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 an assistant in everyday work and a faithful companion in the battlefield. The horse was not only carefully raised and raised, but also carefully trained and prepared for any difficult life circumstances. And one of the most common forms of such training was a variety of equestrian games, often imitating combat situations. Equestrian games were accompanied by all the holidays and special occasions. In games, young horsemen were tempered and learned riding skills.
The traditions of equestrian games have not died out among the Caucasian peoples in these days. They are Continue reading
“Sports of kings and the king of sports” – this is how fans of polo speak about their favorite game. This activity cannot be called massive, because polo can be considered one of the most expensive sports – you can still ask a golfer how much his club costs, but asking a polo player about his spending on the game is considered bad form. Despite this, until 1936 (Olympics in Berlin), polo was part of the Olympic program and gathered a huge number of spectators, which is not surprising, because it is a very spectacular sport. Now the polo remains the lot of the aristocracy and the “powerful of this world”, nevertheless, attracting many connoisseurs of fans of this exceptional spectacle to the stands of fans.
Polo is not a game for the weak. It is difficult to imagine an adult, who never sat on a horse, for this occupation. The game should become a way of life from a young age – to be born with a “silver spoon in the Continue reading
When teaching any horse what you want, you must have motivation. Horses will not want to learn or show skills without good motivation. And the motivation you propose should be better than the others that the horse can find. For example, if your horse is “companionable”, your motivation should be stronger than her buddies calling her from the stable or from the nearest pasture. Otherwise, all her attention will be directed not at you, but at her friends, and you will lose control.
When choosing any type of motivation to work with a horse on the ground or under the saddle, you must first know what a particular type of motivation can give, as well as its weak points. Most of the commonly used motivations now are: food, pain, praise, and pressure. Below I will describe why each type of motivation is good, as well as its weaknesses. Continue reading