Preparation is half the battle. This also applies to jumping exercises for horses. It is much more fun, and much safer for horse and rider, if you prepare yourself step by step and grow with your tasks.
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The rider has three aids that connect him to his horse and that serve as means of communication: The leg aids, the weights aids and the rein aids.
A horse farrier is a professional who is trained to care for equine feet. He or she possesses knowledge in both biology and anatomy and has studied the physiological needs and makeup of horses at length.
No horse is born completely symmetrical. Asymmetry poses no problems for natural activities like running and grazing.
Imagine your friend leading you up to a porta-potty-sized box, and telling you to get in. What would you say? How might you feel? What would you be thinking? And most importantly, would you get in?
There are usually two groups of riders that deal with the chair seat problem: new riders at the beginning of their training, and many riding instructors teaching the basics.
This is Part 2 of young horse training at Gut Rothenkircherhof.
Everyone talks about how stretching forward and downwards towards the bit is good for the horse, but actually being able to do it correctly is not so easy.
The ability to ride your horse with soft, quiet hands is the first step towards developing an even, elastic contact to the bit and, therefore, with the mouth of your horse.
While rules can be quite relaxed when you are just competing against friends, when you start competing at a more serious level, you need the right equipment.
There is great value to a successful start in a horse’s training, which is why Uta Gräf and her husband Stefan Schneider dedicate so much attention to this phase.
A horse bucking because he feels good is one thing but bucking under saddle is another, ranging from fairly harmless little bunny hops to terrifying bronc shows.
A dressage philosophy that emphasizes lightness. What do Philippe Karl and his students do differently?
Are bandages or riding boots better to protect our horse’s legs? Or perhaps it would be healthier not to use them at all?
Injuries and ailments can – literally – get under your horse’s skin. These are often associated with side effects that affect not only the horse’s appearance, which makes good horse wound care all the more important.
Here are tips to help you get through winter whilst keeping your horse happy, healthy and sound. The appropriate warm-up, the right care as well as what you feed all have an impact on your horse in winter.
Correct impulsion isn’t only meant to look nice in the dressage arena, it’s also a requirement of correct dressage training.
If there was one ultimate test to gauge athleticism in humans, what might that test be? In the world of equestrian sports, the answer is clear, and that answer is Eventing.
Competitions can and should be fun for horse and rider and also a great addition for training and overall progress. This article wants to inform you about how riding a dressage test can be successful and fun.
What actually causes horse rearing and bucking? What triggers or causes these behaviors to occur, and are they as exciting as they are depicted to be?
Cavaletti exercises are a great opportunity for horses of all ages and levels to get in some gymnastic work.
With so many different kinds, how do you go about choosing a saddle pad that’s right for you? Master Saddler Tom Büttner in Dresden can tell you what to look for when choosing a saddle pad.
Lunging training over poles and Cavaletti is a particularly worthwhile exercise: your horse is stimulated to push off with more intent.
Alizée Froment has shown like no other rider that it’s possible to use one’s seat in such a way that Grand Prix movements can be executed through bitless riding.
Nothing in the world compares to it. The degree of intimacy, the depth of connection, the feeling of being a single, unified moving part. It’s the one thing that improves your ability more quickly than anything else. It’s bareback riding.
The horse has helped man fight in battle. He has allowed man to travel vast distances. He has plowed our fields and raised our young, and in all this, he has shared with us his uncanny precision of grace, of movement.
There is a unique serenity that one experiences when grooming horses; a certain quiet, a certain calm. For many of us, this can be the most relaxing part of our day.
The effect of integrating riding specific exercises into your fitness program, or just doing it once or twice a week as your fitness program, will yield fabulous results.
“One of these days I’ll have to do something about my riding seat!” – who among us hasn’t thought this? Simply starting will help considerably.
Building a solid foundation upon which to build any process, product, relationship, or development is crucial in obtaining a final product that exudes excellence. Such is true of horsemanship.
Flying changes are either inevitable in the jumping course or the next step to a more advanced dressage level. Either way, it is a wonderful feeling for the rider when the horse changes leads in canter by jumping energetic and powerful into the new direction.
It doesn’t matter if the driving sport is used for leisure or competition, if it is with a single, a pair or a four- in- hand carriage or with horses or ponies- anything is possible!
A well-fitting saddle is worth its weight in gold! Unfortunately, the search for the right saddle is a topic that drives many riders to despair.
In order to ride combinations and distances confidently, it is important for the rider to know how to measure the distances between two jumps as well as how many strides are needed.
The discipline of show jumping is one of the three equestrian disciplines found at the Olympics, World Equestrian Games, World Cup Series, and the Nations Cup Series.
There’s one thing that can help you collect extra points at your next dressage test: riding a good dressage halt! That’s because a good halt counts as much as other “more difficult” dressage skills.
As an introduction, here are three tips from Kathrin Roida on how you can exercise your horse, for both beginners and advanced riders.
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