Learning to work without stirrups
Riding without stirrups can significantly improve your fit, however, only if you work correctly without experiencing insecurity and not only thinking about staying in the saddle. In this article you…

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Spanish step. Stretching and training in place
We start with a stretch. Just as a person cannot just pick up and do the splits without training, so a horse cannot lift his leg up to the height…

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The first impression of the pair is what dressage judges pay attention to
Untidy appearance, rude work with hands, clamped fit - do not even hope that all this will go unnoticed in the diagram. As soon as the rider appears on the…

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Dressage: How to get a referee category?

Anyone can try to become a judge – the road is open to everyone. But it is worth remembering that a dressage judge is not only one who knows how to correctly evaluate the elements and movement of a horse according to the pattern.

A judge is someone who knows the biomechanics of a horse “from” and “to”; able to their thoughts and convey them to the rider.

A judge is someone who knows by heart the rules of equestrian discipline and has the entire list of qualities necessary for a judge, and believe me, there are many of them! Continue reading

The most interesting thing is under the hat

Recently, you will not surprise anyone in our country with a hat on a horse’s head. It is beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, and therefore even amateurs put them on to their pets. However, in professional sports, the appearance of horse hats has a purely practical meaning. The most interesting thing is happening under the hat, which only covers up all this disgrace.

When performing in conditions of increased noise, horses insert specialized earplugs into their ears. And to prevent their loss, put on a hat. Of course, the horse looks more attractive without gaping earplugs, but this role of the horse’s headgear is secondary.

The purpose of using tampons is to reduce the noise perceived by the horse. This is especially important when performing in closed rooms with aggressive acoustics or simply with a large crowd of people. Sound for the horse is annoying. So at the 2008 Olympics, the rider herself explained the reason for Biz Biz Madden being Continue reading

The first steps of an inexperienced horse to bascule
In previous articles, we talked about horse basculation, methods for its development in keys and impulse hunger. But what if the horse is young, its skills are not enough not…

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Dressage: How to get a referee category?
Anyone can try to become a judge - the road is open to everyone. But it is worth remembering that a dressage judge is not only one who knows how…

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Tatyana Kosterina on working with mares, pirouettes and not only
Today our guest is Tatyana Kosterina, a Nizhny Novgorod horsewoman based in Germany. Tatyana is a world-class master of sports in dressage, a prize-winner and winner of many international competitions,…

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Exercises for heavy horses in front
Question. I rent a half-blooded 14-year-old. We have a great time in the fields, but when I take dressage lessons, it becomes incredibly heavy in front, shifting the weight of…

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