In the process of sports work with a horse of any specialization, conflict situations arise periodically, which must be resolved with the greatest efficiency and least loss. In order to fully reveal the potential of a competitive horse, and often to correct weaknesses (there is no ideal competitive horse by nature), sufficient work experience, a good “instinct” of a specialist and, of course, competent training are necessary.
In almost all equestrian sports, horses have to perform unnatural movements. The show jumping in its modern design certainly can not be attributed to the natural and natural manifestations of motor activity of the horse. Not one, even the most gifted in the hopping sense of a wild horse, dreamed of such jumping capabilities that even a middle-class competitive fighter demonstrates. Continue reading
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