Correction of horse disobedience in competition
In the process of sports work with a horse of any specialization, conflict situations arise periodically, which must be resolved with the greatest efficiency and least loss. In order to fully reveal the potential of a competitive horse, and often to correct weaknesses (there is no ideal competitive horse by nature), sufficient work experience, a good “instinct” of a specialist and, of course, competent training are necessary.
In almost all equestrian sports, horses have to perform unnatural movements. The show jumping in its modern design certainly can not be attributed to the natural and natural manifestations of motor activity of the horse. Not one, even the most gifted in the hopping sense of a wild horse, dreamed of such jumping capabilities that even a middle-class competitive fighter demonstrates.
First of all, it should be noted that a young, unbroken horse, getting into a competitive work, experiences a great psychological breakdown. Recall that all her previous life she was toughly instructed under the motto: it’s impossible for the barrier! This barrier was fencing in the pasture, in the levada, doors in the stable and many other equipment designed to control and limit movement. And suddenly the horse is offered the exact opposite – to overcome the barrier … This is difficult not only from a physical point of view, but, especially at first, from a psychological point of view. It is necessary to approach this first stage of jumping or testing a non-jumped horse very delicately. History is replete with examples when even high-class specialists were mistaken in assessing the jumping abilities of a young horse and rejected it. And a few years later, seeing what other athlete got out of it, they bite their elbows from resentment at their own impatience and insight. It should also be noted what to consider as a “hard” or “soft” approach to preparing a horse, especially in a conflict situation. Unfortunately, without one degree or another of coercion, sometimes tough, in equestrian sport from a horse, it is impossible to achieve anything substantial. And the reaction of the athlete and trainer should not be hard or soft, as amateurs sometimes interpret, mostly amateurs, but strictly adequate to the situation and the tasks set. That is, at a particular moment it is necessary to very persistently achieve the goal, but be prepared to instantly yield, mitigate the impact in accordance with the situation and vice versa. But before you start demanding anything, you need to be sure that the horse is ready for this both physically and psychologically. And only if such confidence is there, it is necessary to demand and achieve a victorious result. This, in fact, is the key to the specialist’s skill in preparing a sports horse. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a young, inexperienced horse to be trained by a young, inexperienced rider. This is basically wrong, but as soon as this happens (my horse – I want to work as I want), you need to at least periodically turn to the services of test riders.
“Test-riders system”, widely practiced in the West, is not widespread here yet. Unlike master classes, when the rider is mainly trained, and from the caretaker, who can perform less skilled work (starting from the race), test rider, ideally, should be more qualified and experienced than the rider, under whom he “rules” the horse. And there is nothing offensive in contacting a specialist. This is always better than acting on the principle of “yourself with a mustache”, spoiling, and maybe irreversibly ruining the horse.
From the first lessons of jumping a young horse, it is necessary to create optimal conditions for her. Firstly, before you start jumping under the saddle, you need to at least minimize the ride of a horse and jump freely. If this is done, you still need to play it safe and create a young competitive horse favorable conditions for the review, ground, the presence of obstacles.
You should not scare the future competitive fighter with a wide variety of colors and shapes of obstacles. Do not be too lazy to put a barrier on both sides of the slopes and do this not just one or two, but several dozen of the first exercises for jumping under the saddle. This, of course, does not guarantee that the horse will be absolutely reliable in jumping, but will reduce the likelihood of subsequent failures to a minimum. A healthy horse with good reactions and good eyesight quickly acquires skills to overcome obstacles of small height. This often bribes the athlete, and he takes the still unstable horse to the first starts …
Further competitive work should be carried out in two parallel directions: on the one hand, continue to dress the horse (including the hopping horse), and on the other, to smoothly complicate the obstacles, their arrangement and the distance between them. It is clear to everyone that a horse must be physically prepared to overcome great obstacles (strength, flexibility, coordination), but even the masters sometimes underestimate the fact that it must be matured mentally.