How it began...
One day, I met my horse Maestro.
Maestro is a Dutch warmblood, born in 1994, and he was 7 years old when our paths crossed. He was such a sweet horse on the ground but super complicated under saddle. His natural asymmetry, and the fact that this had not been recognized before, made it almost impossible to ride him.
With this special horse, I started my Straightness Training journey and this led us all the way to performing piaffe and more. But more importantly, thanks to Straightness Training (ST), I succeeded in resolving Maestro’s physical imbalance which was the cause of all the issues.
We traveled such a long road, and it is an absolute privilege to share my personal path to mastery with the amazing ST Community. To pass on the ST wisdom and experience to other horse lovers who struggle with their own 'Maestro' is very special.
Thanks to Straightness Training, riders and horses can overcome their obstacles and reach much higher levels than they currently think they are capable of!
Fast forward to 2009
The year, I started spreading ST worldwide.
In December 2009, I started sharing my knowledge, skills, and experience of Straightness Training with the world.
At that time, online teaching was absolutely not an obvious thing to do in the equestrian world. And not only did I start to teach online... but also in English!
People said I was making a fool of myself... messing up words, speaking with this shameful accent... You see, I live in Portugal, but was born in the Netherlands, and in the Dutch culture, you don't dare to stick your neck out above ground level or you risk your head being cut off!
In this video you can hear more about it:
How I can help
Enjoy my "Golden Oldie" course for one Euro
This course is over a decade old, but hey, the knowledge of the Old Grandmasters is centuries old! So this makes me think the four lessons in this course are valuable to reshare with you.
And if you can get past the idea that only "the latest and the greatest" counts, you will quickly realize this is a special course, as this is one of the courses I was talking about in the earlier video. In fact, it's the very first course that I created to start teaching Straightness Training online and in English.
It includes the logical steps that make Straightness Training easily available and understandable regardless of your level of starting knowledge, whether that might just involve filling in gaps or answering questions, or starting from scratch.Enjoy the Kick STart Course for € 1 »
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