Effect of soil quality on horse jumping skills
A small but important explanation of the significance of the ground in the preparation of a show jumping horse. The horse’s desire to jump is largely determined by its confidence…

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Horse Feeding Diet
One of the main conditions for rational horse breeding is feeding horses a ration. The animal’s body consists of various organic, mineral substances and water. It can replenish the substances…

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Correction of horse disobedience in competition
In the process of sports work with a horse of any specialization, conflict situations arise periodically, which must be resolved with the greatest efficiency and least loss. In order to…

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How to lower the heel down?

From the first day in the saddle, the rider is told “hold your heels down,” and from that moment on, the rider painfully tries to keep his heels down and presses them with force below the stirrup. Is this right, and why do we need to keep the heels down?

Heel Down:

– Increases the contact area of ​​the leg with the horse, which improves the impact of controls.

– Focuses the weight of the rider in the lower body. The heel lowered down serves as a support for finding the necessary balance in the saddle when the horse moves.

– Prevents slipping of the foot through the stirrup.

– Demonstrates flexibility and, therefore, the ability to perform the functions of a shock absorber. 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 in the competition. Moreover, as a mother, it was difficult for her to distribute time and attention between family and horses. However, her story shows that you can find a balance between the areas of your life and at the same time achieve success in sports.

Annette Katie was advised by her trainer, Sally Amsterdamer. Katie returned to the saddle after a break, which she took for the sake of arranging her 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…

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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…

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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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Equestrian sport: myths and reality
1. Equestrian sport is the most dangerous sport. Any sport increases the risk of injury. Equestrian sport is no exception. Absolutely avoiding falls will not work. Not a single sporting…

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