Straightness training consists of gymnastic exercises such as shoulder-in, haunches-in and the derived exercises like renvers, half-pass and pirouette. These exercises ensure the horse to develop symmetrically in body and limbs and prepare the horse for collection.
When performing these exercises the essence must be well observed:
- The center of balance must be in the right place in the body
- The hind legs must step under the correct center of balance to be able to take weight
- Which results in a lifting of the fore hand and freely moving shoulders
A stallion that meets another horse will have a beautiful appearance.
When a strange horse comes upon the scene, or he sees himself in the mirror the attention of the stallion is naturally aroused and his body prepares for action.
He raises his head, arches his back, and brings his legs more under his body.
This makes it easier for him to make sudden changes of direction.
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Horseback riding according to the academic art of riding is something that, because of the name, seems only for elite dressage riders.
But nothing is further from the truth, since all horses and ponies, untrained, experienced or even with a problematic background, can be schooled following the method of the academic art of riding.
So the academic art of riding isn’t just for those who aspire to dressage – it’s for anyone who wants to know the whys of the hows and to keep their horse strong and healthy into old age!
But maybe you’re wondering: what exactly is academic art of riding… Read more »