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Straight & Supple Training Level 1 Course Outline
Course Outline – Straight & Supple Training – Level 1
Module 1 – An Introduction to Classical Equitation & Lightness: The History of the Art
- Summary of How Horses Learn, Feel & Communicate Course
- Risks & fallout of the use of aversive stimuli
- Observation of equine body language and emotional thresholds
- The use of Systematic Desensitisation & Counter Conditioning (SD&CC) protocols to shift fear-producing aversive stimuli in a more positive and appetitive direction
- What exactly is Classical Equitation?
- The foundation principles and theory behind Classical Equitation
- A journey through time over 2500 years – the history of Classical Equitation
- Why is correctly trained classical dressage of benefit to the horse compared to modern dressage?
Module 2 – Classical Equitation & Lightness: A Modern Science-based Art
- Explores the present day within modern-day equine training
- Looks at where the future of Classical horse training is heading
- Uncovers various myths about what has historically been believed to be true
- A look at horses within their natural ethogram
- The application of a modern growing tapestry of change in classical horse training
Module 3 – Equine Asymmetry & Imbalance
- How and why every horse is naturally asymmetrical
- How and why this impacts their ability to remain balanced in a good, healthy posture
- Falls in on circles/bridle lameness/leans on one rein/struggles to canter etc.
- The different areas of asymmetry
- The Optimum Balance Point and Centre of Gravity
- The need to help our horses to use their bodies with good posture/balance/to become straight if we want to ride them
Module 4 – Equine Anatomy & Balance
- The outcome of not addressing the asymmetry and imbalances in our horses is damage to the body in the longer term
- Introducing Straight & Supple Training
- How it helps to solve these physical issues through gymnastic training
- The spinal column
- Ligaments and muscles
- The joints of the hind leg
- The muscles of the hind quarters
- The topline and the underline muscles
- Perfection does not exist!
Module 5 – Straight & Supple Training – The Target Areas Producing Balance & Symmetry
- Straight & Supple theory and principles
- How do we go about strengthening the horses’ body to develop balance in all the areas of imbalance?
- Introduction of the Target Areas of focus, what are they and how do they fit together to achieve balance
- The end result of developing these Target Areas is a balanced, straight horse