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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Learning to work without stirrups
Riding without stirrups can significantly improve your fit, however, only if you work correctly without experiencing insecurity and not only thinking about staying in the saddle. In this article you…

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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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Thoroughbred horse breed description

It is known that England is the birthplace of a thoroughbred horse breed of horses. It was bred in the XVII-XVIII centuries. based on local and imported horse breeds. At different times, England had frisky and hardy horses. Reliable information about the good qualities of the English horse before entering the eastern horses, we find the writer Markgan. In 1614, he noted: “If it comes to performance and endurance, then there is no horse that could compare with the English. The latter is not only well-built, but also bold, strong and hardy. ”
The Norfolk breed is already mentioned in the XII century. With a noble type head, similar to the Arabian one, with a short and strong back, a long and wide croup, average height up to 160 cm, horses of this breed were considered “suitable for armed riders.” Under Henry VII (XV century), this breed was Continue reading

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 is a learning tool in which painless pressure is applied until the horse responds in the desired way. When the horse answers, the pressure is relieved. Over time, the horse associates this particular reaction with a proper response.

As a simple example of negative reinforcement, you can give an unpleasant sound signal that appears if you do not fasten the seat belt in the car. He will annoy us until we buckle up. If you ride, negative reinforcement is used when you press your legs to the sides of the horse and then release this pressure when it starts trotting. Through the association, the horse learns that the equal pressure of the pendants on both sides of its body means “lynx”.

The horse’s brain is designed to look for associations, regardless of whether they are provided consciously or not. Since Continue reading

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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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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The Pata Parelli Horse and Riding System
Recently, the topic of natural relations with the horse is becoming increasingly popular. There are many new names, schools and even shows. The name of Pat Parelli is one of…

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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…

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