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Klaus Schoneich Clinic/ Seminar a Success!

posted Jun 28, 2014, 11:05 PM by The Administrator   [ updated Aug 9, 2014, 11:29 AM ]

The Sacramento Valley CDS Chapter sponsored the 'Straightening the Crooked Horse Clinic' with Klaus Schoneich on June 11 through 16.  The 4 hour educational seminar on the first day was well received and attended by over 40 people.   Numerous auditors attended the sessions throughout the remaining days of the clinic.  10 horses of a wide variety of ages, training and breeds were worked twice a day for up to 20 minutes on each day of the clinic.  Klaus, who celebrated his 79th birthday with us during the clinic,  enthusiastically engaged the many questions of the attendees and auditors alike.  Special thanks to SVC members Teree and Rick Castanias for hosting the clinic at their farm.  Also thanks to SVC members who volunteered their time to help make this educational opportunity a success.


 In June, Teree Castanias opened her private facility for the Klaus Schoneich clinic.  Klaus wrote the book, Straighten the Crooked Horse.  He has perfected his lounging technique to make each horse truly straight. A straight horse has freer movement, and is likely to have fewer riding related injuries.

I entered this clinic because my horse, a 9 year old mustang, was crooked and too heavy in the front.  Klaus’ explained that we are taking the horse from a flight animal with their weight mostly in the front, to a riding animal who needs to push from behind and move their force to the rear.

Klaus had developed a method of longing that guides the horse to connect their outside hind leg to the inside front leg.  This allows the inside hind leg to connect the outside shoulder. The horse learns to push from the rear. When the horse connects the outside hind leg to the inside shoulder, the horse lifts their shoulders and takes equal weight on both shoulders.

There were two key points that I took from this clinic.  Shoulder-in is the key to being straight and always find the diagonal.

As I work on straightening my horse when I am riding I must keep my weight back, my seat bones connected and my shoulders down.

Each day I follow the techniques that I learned at this clinic.  My horse is lighter, and relaxed.  At the canter it feels like I am riding a cloud.

In talking with some of the other participants, I would like to attend at least one more straightening clinic to reinforce my understanding.  I would recommend this clinic to anyone who is riding a horse in any discipline.

Lydia Wulfe