How to lower the heel down?
From the first day in the saddle, the rider is told “hold your heels down,” and from that moment on, the rider painfully tries to keep his heels down and…

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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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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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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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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 upright, exactly on both ischial bones, without leaning back. The leg is stretched down, slightly turned outward from the thigh so that the schenkel is pressed to the side of the horse, and the knee does not cling to the saddle.

riding without stirrups
The rider does not sit motionless in the saddle; he constantly moves with the horse. If these movements are synchronous, it creates the feeling that the rider is static. However, this is only an external illusion, so the rider must relax, move with the horse, and not try to freeze and maintain a motionless picture landing. The loin Continue reading

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 can be perfectly prepared, but without a horse does not represent anything. Therefore, despite the fact that the stated positions have a serious theoretical and practical foundation, this review does not pretend to be a prescription tutorial on the production of competitors.

First of all, the child’s abilities are an indisputable argument in choosing a sport. However, in order for these abilities to manifest themselves, objective conditions are necessary for their identification. In equestrian sports, the influx of young people often depends on the proximity of the equestrian organization to their home and, especially now, on the financial capabilities of their parents or sponsors. Unfortunately, this is a sport in which it is very difficult for a gifted but financially weak child to break through at least to the level of a master of sports. The view is simply expensive, and if a capable junior goes into adult equestrian sport, the cost of promoting it will increase enormously. All this greatly reduces the ability of just talented guys to break out into equestrian sports. If we ignore this, then what abilities should appear in a child who wants to engage in show jumping? Continue reading

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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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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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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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…

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