ST. LEONHARD SYSTEM
Always pushing for a next level in her work with horses, Myriam reached a dead end 10 years ago when she was working with a specifically difficult horse – hitting this wall as she once described it paired with her relentless drive to resolve the horse human relationship in an equitable way she faced the defining crisis of her riding career – she would either give up riding altogether or find a new way forward – without breaking a horse or herself. True to Winston Churchill’s dictum “to never let a good crisis go to waste” Myriam re-examined her complete riding technique up to this point. Putting everything into question she revisited first principles in physics and the effects of gravitational forces in motion. Blessed with the detail of having an architect as a life partner and his colleagues eager to help the desperate and radical investigation quickly reached the fertile grounds of classical mechanics, advanced kinematics and biomechanics.
The new insights led Myriam to develop the St.Leonhard belt and along with it’s integration in her work a whole new way for riders to connect with their horses and transmit the foundational concepts. The St.Leonhard belt is an innovative aide in riding that allows novel forms of communication and intervention. Riders get the key messages efficiently across while at the same time inflicting zero harm and protecting the horses sensitive mouth.
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it;
the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V