Equestrian sport: myths and reality

The development of basculation. The method of impulse hunger.
In the previous article, “Baskulation and the Basque. Do not confuse the concept ”we have described the biomechanical principle and the exceptional practical importance of basque in the show jumping,…

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Learning to work without stirrups
Riding without stirrups can significantly improve your fit, however, only if you work correctly without experiencing insecurity and not only thinking about staying in the saddle. In this article you…

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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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Learning to work without stirrups

Riding without stirrups can significantly improve your fit, however, only if you work correctly without experiencing insecurity and not only thinking about staying in the saddle. In this article you will find tips on how to train without stirrups in order to improve the interaction between you and the horse, as well as how to improve your riding skills without stirrups on fast gait and during overcoming low obstacles.


Before you start riding without stirrups, we will need to take care of several things.

First, make sure that you are in the right, balanced position in the saddle. If you are unbalanced with stirrups, then without them it will not be more convenient for you. Sitting in the correct position, with stirrups of suitable length, Continue reading

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 problems: hands

The main reason why the horse does not move or does not hear the rider in the turn, shakes his head, resists and does not understand the commands, often become hands. Since the rider’s hands directly affect the horse’s mouth, it’s very easy for the rider to confuse the horse with an awkward effect, not letting him know what exactly the rider wants. How not to be a hindrance for a horse? Continue reading

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, together with her main big-priest horse, Dialess, she takes 74th place in the world ranking. The athlete has extensive experience working with mares, it is she who knows how to find an approach to capricious ladies and reveal their talent! We managed to talk about this and not only with Tatyana.

What features of working with mares can you highlight? What exactly cannot be allowed in working with them and what secret about the approach to them you can reveal. Continue reading

How to lower the heel down?

From the first day in the saddle, the rider is told “hold your heels down,” and from that moment on, the rider painfully tries to keep his heels down and presses them with force below the stirrup. Is this right, and why do we need to keep the heels down?

Heel Down:

– Increases the contact area of ​​the leg with the horse, which improves the impact of controls.

– Focuses the weight of the rider in the lower body. The heel lowered down serves as a support for finding the necessary balance in the saddle when the horse moves.

– Prevents slipping of the foot through the stirrup.

– Demonstrates flexibility and, therefore, the ability to perform the functions of a shock absorber. Continue reading

How an amateur rider can overcome fear in favor of concentration

Trainer Annette Paterakis shared the story of her student Katie McNair to show how amateur riders can gain confidence.

Katie faced concentration problems that led the rider to disappointing results in the competition. Moreover, as a mother, it was difficult for her to distribute time and attention between family and horses. However, her story shows that you can find a balance between the areas of your life and at the same time achieve success in sports.

Annette Katie was advised by her trainer, Sally Amsterdamer. Katie returned to the saddle after a break, which she took for the sake of arranging her Continue reading

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