From the history of riding
At different times horses were trained differently. Here is some information about how and what the Hittites, Greeks taught horses. And also what the Romans taught fighting horses and what…

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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…

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Uniform gallop - how to achieve and not lose?
Do you feel that something is wrong during training at a gallop? Elements are carried out very badly, can’t it be possible to calculate the number of tempos in front…

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Basic exercise to develop horse stability in front of an obstacle

Description of the exercise: tips from the poles in front of the obstacle in the form of a cross and a pole adjacent to it. It is necessary to place four poles on the ground at the same distance under the horse’s trot, since you would place the cavaletti – from 1.20 m to 1.40 for horses with a wide gait. The distance between the last pole and the obstacle is 2.7 m and should not look too wide, unless your horse is doing very fast. If you feel that the horse is having difficulty jumping, increase the distance slightly to the obstacle. The spider is used as a guide, forcing the horse to move along the center line. The pole behind the obstacle is used for a more active jump of the horse. You can use this technique when working with young horses. Place the pole behind the obstacle if the horse lingers unnecessarily on the obstacle or knocks it down. Continue reading

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

The most interesting thing is under the hat

Recently, you will not surprise anyone in our country with a hat on a horse’s head. It is beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, and therefore even amateurs put them on to their pets. However, in professional sports, the appearance of horse hats has a purely practical meaning. The most interesting thing is happening under the hat, which only covers up all this disgrace.

When performing in conditions of increased noise, horses insert specialized earplugs into their ears. And to prevent their loss, put on a hat. Of course, the horse looks more attractive without gaping earplugs, but this role of the horse’s headgear is secondary.

The purpose of using tampons is to reduce the noise perceived by the horse. This is especially important when performing in closed rooms with aggressive acoustics or simply with a large crowd of people. Sound for the horse is annoying. So at the 2008 Olympics, the rider herself explained the reason for Biz Biz Madden being Continue reading

Acceptable Punishment Methods
The first and most effective way of punishment is additional work - you can additionally load the horse with work to make it clear that the more she stubbornly, the…

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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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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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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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