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
“Sports of kings and the king of sports” – this is how fans of polo speak about their favorite game. This activity cannot be called massive, because polo can be considered one of the most expensive sports – you can still ask a golfer how much his club costs, but asking a polo player about his spending on the game is considered bad form. Despite this, until 1936 (Olympics in Berlin), polo was part of the Olympic program and gathered a huge number of spectators, which is not surprising, because it is a very spectacular sport. Now the polo remains the lot of the aristocracy and the “powerful of this world”, nevertheless, attracting many connoisseurs of fans of this exceptional spectacle to the stands of fans.
Polo is not a game for the weak. It is difficult to imagine an adult, who never sat on a horse, for this occupation. The game should become a way of life from a young age – to be born with a “silver spoon in the Continue reading
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 my head into my arms. We constantly struggle to work in the best frame. What to do to encourage the horse to move not in front?
Answer. Most horses are more or less inclined to lean on the front. Assuming that your horse does not have any problems with the exterior or health, you can say that the right training will help you, thanks to which he will find the right balance. For my part, I can offer you some exercises. They will induce the horse to shift the weight back and move ahead of the shankels, which will undoubtedly positively affect its balance. Continue reading