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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
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
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