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…

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Create the perfect gallop
You have probably heard that when buying a horse, first of all, you need to pay attention to the gallop and step, as these are natural gaiters, and it is…

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The basics of neurophysiology to help trainers and riders
The central nervous system is responsible for the movements and posture of a person. This is an indisputable fact in neurophysiology. But the usual misconception, riders and sports trainers, is…

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Ludger Berbaum: “We must find a balance between rules, sanctions and reality”

One of the topics on the agenda of the General Assembly of the International Club of Competitors (IJRC) in Rotterdam. Athletes became concerned about their vulnerability to the IOC sports laws regarding the detection of prohibited substances in horse blood.

Riders said that insecurity at the stable (that is, the risk of accidental ingestion of a prohibited substance, intentional or unintentional, as, for example, in the case of synephrine that got into the blood of horses through hay, which was fed at an FEI-approved tournament in Carmona) is a big problem for athletes and their teams, since any such precedent means that it comes with severe sanctions and serious consequences: suspension of the right to speak for a horse or athlete, the need to return a medal or prizes in any case Continue reading

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 by course designer Leopold Palacios. The American competitor not only explained in what order obstacles should be overcome, but also described in detail what “pitfalls” riders and their horses might encounter when moving according to a pattern. In addition, Kent Farrington on his example shared information on how to spend the most rational 45 seconds that are given to each rider to familiarize the horse with the route to the intersection of the start line.

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Correct Fit Exercises

When I just started learning to ride, I had problems with the position of the body. All my instructors constantly told me that I needed to sit straight, but it was physically difficult for me to do this. However, some time later, I was fortunate enough to work with Cindy Sidnor, a rider and examiner for the certification program for instructors of the Equestrian Federation of the United States. After several workouts, I found that it was not the case, but the wrong position of the hip angle. I “tucked” the pelvis under myself and therefore could not sit straight. Cindy helped me align the position of the pelvis, after which I not only sat smoother and deeper in the saddle, but also was able to more correctly distribute my weight, pulling down the heel. My ride immediately noticeably improved. Continue reading

Correct Fit Exercises
When I just started learning to ride, I had problems with the position of the body. All my instructors constantly told me that I needed to sit straight, but it…

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Equestrian Driving
In recent years, experts have noted the complication of all sports disciplines that are characteristic of equestrian driving competitions. Tests for dressing, obstacles at a marathon and parkour are becoming…

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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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Training young competitors. Victories do not come immediately.
The preparation and formation of an athlete in any sport almost never falls under the scale of once and for all certain methods. Especially in equestrian sports, where an athlete…

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