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On March 17 I gave a ‘Question & Answers’ webinar about the natural asymmetry of the horse and about straightness training.

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  1.   Evaon 05 Mar 2011 at 08:28

    Dear Marijke,

    What type of bit with semi kaptoom is mostly used in academic art of riding?

    Thank you for the answer.
    Eva from Slovenia

  2.   Annon 06 Mar 2011 at 17:32

    Hi…I would be very interested if I could have explained to me how you know which side of the horse ( inside or outside) to work from in in hand work…( hope this question makes sense !!! ) LOL Looking forward to this Webinar VERY much Thanks

  3.   Susan Garvinon 07 Mar 2011 at 15:21

    Hi Marijka,
    I’m going to be very greedy, I have three questions, and would be grateful for a reply to one or all of them! Many thanks.
    1) when a horse is rushing, in the early stages of the in-hand early exercises, what techniques can be used to get him to walk slowly?
    2) when you say, on your example videos, ‘after one week’ and ‘do this each day’ what sort of times are you working the horse? a few minutes? twenty minutes? once a day? I know all horses will be different but could you give a general idea, in particular of how you judge how long to work?
    3) Do you start off in-hand AND lungeing AND riding from day 1? Or do you wait til the in-hand is improving before you start lungeing and ditto for the riding? Again, I am not expecting set rules, but a few observations about how to know when you can start the next stage.
    Many many thanks again,
    Susan (in Italy).

  4.   Andrea Schwiegelon 07 Mar 2011 at 22:29

    I’m looking forward to your webinar and thanks a lot for this opportunity. I have an 11 year-old ex-racehorse with some back issues. So I would like to ask you how to start the correct groundwork with her and would like to join Susan’s question about how long a working unit should be.
    Lots of greeting from Italy.

  5.   Cathy Priceon 08 Mar 2011 at 08:04

    Hi marijke,

    thanks for the great opportunity sadly work gets in the way (will be at work and not allowed to view horse related usefull things)
    I have a horse with a sore wither and hind quarter (seems to drag his toes) so would love to know what you do to strenghten the back end up (and also the neck please) the horse looks a little up side down.
    would inhand work be benificial for this horse?

  6.   Evaon 08 Mar 2011 at 09:29

    Horse has very heavy fore – big heavy head – short neck – narrow chest – very laid back horse (cold blood) – almost no elasticity in hock area.
    Recommendations to gain/increase elasticity in hock area, pls.

  7.   Danuta Lawsonon 08 Mar 2011 at 10:15

    I have an 21 month old trackenher/tb gelding named WEBSTER. I have introduced the bit and the training cavesson with pad and plan to introduce the breastplate, side reins (loose), and protection boots. I would like to long rein him eventually as opposed to lungeing with one line. Which of the two do you think will be the best. Best Wishes Danuta

  8.   Annon 09 Mar 2011 at 03:09

    …Wonderful webinar on March 8th….My question is still the same…
    How do you know whether to work from the inside or outside of the horse when working in-hand ?? I hope your next webinar will , somehow , also be in English !! ( I’m not as talented as you..I speak only English…and your English is excellent and very charming !!)
    Thank you for this wonderful site and all the info…I am learning SO much…and my Haflinger Ziggy also is happy that I’m working with him in this , for me , “new way” :) ))

  9.   Catharina Holmon 09 Mar 2011 at 11:29

    Dear Marijke,
    I have questions related to two issues that might be of general interest for people with “Iceys” (= Icelandic horses)

    Ad 1.) It is claimed that the “will”, i.e. the eagerness to move forward, is destroyed when working according to the principles of Academic riding. Do you have any experience regarding this phenomenon? Is the decreased “will” maybe a result of default training/riding… and not at all related to the “Academic approach” ? Personally I think this is the case. But on the other hand I have never heard about an Icelandic horse that has been trained in Academic riding to get top marks in competitions at high level… But then – I’m just an amateur! What do I know! Maybe you could comment!

