Motivation for learning.
When teaching any horse what you want, you must have motivation. Horses will not want to learn or show skills without good motivation. And the motivation you propose should be…

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The basics of neurophysiology to help trainers and riders
The central nervous system is responsible for the movements and posture of a person. This is an indisputable fact in neurophysiology. But the usual misconception, riders and sports trainers, is…

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Learning to work without stirrups
Riding without stirrups can significantly improve your fit, however, only if you work correctly without experiencing insecurity and not only thinking about staying in the saddle. In this article you…

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vertical stirrups

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Ludger Berbaum: “We must find a balance between rules, sanctions and reality”

One of the topics on the agenda of the General Assembly of the International Club of Competitors (IJRC) in Rotterdam. Athletes became concerned about their vulnerability to the IOC sports laws regarding the detection of prohibited substances in horse blood.

Riders said that insecurity at the stable (that is, the risk of accidental ingestion of a prohibited substance, intentional or unintentional, as, for example, in the case of synephrine that got into the blood of horses through hay, which was fed at an FEI-approved tournament in Carmona) is a big problem for athletes and their teams, since any such precedent means that it comes with severe sanctions and serious consequences: suspension of the right to speak for a horse or athlete, the need to return a medal or prizes in any case Continue reading

The first impression of the pair is what dressage judges pay attention to

Untidy appearance, rude work with hands, clamped fit – do not even hope that all this will go unnoticed in the diagram. As soon as the rider appears on the battlefield, he immediately undergoes a thorough, even if not intentional, analysis of a specialist. And what exactly makes up the first impression of the rider and how not to shock the judges in the negative sense of the word, Yuri Romanov, judge of the international category 4 *, told us.
Yuri notes that the most important rule of every judge is the “first time” rule. Whatever the famous horseman, no matter what reputation he possesses, the judge must remain unbiased and give ratings as if every time a completely new, completely unknown person appears before him. Continue reading

Tennessee horse

46 years of torture of a unique breed of horses justified by the state.

If we look at the description of this breed, it will be said that the Tennessee Walking Horse was bred in Tennessee in the mid-1930s. A walking horse is a gentle and intelligent animal, obedient and well-meaning. The gaits characteristic of the Tennessee pacer are congenital smooth amble, frisky amble and gallop.
Both amble are free four-stroke movements with a high extension of the front legs. When moving, the horse nods its head to the beat of the movement, and the hind legs step on the front tracks. Between themselves amblers differ in pace. Frisky amble is very fast and is often used in show rings. Horses develop this gait at long distances up to 13 km / h, and at short – up to 24 km / h.

But at what cost is this spectacular gait, considered the national treasure of America ?! Continue reading

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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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Common landing problems
So, landing problems can be divided into four groups: problems of the arms, legs, body, and “head” (that is, the direction of view). Let's talk about them individually. 1. Landing…

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Equestrian Driving
In recent years, experts have noted the complication of all sports disciplines that are characteristic of equestrian driving competitions. Tests for dressing, obstacles at a marathon and parkour are becoming…

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Caucasian National Horse Games
The peoples of the Caucasus have always been distinguished by great love for the horse. This animal was for them both a means of transportation along difficult mountain roads, and…

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