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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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Straightening the Horse

Straightening the Horse

 

Inherent Crookedness

In the wild, crookedness does not pose a problem for the horse. However, when a rider’s weight is brought upon the horse’s back, his crookedness starts to seriously affect his health.


Weight Distribution and Handedness

As we said, a horse carries his main body weight (app. 60 percent) on his forelegs, because most of his vital organs sit in the front part of the body.

In addition, a horse is inherently crooked. He can only bend his spine to one side – his ‘handed’ side. The horse’s handedness is similar to that of human beings: they are either right- or left-handed. When stumbling, a man will make a step to regain his balance, and he will use his handed foot to do so, or he will use his handed hand to support himself when falling down. The same pattern can be observed in horses on a circle: the horse will try to support his balance by putting his main weight to his handed foreleg. When a rider’s weight is brought upon the horse, this unequal distribution of the horse’s body weight becomes even more pronounced, and the handed foreleg carries the main weight.

A right-handed horse bending to the left. His spine is shifted to the right. His main body weight is put to his right foreleg.

A right-handed horse bending to the left. His spine is shifted to the right. His main body weight is put to his right foreleg.


Straightness Training

Here the ARR straightening training comes into play. It is based on the theories of old scholars but has been adapted to meet the requirements and challenges of modern breeding and riding. The ARR training consists of two steps. First, the horse is straightened with a cavesson on the longe, and his trunk musculature is built to a point where he will be able to carry a rider’s weight. Second, this training is sustained under saddle. The horse, now balanced and strong, will meet this challenge calmly.

Both young horses (whose training is just beginning) and adult horses that need correction (because they have never been straightened or have relapsed into old movement patterns) are treated and trained this way.

from left to right: left-handed horse bending to the right, straightened horse, right-handed horse bending to the left.

from left to right: left-handed horse bending to the right, straightened horse, right-handed horse bending to the left.