Uniform gallop - how to achieve and not lose?
Do you feel that something is wrong during training at a gallop? Elements are carried out very badly, can’t it be possible to calculate the number of tempos in front…

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Dressage: How to get a referee category?
Anyone can try to become a judge - the road is open to everyone. But it is worth remembering that a dressage judge is not only one who knows how…

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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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Acceptable Punishment Methods

The first and most effective way of punishment is additional work – you can additionally load the horse with work to make it clear that the more she stubbornly, the more she will have to work. The fact that she was taken to the stall after work should be perceived by the horse as an encouragement for the work done.
The second method of exposure is voice. Unlike dogs, horses are less responsive to the meaning of spoken words, but they are very sensitive to the intonation with which the words are spoken. A harsh word can indicate to the animal that it is doing something wrong.
In some cases, hand spanking is acceptable – for example, if your horse has a habit of biting. Many underestimate the danger of this habit, but it can lead to very serious injuries. Therefore, all manifestations of such behavior should be suppressed. A few Continue reading

Motivation, punishment and encouragement

Motivation is a very important factor in the training of both people and animals. Many animals, especially dogs, are easily motivated for training – here the “pushing” moment is the desire to please their master. However, in the case of horses, we should distinguish three main categories of motivation to work:

To give pleasure – the horse is motivated by his own desire to please his master. Based on practice, this method of motivation exists and successfully works with one caveat – between the trainer (owner) and the horse, rigid hierarchical relations are established, where the horse takes the place of a subordinate and learns to please. But to establish such a relationship requires a long time of mutual contact. Thus, this principle is quite true for a private horse owner and his horse. Especially if the horse was acquired by another foal. In this case, the animal is accustomed from an early age that the owner is higher in the hierarchy and his wishes must be fulfilled. Continue reading

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

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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Karl Hester Tips on Horse Training
As your young horse grows older, you need to clearly understand your goal and make adjustments to your work plan. If with a five-year-old horse I try to pay more…

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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,…

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Spanish step. Stretching and training in place
We start with a stretch. Just as a person cannot just pick up and do the splits without training, so a horse cannot lift his leg up to the height…

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