How an amateur rider can overcome fear in favor of concentration
Trainer Annette Paterakis shared the story of her student Katie McNair to show how amateur riders can gain confidence. Katie faced concentration problems that led the rider to disappointing results…

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Training young competitors. Victories do not come immediately.
The preparation and formation of an athlete in any sport almost never falls under the scale of once and for all certain methods. Especially in equestrian sports, where an athlete…

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Karl Hester Tips on Horse Training
As your young horse grows older, you need to clearly understand your goal and make adjustments to your work plan. If with a five-year-old horse I try to pay more…

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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

Uniform gallop – how to achieve and not lose?

Do you feel that something is wrong during training at a gallop? Elements are carried out very badly, can’t it be possible to calculate the number of tempos in front of the barrier, and does the gait itself look more like chaotic running around than a regular three-stroke gallop? So it’s time to pay attention to the uniformity of movement!

There may be many reasons for the lack of a clear rhythm when galloping, but the most malicious and frequent problems are the lack of conductivity, the horse’s sluggish back-to-back work and insufficient straightforwardness. Whether it is a beginner or an experienced athlete, everyone can face such a problem. Kristina Leonova, a member of the youth team of Russia and a finalist of the European Continue reading

History of French mudflow

The breed of French mudflows, or French riding horses, has developed from several breeds since 1958, which gave it the stamina and comprehensive athleticism that its owners appreciate.

In the 19th century, French mares from Normandy with blood lines dating back to the time of William the Conqueror were crossed with purebred horses and Norfolk trotters. Many representatives of the breed were military and harness horses. Such half-breeds were found throughout France.

Only in the XX century, various types of riding horses, such as Charolais, Anglo-Norman and Vandin, were united under one name: French village. Continue reading

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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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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Jumping Horse Career Planning. Competition level selection
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…

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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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