First hand report about the ARR Crookedness Therapy (summary)

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: PRODUCTS / TIPS / OFFERS



Hungarian Warm blood ‘Bim’, born 1994 (17 years old) – Period of training: 16th of September 2011 until 10th of January 2012

I own Bim since 2007 and before that she has not been ridden regularly for at least 2 to 3 years. I didn’t know a lot about horsemanship myself and the first two years I only rode for leisure. In 2009 I decided to take (dressage) lessons which definitely improved the rideability. I read many books and tried to transform my knowledge into practice. Which wasn’t as easy as I had expected. Bim was generally willing to work but with certain requirements she just “blocked”. We fought against impurities in rhythm, problems with the right rein canter and a misbalance in all gaits.

Neither replacing and padding the saddle by different saddlers, the change to bare hoof nor the groundwork of eight weeks helped. I was frustrated and felt like stopping with horsebackriding as I was trying so hard and nothing seemed to help. Then I ran across the book “The Crookedness Therapy” and visited a course in Austria (without horse). After that I decided to bring Bim to the Schöneich’s.

Period of training

I visited Bim five times during the whole period. It does take a while till one gets the eye for the movement and understands the method, but it is worth the effort: so far I haven’t experienced a method this effective and fair leading to an upward swinging back and increased back quarter activity.

Every day Bim was on the paddock with other horses, got fed three times a day, was cleaned and checked daily and trained six times a week.

On my day of arrival Mr. Schöneich did a first analysis of Bim and videotaped her. By means of the outcomes he explained to me that she is a typical righty (which I wouldn’t have guessed), but also that her fur was dull, her hooves very small, the trapezius muscle atrophied and that first knee problems could be seen. The teeth grinding was obvious.

After three weeks Mrs. Rachen-Schöneich called and informed me that Bim’s gait was improving well but that her muscles were building up inadequately. By means of a blood count a worm infestation could be diagnosed which was treated successfully. After the treatment Bim’s muscles started building up normally.

After five weeks of training I went to the centre myself. I was surprised to see how Bim’s build as well as her temper had improved. She was more even-tempered and self-confident. Whereas she had been “stamping” in a circle five weeks ago, she was now “floating”.

I started with the training on the lunge which was pretty difficult in the beginning but surely improved every day. The last day I could even enjoy an short instruction into the right seat and so feel how the horse moves now!

After eight weeks I came to visit Bim again. Then I saw Martin Hänni riding her for the first time. He explained to me that Bim was tends to lean onto one shoulder and that she hasn’t been very happy under saddle in the beginning. It would also take some more time until was she had learned would be steady. Meanwhile I practiced the training on the lunge and got more lessons for the right seat on the horse. This also wasn’t easy and I had to note that I neither had seat that was “target-aimed” (à relieving the shoulder) nor “rein independent”. Many thanks to Mrs. Rachen-Schöneich for the clear and comprehensible instructions and the guidance to a correct seat!


In the meantime Bim had troubles with her eyes and a white discharge out of her nose (especially after movement). She was treated by the vet and Dr. Wolters acupunctured her whereupon her movement energy improved and her gait became more spirited. Bim’S engisch saddle was padded by Mr. Hubertus after which it finally fit.

After eleven weeks I went to the centre again. This time I started to ride freely with instructions from Martin Hänni and Mr. Schöneich. The implementation of the newly learned lessons was pretty difficult but improved from day to day.


After sixteen weeks I came to the centre for the last time and would take my horse home with me afterwards. I was very motivated and felt well prepared for the training at home.

In the end I had to realize that my horse had been missing the basics, which are necessary for a horse to be ridden, from the beginning on. As a recreational rider I wasn’t aware of that. With the ARR crookedness therapy my horse got the basis it needed and I got the tools to maintain it. Now it is on me!

At home

Now the challenge lies in not falling back into old behavioral patterns, for myself as much as for my horse. The next “self-check” will be the next course in Austria!


I hope that many horse owners and trainers will get to know and understand this system and its basis. Why this training is not more popular or why (official) trainers aren’t more interested in it, I do not understand. The – apparent – success and satisfied horses show the value of the ARR method.


Many thanks to Gabriele Rachen-Schöneich, Klaus Schöneich and Martin Hänni. I can only encourage anyone who is dealing with horses (horse owners, trainers, vets, saddlers, farriers, therapists…etc) to look into this training method and by considering the anatomical and biomechanical principles of horses create a basis for a healthy riding horse

5th of February 2012

Andrea Ungersbäck



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