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Carola Beekman replied to the topic 'Strategies for sleeping' in the forum. 07/07/2016

Thank you, I will forward it to the parents.
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Carola Beekman created a new topic ' Strategies for sleeping' in the forum. 07/03/2016

Hi everybody,

Could use some imput please. A mom of a kid (3y, non verbal) coming to my playdates is really challenged to put her boy to sleep. It takes about 2 hours each night. Dad doesn't have the patience so it si mom 7 nights a week. He is restless, moves around, kicks, hits mom when she tries to hold him. He sleeps in the parents bed, they gave up his own bed for now.

They already tried these things:
A calm routine, same every night
a calming light that projects on the ceiling (climbed the closet and got the device and inspected how it works)
deep pressure from hugs with mom

Any ideas how to help them, would be really helpful,

TNX, Carola
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Carola Beekman replied to the topic 'Stiff one sided horse, what can I do?' in the forum. 05/10/2016

Every horse is laterally asymmetric, so slightly bended to the left or right from head to tail. Withe that a concave side with shorter muscles and a convex with longer muscles. This lateral bend can be a slight one or a bigger one and the difference can also become bigger due to work and training.
The good news is that training can also make the horse more symmetrical. In hand work, lunging and riding can help to stretch and strenghen the muscles on both sides.

In lunging make sure when using side reins, the inside rein is slightly shorter so the horse looks slightly in and curls in a concave shape around you, stretching the musles on the outside. The horse will then step under his body with the inside hindleg, which in his turn will teach the horse to bend the hindlegs and carry weight/ push for speed more equally with both hindlegs. Asymmetry in the hindlegs is another factor in going skew in stead of straight.

With in hand work you can use the standstill exercises: forward down, stelling and bending to left and right. Walk in circles, shoulder fore, shoulder in, haunches in ect.

And in riding you can also train in circles, shoulder fore, shoulder in, haunches in ect.

Train a bit more to the stiffer side to make the horse more symmetric. So when your horse is reluctant to bend to the left, I would suggest to do all exercises left-right-left.

Have fun training, les us know how you're getting on and we are happy to help you along!
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