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
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
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