The pros and cons of field training
My stable is not too chic, but it is functional. I have big safe stalls for my horses, a nice wide ventilation aisle and two great saddle spots right next…

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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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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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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 straight line at a trot so that judges can make a conclusion about his health and readiness for the loads by the movements of your four-legged partner. And even if your horse is really healthy, it still does not guarantee successful passage of the test.

There are many cases when couples “turned around” at the brood before the competition because of their unsuccessful self-serve. It is easy for judges to confuse a healthy horse with a limping horse when it is pulled or when it cannot run in a straight line from fright. Therefore, it is very important to make a good Continue reading

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

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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Equestrian sport: myths and reality
1. Equestrian sport is the most dangerous sport. Any sport increases the risk of injury. Equestrian sport is no exception. Absolutely avoiding falls will not work. Not a single sporting…

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Effect of soil quality on horse jumping skills
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…

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Horse Games
Horse Relays Competitions of teams to overcome obstacles with any precondition: transfer of a whip from one rider to another, touch, re-seat with one saddle, start from a fenced area,…

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