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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Caucasian National Horse Games
The peoples of the Caucasus have always been distinguished by great love for the horse. This animal was for them both a means of transportation along difficult mountain roads, and…

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Caucasian National Horse Games
The peoples of the Caucasus have always been distinguished by great love for the horse. This animal was for them both a means of transportation along difficult mountain roads, and…

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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 can do to keep him (or her) on your team. Advice is provided by the sought after American chowler Scott Chandler.

Tip 1. Teach your horse to stand still while working.

Everyone forged wants the horse to behave calmly. Please raise a horse so that the forging does not have to do this. Scott sees that a large number of clients treat their sports horses as pets or as their “stress therapy” after work. “If you want a pet, go get a greyhound,” he said, pointing to me with an empty water bottle. Some owners feed too many treats to calm the horse, instead of teaching her to stand still. The Continue reading

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 to the horse chest. Levada is large and well fortified. My husband made me some barriers. However, I do not have a comfortable riding platform with a fence and ground. Instead, I work on an open grass field.

This is not new to me – for about half of my rider career I did not have an arena. When I first arrived at the DorothyC rowell stables, there was no ground with soil, and we worked and jumped horses on a ground of 20-30 m in diameter between the hills. We jumped over ridges and hillsides. If you have learned how to manage small, then having arrived at the tournament you will appreciate a level ground!

Over the past few years, I only worked horses in fields, levadas, and forest paths. In Ocala, riding in the Continue reading

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 the belief that muscles are responsible for all movements. It is important to understand that muscles do nothing without brain commands: they do not strain, they do not relax.

Muscle control goes in two ways: the first, the ancient – unconscious or automatic, the second – conscious or strong-willed. The first is the ancient structures of the brain – the subcortex, it stores innate and acquired reflexes, the second – the cortex, the young part of the brain, it contains intelligence, learning, will. Most actions in life are performed without hesitation, that is, automatically. The power of automatism is great, it always helps a person to survive in extreme conditions: to avoid danger, to find food … Even when you brush off a mosquito, that Continue reading

Spanish step. Training in the hands in motion. Training on horseback.
For the next step, it is necessary that the horse is able to actively step forward if you are promoting it for an occasion under the chin, moving side by…

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Training young competitors. Victories do not come immediately.
The preparation and formation of an athlete in any sport almost never falls under the scale of once and for all certain methods. Especially in equestrian sports, where an athlete…

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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…

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The first steps of an inexperienced horse to bascule
In previous articles, we talked about horse basculation, methods for its development in keys and impulse hunger. But what if the horse is young, its skills are not enough not…

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