Jong in the education of new and existing Straightness Training Instructors.
An Instructor 5th Degree is a competent and honest ambassador for Straightness Training!
I proudly present 5 new Straightness Training Instructors in the Netherlands and Belgium!
Carola Beekman, Gary Stals, Antoinette Denayer, Suzanne Buijsse and Roos van den Wildenberg are now officially appointed as Straightness Training Instructor Grade 3!
Gary Stals and Antoinette Denayer are the first official Belgian Straightness Training Instructors Grade 3.
The past two years they all have successfully completed Phase 1 and Phase II of the Professional Program and October 20th they graduated and received their diploma! And then we had a nice dinner all together to celebrate this milestone!
I am very happy, because a lot more riders and horses can be helped by these instructors in The Netherlands and Belgium.
Congratulations to the graduates!
The first three keys of Straightness Training are:
- Lateral bending
- Stepping under
These keys are closely connected and in this case we can talk about “what came first, the chicken or the egg?”.
The lateral bending relaxes the long back muscle, making the head of the horse stretch forward-down. On the other hand, a horse with a high head and neck cannot bend laterally because of the stiffness in his back.
The lateral bending brings the inside hip of the horse forward, making the hind leg step under the point of mass. And the forward-down tendency of the horse activates the hind leg to swing further forward towards the point of mass so the hind leg makes a bigger step forward. Activating the stepping under of the inside hind leg will on the other hand improve the lateral bending.
So the three keys are closely connected. One cannot exist without the others and the three keys must be trained in harmony.
That’s why I use the term ‘LFS’ to focus on these three keys as a unit during training.