A small but important explanation of the significance of the ground in the preparation of a show jumping horse. The horse’s desire to jump is largely determined by its confidence in its capabilities. The animal does not have analytical skills. Everything in her head is simple, even primitive. If her legs on the repulsion get stuck in the sand, she will conclude that she does not have enough strength to jump. If he stumbles, it’s dangerous to jump. If the soil is bad systematically, the horse will lose faith in itself at the end. Systematic neglect of soil quality leads to the loss of a horse for sport. And above all, in her own head.
Therefore, there are several objective indicators of soil that judges use when evaluating them. Continue reading
Everything that is done in training is done with one goal – to successfully compete in competitions. But in which? What level? And when?!!! The choice of competitions for a young horse in our country is often made according to one of two simplified principles: according to age and strength capabilities. Meanwhile, both principles are dangerous, because invented for those who do not have sufficient qualifications in planning a horse’s sports career, but who do not want to miss a lot. They are dangerous in that there are several typical and frequently encountered situations where these simple laws do not work, and even give the opposite effect.
Instead of describing the weaknesses of these principles, we will describe the correct competition selection system, and only then we will correlate it with age and power selection.
In the West, the challenges facing a sports horse at the beginning of a career are different from leadership. This is the way Western horse breeding works so that all horses of sports breeding are able to jump a separate obstacle 150 cm high already in three years in sprintgarten, and in five years under saddle. Therefore, it is foolish to be measured at 110-120 cm by force and speed. This is done by pembrake and amateurs. Continue reading
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 only to overcome the keys, it doesn’t have a baskling yet?
A young horse can be compared to a young tree. If initially it is not planted evenly and does not support growth in the right direction, it will grow crooked, and when the trunk gains strength, it will be impossible to change anything.
The same thing happens with the young horse’s bascule technique. Making the first jumps over tiny obstacles, the horse does not know anything about this technique, cannot assess the future prospects of his movements in a situation with higher barriers. When overcoming obstacles of 20-40 cm, vicious actions from the point of view of high-altitude show jumping can also be effective. And to fix in the mind Continue reading