In the previous article, “Baskulation and the Basque. Do not confuse the concept ”we have described the biomechanical principle and the exceptional practical importance of basque in the show jumping, and its tactical use in the Grand Prix. Whoever has this technique is better, he wins significantly in saving energy. It’s time to figure out how experienced specialists teach this technique to a horse, and what beginners are wrong about.
Baskulation does not require special physical abilities from a horse, as all body postures are natural for the horse. Even the phase of the most expressive basque is constantly practiced by the horse when feeding from the ground. Thus, basculus is more a coordination skill and habit, and, therefore, lends itself to significant Continue reading
When teaching any horse what you want, you must have motivation. Horses will not want to learn or show skills without good motivation. And the motivation you propose should be better than the others that the horse can find. For example, if your horse is “companionable”, your motivation should be stronger than her buddies calling her from the stable or from the nearest pasture. Otherwise, all her attention will be directed not at you, but at her friends, and you will lose control.
When choosing any type of motivation to work with a horse on the ground or under the saddle, you must first know what a particular type of motivation can give, as well as its weak points. Most of the commonly used motivations now are: food, pain, praise, and pressure. Below I will describe why each type of motivation is good, as well as its weaknesses. Continue reading