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…

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Effect of soil quality on horse jumping skills
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…

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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…

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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, etc.
Many of the competitions described are held on ponies. They involve children from 3 to 11 years old. For example, pony jumping, pony jumping, pony vaulting, etc.

Extremely spectacular folk horse games. Temperamental, full of sports glow, they have a long history. In Continue reading

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 better than the others that the horse can find. For example, if your horse is “companionable”, your motivation should be stronger than her buddies calling her from the stable or from the nearest pasture. Otherwise, all her attention will be directed not at you, but at her friends, and you will lose control.

When choosing any type of motivation to work with a horse on the ground or under the saddle, you must first know what a particular type of motivation can give, as well as its weak points. Most of the commonly used motivations now are: food, pain, praise, and pressure. Below I will describe why each type of motivation is good, as well as its weaknesses. Continue reading

From the history of riding

At different times horses were trained differently. Here is some information about how and what the Hittites, Greeks taught horses. And also what the Romans taught fighting horses and what horses were taught in the Middle Ages.

The earliest written information about the care and training of horses was left by Kikkuli, a stable Hittite king, circa 1400 BC. The texts that reached us, written by the Hittite scripts and Babylonian cuneiform on clay tablets, contained detailed instructions on how to follow to tame horses, to look after them and to harness in chariots. Apparently, many of this information was borrowed by the Hittites from the Indians, as evidenced by some special terms and digital data in the Kikkuli treatise on horse breeding. The treatise collects the experience of handling horses accumulated by mankind for many centuries.
Kikkuli, like many modern experts, recommends that at the age of one year the foals be beaten away already at the age of one from free herds, so that under the supervision of a person they gradually get used to the difficult horse weekdays. Continue reading

Basque keys. Clock accuracy
In a previous article, we examined the effect of iron on horse basculation, the choice of which affects the horse technique in the long run. Equally systemically important are the…

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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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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…

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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…

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