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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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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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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show jumping

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 in its capabilities. The animal does not have analytical skills. Everything in her head is simple, even primitive. If her legs on the repulsion get stuck in the sand, she will conclude that she does not have enough strength to jump. If he stumbles, it’s dangerous to jump. If the soil is bad systematically, the horse will lose faith in itself at the end. Systematic neglect of soil quality leads to the loss of a horse for sport. And above all, in her own head.

Therefore, there are several objective indicators of soil that judges use when evaluating them. Continue reading

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 young horse in our country is often made according to one of two simplified principles: according to age and strength capabilities. Meanwhile, both principles are dangerous, because invented for those who do not have sufficient qualifications in planning a horse’s sports career, but who do not want to miss a lot. They are dangerous in that there are several typical and frequently encountered situations where these simple laws do not work, and even give the opposite effect.

Instead of describing the weaknesses of these principles, we will describe the correct competition selection system, and only then we will correlate it with age and power selection.

In the West, the challenges facing a sports horse at the beginning of a career are different from leadership. This is the way Western horse breeding works so that all horses of sports breeding are able to jump a separate obstacle 150 cm high already in three years in sprintgarten, and in five years under saddle. Therefore, it is foolish to be measured at 110-120 cm by force and speed. This is done by pembrake and amateurs. 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 was not just an athlete, but also a philosopher, able to clearly, accurately and intelligibly express his ideas and thoughts. In this extensive interview with Chris Hector, Ludger spoke about the main changes that have occurred in sports over the past two decades.

Let’s start with the horses …

“Of course, the type of horses has changed. I remember my first competitions back in 1975-1976. Then the first appearances on the international scene in the 85th … And now, after twenty years, we already have other horses with a much larger purebred share. We have lighter horses in terms of constitution, which are easier to manage. This is a rather long process in horse breeding, but I am glad that development has gone exactly in this direction. We have more and more people, especially in Europe, involved in show jumping, and more and more people are just riding. Over the past 15 years, women have become especially involved in this. Twenty years ago, there were not so many women riders, Continue reading

High School Riding Elements - School Jumping
During high school jumps above the ground, which include cockbet, lansada, ballotad and capriole, the horse is separated by all four limbs. School jumps are exceptional in their beauty and…

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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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Horses that bite
Many horses are far from seriously biting aggressively. But any horse that bites is potentially dangerous to communicate with and work with. All horses can be made to think that…

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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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