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…

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Riding without stirrups
Exercises without stirrups are designed to improve the fit, help develop the right balance and make the position of the legs deeper and stronger. The rider should try to sit…

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How an amateur rider can overcome fear in favor of concentration
Trainer Annette Paterakis shared the story of her student Katie McNair to show how amateur riders can gain confidence. Katie faced concentration problems that led the rider to disappointing results…

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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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