The Pata Parelli Horse and Riding System
Recently, the topic of natural relations with the horse is becoming increasingly popular. There are many new names, schools and even shows. The name of Pat Parelli is one of…

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Riding without stirrups
Exercises without stirrups are designed to improve the fit, help develop the right balance and make the position of the legs deeper and stronger. The rider should try to sit…

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Negative reinforcement in horse training: pros and cons
The phrase “negative reinforcement” often causes misunderstanding. Yes, many people know this term, but hesitate to give it a clear definition. So, let's start from the very beginning: negative reinforcement…

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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

Motivation, punishment and encouragement
Motivation is a very important factor in the training of both people and animals. Many animals, especially dogs, are easily motivated for training - here the “pushing” moment is the…

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The basics of neurophysiology to help trainers and riders
The central nervous system is responsible for the movements and posture of a person. This is an indisputable fact in neurophysiology. But the usual misconception, riders and sports trainers, is…

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Horses that bite
Many horses are far from seriously biting aggressively. But any horse that bites is potentially dangerous to communicate with and work with. All horses can be made to think that…

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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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