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Avoid Too Much, Too Long, Too Often, Sudden, Steady Pressure

When we practice Straightness Training (ST) exercises – for example the exercise ‘forward down’ – we need to avoid:

❌too much pressure
❌too long pressure
❌too often pressure
❌sudden pressure
❌steady pressure

Because these kinds of pressure might trigger the following:

⛔The horse goes in the opposite direction and in a state of ‘flight’.

⛔The horse goes against the pressure and gets in a state of ‘fight’.

⛔The horse ignores the pressure and gets in a state of ‘freeze’.

As a result we end up in a push/pull contest or a nipping/biting game!

Now don’t think it’s the horse’s fault…

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Total Immersion

Frequently asked questions concerning liberty are:

  • How do I become skilled in doing liberty training with my horse?
  • What do I need to do?
  • What is the most important thing?

Let’s tell you the answer in a sec 😉…

But first let’s have a look how we learn:

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Don’t Wait For The Perfect Conditions

Don’t wait for the perfect conditions to get STarted.

Here’s an example:

🇿🇦 ST Instructor Zaneta Georgiades lives in a rural and remote area with her herd of horses…

🔥 And she often has to deal with very high temperatures

☀️ Plus she faces the burning South African sun on a daily basis…

But these challenging circumstances didn’t witheld Zaneta from making huge progress!

Now Zaneta started with Straightness Training a few years ago.

And in this video you can hear more about her struggles, plateaus, breakthroughs and growth 📈.

Plus she tells you about her experiences with her horses on her fascinating ST journey.

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Compound Exercises vs Isolation Exercises

When it comes to training horses – and also when it comes to fitness training for humans – there are two types of exercises:

1. Compound exercises
2. Isolation exercises

Already in the 18th and 19th century riding grandmasters favoured one over the other. For example, François Robichon de La Guérinière (1688–1751) and Gustav Steinbrecht (1808–1885) favoured the traditional and academical compound exercises and François Baucher (1796–1873) favoured and invented a lot of revolutionary and fancy looking isolation exercises (where his first method was rather harsch, but his milder second method is still used nowadays).

First, let’s have a look at the definition of compound and isolated exercises and then let’s address the benefits and drawbacks of each type of exercises, so we can make a conclusion at the end.

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