Competitors Note: View the Nations Cup route at Spruce Meadows with Kent Farrington
At the Nations Cup stage as part of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament in Calgary, Canada, Kent Farrington provided a complete overview of the entire distance of the route designed…

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Spanish step. Stretching and training in place
We start with a stretch. Just as a person cannot just pick up and do the splits without training, so a horse cannot lift his leg up to the height…

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Create the perfect gallop
You have probably heard that when buying a horse, first of all, you need to pay attention to the gallop and step, as these are natural gaiters, and it is…

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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 horses were taught in the Middle Ages.

The earliest written information about the care and training of horses was left by Kikkuli, a stable Hittite king, circa 1400 BC. The texts that reached us, written by the Hittite scripts and Babylonian cuneiform on clay tablets, contained detailed instructions on how to follow to tame horses, to look after them and to harness in chariots. Apparently, many of this information was borrowed by the Hittites from the Indians, as evidenced by some special terms and digital data in the Kikkuli treatise on horse breeding. The treatise collects the experience of handling horses accumulated by mankind for many centuries.
Kikkuli, like many modern experts, recommends that at the age of one year the foals be beaten away already at the age of one from free herds, so that under the supervision of a person they gradually get used to the difficult horse weekdays. Continue reading

Common landing problems

So, landing problems can be divided into four groups: problems of the arms, legs, body, and “head” (that is, the direction of view). Let’s talk about them individually.

1. Landing problems: hands

The main reason why the horse does not move or does not hear the rider in the turn, shakes his head, resists and does not understand the commands, often become hands. Since the rider’s hands directly affect the horse’s mouth, it’s very easy for the rider to confuse the horse with an awkward effect, not letting him know what exactly the rider wants. How not to be a hindrance for a horse? Continue reading

Tatyana Kosterina on working with mares, pirouettes and not only

Today our guest is Tatyana Kosterina, a Nizhny Novgorod horsewoman based in Germany. Tatyana is a world-class master of sports in dressage, a prize-winner and winner of many international competitions, together with her main big-priest horse, Dialess, she takes 74th place in the world ranking. The athlete has extensive experience working with mares, it is she who knows how to find an approach to capricious ladies and reveal their talent! We managed to talk about this and not only with Tatyana.

What features of working with mares can you highlight? What exactly cannot be allowed in working with them and what secret about the approach to them you can reveal. Continue reading

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