Equestrian sport: myths and reality

The pros and cons of field training
My stable is not too chic, but it is functional. I have big safe stalls for my horses, a nice wide ventilation aisle and two great saddle spots right next…

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Four ways to become your coval's favorite customer
Finding a good coval can be a difficult task. The best of them are worth their weight in gold. And if you're lucky enough to find him, here's what you…

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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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Uniform gallop – how to achieve and not lose?

Do you feel that something is wrong during training at a gallop? Elements are carried out very badly, can’t it be possible to calculate the number of tempos in front of the barrier, and does the gait itself look more like chaotic running around than a regular three-stroke gallop? So it’s time to pay attention to the uniformity of movement!

There may be many reasons for the lack of a clear rhythm when galloping, but the most malicious and frequent problems are the lack of conductivity, the horse’s sluggish back-to-back work and insufficient straightforwardness. Whether it is a beginner or an experienced athlete, everyone can face such a problem. Kristina Leonova, a member of the youth team of Russia and a finalist of the European Continue reading

Karl Hester Tips on Horse Training

As your young horse grows older, you need to clearly understand your goal and make adjustments to your work plan. If with a five-year-old horse I try to pay more attention to finding contact through numerous transitions between gait, then at the age of 6, the horse should already be able to carry itself and have a good balance for performing lateral movements.

Tip: It’s always nice to discover your horse’s talent, for example, for flying free movements, but do not dwell on this. Focus on what doesn’t work out so well.

Think ahead
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The first impression of the pair is what dressage judges pay attention to

Untidy appearance, rude work with hands, clamped fit – do not even hope that all this will go unnoticed in the diagram. As soon as the rider appears on the battlefield, he immediately undergoes a thorough, even if not intentional, analysis of a specialist. And what exactly makes up the first impression of the rider and how not to shock the judges in the negative sense of the word, Yuri Romanov, judge of the international category 4 *, told us.
Yuri notes that the most important rule of every judge is the “first time” rule. Whatever the famous horseman, no matter what reputation he possesses, the judge must remain unbiased and give ratings as if every time a completely new, completely unknown person appears before him. Continue reading

History of French mudflow

The breed of French mudflows, or French riding horses, has developed from several breeds since 1958, which gave it the stamina and comprehensive athleticism that its owners appreciate.

In the 19th century, French mares from Normandy with blood lines dating back to the time of William the Conqueror were crossed with purebred horses and Norfolk trotters. Many representatives of the breed were military and harness horses. Such half-breeds were found throughout France.

Only in the XX century, various types of riding horses, such as Charolais, Anglo-Norman and Vandin, were united under one name: French village. Continue reading

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 to correctly evaluate the elements and movement of a horse according to the pattern.

A judge is someone who knows the biomechanics of a horse “from” and “to”; able to their thoughts and convey them to the rider.

A judge is someone who knows by heart the rules of equestrian discipline and has the entire list of qualities necessary for a judge, and believe me, there are many of them! Continue reading

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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Spanish step. Stretching and training in place
We start with a stretch. Just as a person cannot just pick up and do the splits without training, so a horse cannot lift his leg up to the height…

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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…

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Horse runs. History and Modernity
Remote horse racing is becoming increasingly popular in many countries around the world. In recent years, such disciplines as dressage, show jumping and triathlon have been supplemented by additional disciplines…

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