My name is Marijke de Jong, founder of Straightness Training and the Straightness Training Academy. I live in Amsterdam - the Netherlands and I coach ST Instructors all around the world who are specialize in Straightness Training.
With online videos, eBooks, memberships, and clinics I share my experience thoughts and insights and explain the meaning and usefulness of the various gymnastic exercises to benefit the horse.
My Straightness Training Academy aims to form a world wide professional group of loyal and dedicated horse trainers and instructors to the cause of improving health, joy and beauty in working with horses based on the principles of Straightness Training.
Straightness training is so much more than simply dressage. It is a joy to travel this path all the way up to an exercise like levade, which I find the summum of straightness training so far. In this exercise the horse carries all his weight – and that of the rider – on his hind legs only.
To be able to do all this with a my horse Maestro – once a horse that was misunderstood by humans and who did not understand what he was supposed to do at all – is wonderful. Maestro and I have traveled such a long road but we enjoy our performances in art together now.
When I thought about this, I realized that many more riders and horses could be helped and reach much higher levels than they now expect to be capable of.
This made me decide to develop my general website about Straightness Triaining: http://www.StraightnessTraining.com. It is designed for riders that want to discover everything about Natural Asymmetry and Straightness Training that results in a physical, mental and emotional healthy horse and rider!
The great demand for education and training in Straightness Training inspired me to create this ST Academy (http://www.straightnesstrainingacademy.com) which now has thousands of members from all over the world. And through the help of the Straightness Training Instructors and Straightness Training Evaluators we now can help thousands of riders and horses in more than 40 countries worldwide.
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