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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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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Jumping Horse Career Planning. Competition level selection
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…

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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

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 – horse races, carriage races, vaulting, etc. These equestrian events are not new for our country, especially with regard to distance testing of horses.
Many peoples of the former USSR (Kabardins, Turkmens, Kazakhs, etc.), because of the historical characteristics of their way of life, cultivated endurance, constitutional strength, and the ability to quickly regain strength in horses bred by them. It is these qualities that are decisive for horses participating in distance testing.
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Horse Games

Horse Relays

Competitions of teams to overcome obstacles with any precondition: transfer of a whip from one rider to another, touch, re-seat with one saddle, start from a fenced area, etc.
Many of the competitions described are held on ponies. They involve children from 3 to 11 years old. For example, pony jumping, pony jumping, pony vaulting, etc.

Extremely spectacular folk horse games. Temperamental, full of sports glow, they have a long history. In Continue reading

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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…


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…


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…


Horse Games
Horse Relays Competitions of teams to overcome obstacles with any precondition: transfer of a whip from one rider to another, touch, re-seat with one saddle, start from a fenced area,…