    Ad 2.) Icelandic horses seems to have canter problems! At the recent World Cup event in Odense/Denmark very few of the horses did canter properly in my eyes. Most of them did “walk” on the hindlegs! More or less and especially in the corners. Generally the hindlegs looked very stiff. I have observed this stiffness before at Icelandic competitions. Sometimes it even looks like the horse should be lame – the tact is not clean – in my eyes… But then ofcourse I am no expert. When I have asked about the poor canter people tell me it is because of the gaits tölt and pace. And especially the five gaited horses have problems… is what people say. I don’t know what to think!
    Looking at the old paintings it seems to me, that these horses could amble AND canter! Do you have good advice how to improve the canter whithout “loosing” the tölt?

    Once more thank you for the fantastic and inspiring webinar!
    Kindest regards

  10.   Susan Garvinon 11 Mar 2011 at 16:19

    Hi Marijka, you answered my third question (I sent another post before the webinar itself) during the webinar – thanks! You said you have to judge when the horse is able to move to the lunge and being ridden as you go along.
    My other two questions I hope you will answer next Thursday!
    I have an observation which I’d like your opinion on. It’s related really to my second question.
    My horse was quite good, calm, attentive the first few days of straightness training (never doing more than 20 minutes total each time, and sticking to the first three ‘keys’ exercises) but the last two sessions he’s got quite resistant, sometimes saying NO very loudly. Do you think it could be because his muscles are starting to feel the new work and are a bit stiff? Like we do when we go to the gym for the first times? I do try to vary the exercises and do lots of other things in between straightness exercises to help him not get cramps or feel too sore. Should I just gently insist? Or give him more time between sessions? He is out in a large paddock most days and has a big stable with his own small paddock to move about in, so he isn’t getting stiff standing still.
    Thanks for your thoughts and experience on this.

  11.   Aubern Masonon 13 Mar 2011 at 23:50

    I have a question. When you begin straightening a horse from the ground, do you correct them when they become frustrated? My horse will go hollow backed and stick his nose in the air when upset. I corrected him with a sharp voice and brought his head forward and down. And then we tried again. Was this correct? And THANK YOU for your description of the aides for shoulder in in your free e-book. The leg and seat aides were opposite from what I learned but I tried them today and we had our FIRST successful shoulder in. On a horse who is coming back into work after a four month layoff. I’m stunned!

  12.   Vikaon 17 Mar 2011 at 19:29

    From what age straightness training is recomended for foals?
    How often do you work in hand?
    How much time last your straightness training in one day?
    Do you work in hand and ride in one day?
    Thank you!

  13.   Aubern Masonon 17 Mar 2011 at 19:45

    New question… If you’re nervous and stiff, how do you hide it from your horse? We had a trying ride yesterday due to me being stiff and jittery which made my horse stiff and jittery and poorly behaved

  14.   Mariaon 17 Mar 2011 at 20:23

    I am trying to do shoulder-in in hand and the horse keeps stopping. LFS on a circle is working brilliantly, also under saddle. But I am not getting it right in-hand. What am I doing wrong?

  15.   Nastjaon 17 Mar 2011 at 20:25

    Hi Marijke;-)
    Does the age play any role in which exercises you can do with a horse. Can we do this exercises with horses who are recovering form some kind of illness? Thank you:)

  16.   Vikaon 17 Mar 2011 at 20:43

    Do you work 7 day a week, ore you horses hav free day?

  17.   Vikaon 17 Mar 2011 at 21:00

    Is the difference in miscellaneous breeds training?

  18.   Shirley Coadon 17 Mar 2011 at 22:19

    Hi Marijke,
    Unfortunately work gets in the way of watching your webinar but I would like to ask a question. I have a Standardbred ex trotter and he has issues when I ask him to lunge in a trot, he will go at a fast pace and can be hard to bring back down to a walk. He is quite a sensitive horse so I do take things slowly with him if you can helf it would be very appreciated. Thank you so much.
    One more question, sorry. Will you be making any videos on your training in hand at all, I think alot of people will benifit from that and have a happier, calmer and safer horse.

    Kind Regards, :)
    Shirley Coad.
    (Strathalbyn, South Australia, Australia.)

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