Question. I rent a half-blooded 14-year-old. We have a great time in the fields, but when I take dressage lessons, it becomes incredibly heavy in front, shifting the weight of my head into my arms. We constantly struggle to work in the best frame. What to do to encourage the horse to move not in front?
Answer. Most horses are more or less inclined to lean on the front. Assuming that your horse does not have any problems with the exterior or health, you can say that the right training will help you, thanks to which he will find the right balance. For my part, I can offer you some exercises. They will induce the horse to shift the weight back and move ahead of the shankels, which will undoubtedly positively affect its balance. Continue reading
The phrase “negative reinforcement” often causes misunderstanding. Yes, many people know this term, but hesitate to give it a clear definition.
So, let’s start from the very beginning: negative reinforcement is a learning tool in which painless pressure is applied until the horse responds in the desired way. When the horse answers, the pressure is relieved. Over time, the horse associates this particular reaction with a proper response.
As a simple example of negative reinforcement, you can give an unpleasant sound signal that appears if you do not fasten the seat belt in the car. He will annoy us until we buckle up. If you ride, negative reinforcement is used when you press your legs to the sides of the horse and then release this pressure when it starts trotting. Through the association, the horse learns that the equal pressure of the pendants on both sides of its body means “lynx”.
The horse’s brain is designed to look for associations, regardless of whether they are provided consciously or not. Since Continue reading
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 can do to keep him (or her) on your team. Advice is provided by the sought after American chowler Scott Chandler.
Tip 1. Teach your horse to stand still while working.
Everyone forged wants the horse to behave calmly. Please raise a horse so that the forging does not have to do this. Scott sees that a large number of clients treat their sports horses as pets or as their “stress therapy” after work. “If you want a pet, go get a greyhound,” he said, pointing to me with an empty water bottle. Some owners feed too many treats to calm the horse, instead of teaching her to stand still. The Continue reading
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 to the horse chest. Levada is large and well fortified. My husband made me some barriers. However, I do not have a comfortable riding platform with a fence and ground. Instead, I work on an open grass field.
This is not new to me – for about half of my rider career I did not have an arena. When I first arrived at the DorothyC rowell stables, there was no ground with soil, and we worked and jumped horses on a ground of 20-30 m in diameter between the hills. We jumped over ridges and hillsides. If you have learned how to manage small, then having arrived at the tournament you will appreciate a level ground!
Over the past few years, I only worked horses in fields, levadas, and forest paths. In Ocala, riding in the Continue reading
The central nervous system is responsible for the movements and posture of a person. This is an indisputable fact in neurophysiology. But the usual misconception, riders and sports trainers, is the belief that muscles are responsible for all movements. It is important to understand that muscles do nothing without brain commands: they do not strain, they do not relax.
Muscle control goes in two ways: the first, the ancient – unconscious or automatic, the second – conscious or strong-willed. The first is the ancient structures of the brain – the subcortex, it stores innate and acquired reflexes, the second – the cortex, the young part of the brain, it contains intelligence, learning, will. Most actions in life are performed without hesitation, that is, automatically. The power of automatism is great, it always helps a person to survive in extreme conditions: to avoid danger, to find food … Even when you brush off a mosquito, that Continue reading