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
Two opportunities to get the most out of yourself.
My partner Marc and I founded the international Straightness Training Academy in 2013 with the goal of helping riders create an amazing relationship and magnificent life with their horses - wherever they are in the world.
Since then, we have coached thousands of riders individually and in groups to improve their horsemanship and training skills, their horse's well-being, and their own lives.
The ST Academy offers three programs. The 8-weeks Get STarted, the Scholars membership, as well as the Instructor certification.The ST Academy Programs »
Straightness Training helps your horse to go from impossible to "I'm possible"
From a 'Problem' Horse
When a horse is out of balance, we face all kinds of challenges with our horse, such as rearing.
To a 'Normal' Horse
When our horse is back on track, we can do all the normal things together, like a ride in the forest.
To a 'Talented' Horse
When nothing is holding us back, then what once was used against us, is now working for us.
Hear what riders are saying about Marijke's online programs:
A little about me