Negative reinforcement in horse training: pros and cons
The phrase “negative reinforcement” often causes misunderstanding. Yes, many people know this term, but hesitate to give it a clear definition. So, let's start from the very beginning: negative reinforcement…

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Tatyana Kosterina on working with mares, pirouettes and not only
Today our guest is Tatyana Kosterina, a Nizhny Novgorod horsewoman based in Germany. Tatyana is a world-class master of sports in dressage, a prize-winner and winner of many international competitions,…

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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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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

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 to correctly evaluate the elements and movement of a horse according to the pattern.

A judge is someone who knows the biomechanics of a horse “from” and “to”; able to their thoughts and convey them to the rider.

A judge is someone who knows by heart the rules of equestrian discipline and has the entire list of qualities necessary for a judge, and believe me, there are many of them! Continue reading

Longchamp Racetrack in the Bois de Boulogne

We present to your attention a new, this time Parisian, issue of the blog of our author Daria Ganzya, the most actively moving around cities and countries .

More recently, Dasha visited a cult meeting place for all Parisian horse racing enthusiasts and will now tell you what the beautiful word “Longchamp” really means.
What do you think when you hear the name “Longchamp”? For example, I’m thinking about a fashion brand that has been producing stylish handbags for 70 years in a row, without losing ground. But actually this is not quite the right association. That is completely wrong from the point of view of a person interested in horse racing. Continue reading

Longchamp Racetrack in the Bois de Boulogne
We present to your attention a new, this time Parisian, issue of the blog of our author Daria Ganzya, the most actively moving around cities and countries . More recently,…

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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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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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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…

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