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Cover up or cure?

One-sidedness, built up by left or right hind dominance, twists the horse’s spine and pelvis, stressing the muscular skeletal system. See photo 1.below. Over time, this affects the nerve and blood supply to the horse’s organs, leading to crookedness, back pain and behavioral problems. The rider below in photos 1. 2. 3. came to me because he knew there was something wrong with his horse's way-of-going and conventional training wasn’t giving him the solutions he needed to resolve his problem.

Andy said: “Leo, was handed to me after things had gone seriously wrong for him eventing; he had become too hot and headstrong. Joni pinpointed his problem quickly. His one-sidedness had created a spinal twist throughout his body, which was further being stressed through the pressure of eventing.”

Photo 1. Leo’s back is dropped. His quarters are out behind. His spine is vulnerable to wear and tear. Photo 2. Leo has more lift and strength in his spine. His hind legs are starting to step further under. His forehand is lifting. Photo 3. Leo is sitting more behind and elevating his forehand higher. His hind legs are stepping further underneath his body. His spine is more protected from wear and tear.
It has taken six months to straighten, repair and strengthen Leo's twisted, weakened posture. We could work like the, 'pull um in kick um on' school and disguise his structural weakness by forcing him into a shape, but, in doing so we would only succeed in covering up rather than curing his deep rooted problem.

Are you sitting squiffy?

Photo 4. One-sidedness, built up by left or right hind dominance, not only twists the horse’s spine and pelvis, stressing the muscular skeletal system, it forces the rider to sit crookedly. The rider is being pushed into her right stirrup by her left hind driving horse. Photo 5. One would expect that if the rider is, 'trained' to sit straight, it would have a knock on effect on the horse’s way-of-going. Nice thought, but in reality they don’t have enough weight, or strength, to counteract the weight and strength of the horse's one-sidedness.
ART realigns both horse and rider simultaneously to the dissolved one-sidedness allowing the body's original designed to spring back into action without stress or strain. These photos show the progress in this partnership during six months. Now both horse and rider are calm, straight and forward and we are starting to introduce lateral work.

Andy says: “ART is so easy and different to any training I have ever come across and I believe it will revolutionise training in the future. It has resolved so many issues for me. It gives the most careful consideration to all the different factors involved in crookedness. It then shows you through simple exercises how, by “unfixing” rather than “fixing” horse and rider, crookedness gradually crystallizes out more and more up to a point where it dissolves and solves itself."