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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How beautiful and successful to go through the brood
Serious tournaments involve broods the day before the competition (and sometimes after, for example, between cross-country and show jumping in eventing). Your task is to take the horse in a…

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Basic exercise to develop horse stability in front of an obstacle
Description of the exercise: tips from the poles in front of the obstacle in the form of a cross and a pole adjacent to it. It is necessary to place…

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Create the perfect gallop

You have probably heard that when buying a horse, first of all, you need to pay attention to the gallop and step, as these are natural gaiters, and it is extremely difficult to improve their work, unlike a lynx. But what if the horse is there, but there is no gallop? We use slopes with maximum benefit for the development of the most complex gait.

Earlier, we talked about what you can do on the slopes at a step. Now we’ll try to improve the quality of the gallop and some elements performed on this gait with the help of slopes, and also make your horse a little happier.

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Competitors Note: View the Nations Cup route at Spruce Meadows with Kent Farrington

At the Nations Cup stage as part of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament in Calgary, Canada, Kent Farrington provided a complete overview of the entire distance of the route designed by course designer Leopold Palacios. The American competitor not only explained in what order obstacles should be overcome, but also described in detail what “pitfalls” riders and their horses might encounter when moving according to a pattern. In addition, Kent Farrington on his example shared information on how to spend the most rational 45 seconds that are given to each rider to familiarize the horse with the route to the intersection of the start line.

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Correct Fit Exercises

When I just started learning to ride, I had problems with the position of the body. All my instructors constantly told me that I needed to sit straight, but it was physically difficult for me to do this. However, some time later, I was fortunate enough to work with Cindy Sidnor, a rider and examiner for the certification program for instructors of the Equestrian Federation of the United States. After several workouts, I found that it was not the case, but the wrong position of the hip angle. I “tucked” the pelvis under myself and therefore could not sit straight. Cindy helped me align the position of the pelvis, after which I not only sat smoother and deeper in the saddle, but also was able to more correctly distribute my weight, pulling down the heel. My ride immediately noticeably improved. Continue reading

Common landing problems
So, landing problems can be divided into four groups: problems of the arms, legs, body, and “head” (that is, the direction of view). Let's talk about them individually. 1. Landing…

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Spanish step. Training in the hands in motion. Training on horseback.
For the next step, it is necessary that the horse is able to actively step forward if you are promoting it for an occasion under the chin, moving side by…

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Acceptable Punishment Methods
The first and most effective way of punishment is additional work - you can additionally load the horse with work to make it clear that the more she stubbornly, the…

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From the history of riding
At different times horses were trained differently. Here is some information about how and what the Hittites, Greeks taught horses. And also what the Romans taught fighting horses and what…

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