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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Horses that bite
Many horses are far from seriously biting aggressively. But any horse that bites is potentially dangerous to communicate with and work with. All horses can be made to think that…

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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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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 young horse in our country is often made according to one of two simplified principles: according to age and strength capabilities. Meanwhile, both principles are dangerous, because invented for those who do not have sufficient qualifications in planning a horse’s sports career, but who do not want to miss a lot. They are dangerous in that there are several typical and frequently encountered situations where these simple laws do not work, and even give the opposite effect.

Instead of describing the weaknesses of these principles, we will describe the correct competition selection system, and only then we will correlate it with age and power selection.

In the West, the challenges facing a sports horse at the beginning of a career are different from leadership. This is the way Western horse breeding works so that all horses of sports breeding are able to jump a separate obstacle 150 cm high already in three years in sprintgarten, and in five years under saddle. Therefore, it is foolish to be measured at 110-120 cm by force and speed. This is done by pembrake and amateurs. Continue reading

Ludger Berbaum: The contest has changed

German rider Ludger Berbaum is one of the leaders of the world show jumping for the past 20 years. In 2000, he gave an unexpectedly detailed interview, showing that he was not just an athlete, but also a philosopher, able to clearly, accurately and intelligibly express his ideas and thoughts. In this extensive interview with Chris Hector, Ludger spoke about the main changes that have occurred in sports over the past two decades.

Let’s start with the horses …

“Of course, the type of horses has changed. I remember my first competitions back in 1975-1976. Then the first appearances on the international scene in the 85th … And now, after twenty years, we already have other horses with a much larger purebred share. We have lighter horses in terms of constitution, which are easier to manage. This is a rather long process in horse breeding, but I am glad that development has gone exactly in this direction. We have more and more people, especially in Europe, involved in show jumping, and more and more people are just riding. Over the past 15 years, women have become especially involved in this. Twenty years ago, there were not so many women riders, Continue reading

The first steps of an inexperienced horse to bascule

In previous articles, we talked about horse basculation, methods for its development in keys and impulse hunger. But what if the horse is young, its skills are not enough not only to overcome the keys, it doesn’t have a baskling yet?

A young horse can be compared to a young tree. If initially it is not planted evenly and does not support growth in the right direction, it will grow crooked, and when the trunk gains strength, it will be impossible to change anything.

The same thing happens with the young horse’s bascule technique. Making the first jumps over tiny obstacles, the horse does not know anything about this technique, cannot assess the future prospects of his movements in a situation with higher barriers. When overcoming obstacles of 20-40 cm, vicious actions from the point of view of high-altitude show jumping can also be effective. And to fix in the mind Continue reading

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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,…

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Dressage: How to get a referee category?
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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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Correction of horse disobedience in competition
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