Equestrian sport: myths and reality

The first steps of an inexperienced horse to bascule
In previous articles, we talked about horse basculation, methods for its development in keys and impulse hunger. But what if the horse is young, its skills are not enough not…

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Motivation, punishment and encouragement
Motivation is a very important factor in the training of both people and animals. Many animals, especially dogs, are easily motivated for training - here the “pushing” moment is the…

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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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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

How beautiful and successful to go through the brood

Serious tournaments involve broods the day before the competition (and sometimes after, for example, between cross-country and show jumping in eventing). Your task is to take the horse in a straight line at a trot so that judges can make a conclusion about his health and readiness for the loads by the movements of your four-legged partner. And even if your horse is really healthy, it still does not guarantee successful passage of the test.

There are many cases when couples “turned around” at the brood before the competition because of their unsuccessful self-serve. It is easy for judges to confuse a healthy horse with a limping horse when it is pulled or when it cannot run in a straight line from fright. Therefore, it is very important to make a good Continue reading

Create the perfect gallop

You have probably heard that when buying a horse, first of all, you need to pay attention to the gallop and step, as these are natural gaiters, and it is extremely difficult to improve their work, unlike a lynx. But what if the horse is there, but there is no gallop? We use slopes with maximum benefit for the development of the most complex gait.

Earlier, we talked about what you can do on the slopes at a step. Now we’ll try to improve the quality of the gallop and some elements performed on this gait with the help of slopes, and also make your horse a little happier.

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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 by course designer Leopold Palacios. The American competitor not only explained in what order obstacles should be overcome, but also described in detail what “pitfalls” riders and their horses might encounter when moving according to a pattern. In addition, Kent Farrington on his example shared information on how to spend the most rational 45 seconds that are given to each rider to familiarize the horse with the route to the intersection of the start line.

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Correct Fit Exercises

When I just started learning to ride, I had problems with the position of the body. All my instructors constantly told me that I needed to sit straight, but it was physically difficult for me to do this. However, some time later, I was fortunate enough to work with Cindy Sidnor, a rider and examiner for the certification program for instructors of the Equestrian Federation of the United States. After several workouts, I found that it was not the case, but the wrong position of the hip angle. I “tucked” the pelvis under myself and therefore could not sit straight. Cindy helped me align the position of the pelvis, after which I not only sat smoother and deeper in the saddle, but also was able to more correctly distribute my weight, pulling down the heel. My ride immediately noticeably improved. Continue reading

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