Equestrian sport: myths and reality

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…

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Basic exercise to develop horse stability in front of an obstacle
Description of the exercise: tips from the poles in front of the obstacle in the form of a cross and a pole adjacent to it. It is necessary to place…

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Jumping Horse Career Planning. Competition level selection
Everything that is done in training is done with one goal - to successfully compete in competitions. But in which? What level? And when?!!! The choice of competitions for a…

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Exercises for heavy horses in front

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

Negative reinforcement in horse training: pros and cons

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

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 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

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 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 basics of neurophysiology to help trainers and riders

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

Training young competitors. Victories do not come immediately.
The preparation and formation of an athlete in any sport almost never falls under the scale of once and for all certain methods. Especially in equestrian sports, where an athlete…


Horse Games
Horse Relays 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,…


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,…


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…