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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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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Four ways to become your coval's favorite customer
Finding a good coval can be a difficult task. The best of them are worth their weight in gold. And if you're lucky enough to find him, here's what you…

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some exercises

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

Basque keys. Clock accuracy

In a previous article, we examined the effect of iron on horse basculation, the choice of which affects the horse technique in the long run. Equally systemically important are the constant training of the horse (once a week) in special exercises.

To improve the technical technique, its frequent repetition is necessary. Only a person has a nervous system capable of “analyzing” and “designing” his actions. The horse is a very primitive creature and moves to optimum by trial and error. Moreover, the samples should be identical and as close as possible to completion time. Only then can a horse unambiguously single out the most successful attempts. This principle underlies the training aimed at improving the bascule of experienced horses. 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

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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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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Horse runs. History and Modernity
Remote horse racing is becoming increasingly popular in many countries around the world. In recent years, such disciplines as dressage, show jumping and triathlon have been supplemented by additional disciplines…

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Riding without stirrups
Exercises without stirrups are designed to improve the fit, help develop the right balance and make the position of the legs deeper and stronger. The rider should try to sit…

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