All Blog Posts Tagged 'eventing' (298)

Different Ways to Exercise Your Horse Daily

By Melissa Sykes



- There are as many forms of exercise (if not more) than there are muscles in the body – especially the equine body. Not to be confused with actual training, in this article we are discussing specific forms of conditioning without a rider on the animal’s back.

There are any number of reasons for a horse to be conditioned without a rider up. It could be a yearling being fitted for the sales, or an older horse coming off an injury. No matter the…

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Long Slow Distance Conditioning

By Diana Macdonald

Article 6 of 7 in Diana Macdonald's series.



- There are several key points to remember when setting out or actually conditioning your horse for distance competitions. Whether you are riding for the completion, the middle of the pack finish or for that covered placing.

1) Conditioning is what you do after your horse is legged up and you have a few miles under your belt.

2) LSD. Not the drug…

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Distance Competition: The Importance of Horse & Rider Partnership

By Diana Macdonald

Article 5 of 7 in Diana Macdonald's series.



- Distance competitions are a team sport – you and your horse get a chance to enjoy the countryside that you would otherwise never get a chance to see. Plus during the miles and hours on trail, you get to learn an incredible amount about your equine partner.

In preparing for distance competitions you have to prepare yourself and your horse mentally and physically. Mental conditioning…

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Three Easy Ways to Improve Your Ride Through Natural Horsemanship

By Lindsey Forkun



- Working with horses can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be frustrating and challenging at times. Having a great partnership with your horse will help you to have fun and rewarding rides more often, leaving the frustration and challenging times to be forgotten.



Here are three easy things you can do to better your ride:

1. Start with ground work – working with the horse from the…

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Natural Horsemanship Explained - Part 1

By Lindsey Forkun



- So many people profess to practice natural horsemanship that it can be sometimes hard to understand what natural horsemanship really means. Some natural horsemen use sticks, others use clickers, and some talk about positive reinforcement. Natural horsemanship may come in many forms from many people but the principles remain the same.

Natural horsemanship means using communication and leadership instead of intimidation and fear. Natural horsemanship…

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Natural Horsemanship Explained - Part 2

By Lindsey Forkun

- Natural horsemanship is a balance between showing firm boundaries and leadership, but also developing a bond and partnership. Using natural horsemanship does not mean that you will never be firm with a horse. It is very important to protect your personal space and not allow a horse to push or move you. You may have to be firm with a horse to keep them out of your space; however, a natural horseman will never strike a horse in punishment.

Using natural…

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Natural Horsemanship: Don't Use Up the Gas Tank

By Lindsey Forkun





-  A new horse came in for some training with the issue of being a bit ring sour and pokey. His owners have done a lot of things to try and help him including trying to make life more fun including some pole work and other fun exercises. They also had the saddle fitted and had him assessed for any pain to make sure it wasn't a physical reason.

My goal with this horse is to show him that I am a worthy leader so it is a good idea for him to follow my…

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Natural Horsemanship: Getting Out of the Horse's Mouth

By Lindsey Forkun

- Working with Cookie reminds me of the importance of getting out of a horse's mouth. Cookie is an ex-race horse, but like all horses she is a prey animal. Prey animals don't like to be trapped, and the mouth of the horse is a sensitive area.

When you use a bit in the horse's mouth, sometimes is can actually make the horse more anxious because they feel trapped. Taking the bit out of the horse's mouth can sometimes give you more control.

Bits…

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Conditioning Your Event Horse For Soundness

By Lesley Stevenson



- Throughout the world, horseman employ many different methods of conditioning the horse. And indeed there are quite a few different "programs" that result in a fit athlete. But most programs focus on the aspects of the horse's fitness that are the most visible - their musculature and their aerobic capacity (cardiovascular fitness) - without enough thought to strengthening bones, tendons, and ligaments. With a program that does not sufficiently allow for…

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Principles of Horse Training

By Lesley Stevenson



- Horses are the most amazing creatures... from their awesome athletic abilities, to their regal spirit, to their generosity and desire to please us humans, to their fascinating powers of perception.

I feel like we owe it to them to carefully consider what we do with them on a daily basis. To make sure that our every interaction with them is fair and consistent, whether riding or handling on the ground. Here are a few key principles to…

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Building Horse and Rider Confidence in Eventing

By Lesley Stevenson



- Confidence is crucial to both horse and rider in the sport of Eventing. If you or your horse don't believe that you can so something, you most likely won't be able to do it, even if you actually are capable. A solid foundation with good basics will go a long way towards building confidence levels.

Many times horses or riders lack confidence because of a weak link in their basics. It is so very important to find a good instructor who can identify…

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Eventing: Using Visualization Techniques to Improve Your Horse Riding

By Lesley Stevenson



- There was once an interesting controlled study of basketball players, conducted by Dr. Blaslotto at the University of Chicago, where he split the players into three groups and tested each group on how many free throws they could make. After that, the first group spent a set amount of hours a day practicing free throws. The second group spent that time visualizing themselves performing that perfect free throw. And the third group did nothing - sat around…

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Eventing: What Makes a Good Event Horse?

By Lesley Stevenson

- There are 3 types of horses: those who can't wait to see what's around the next corner, those who are worried about what’s around the next corner, and those who don’t think about what's around the next corner, and are surprised every time! A good event horse is usually the first one -- curious and brave, with a good work ethic. There are of course many other attributes that make up a good event horse, but those are the ones who really come to love the…

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The Hand Gallop

By Anna Jane White-Mullin



- The hand gallop is used for jumping fences and is also one of the USEF's Tests 1-19. It is performed at between fourteen and sixteen miles per hour, or 1232 feet to 1408 feet per minute, and should appear controlled and at a speed appropriate for the size of the arena.

At the hand gallop, the horse’s footfalls strike in the same three-beat sequence as at the canter. This distinguishes the hand gallop from the faster racing gallop, which…

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The Proper Attire for Showing Hunter, Jumper and Equitation Classes

By Anna Jane White-Mullin



-  In hunter and equitation classes, most people wear either navy, dark green, or gray jackets, all with or without narrow pinstripes (black jackets are also acceptable, but rarely seen); light-gray or medium-gray breeches (although rust, canary, or fawn breeches are sometimes worn); black dress boots or black field boots, with the boot tabs, toe caps, and spur rests all being optional (brown is the traditional field boot color, but is rarely seen…

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Fear of Jumping Fences

By Anna Jane White-Mullin



- Occasionally, I'll come across a rider who is afraid of jumping fences, particularly large ones. When someone asks me about dealing with this fear, I have to be honest and say that I believe people should do what makes them happy, rather than feel that they have to overcome their worries and fears to prove to themselves or others that they are "up to par."

Life is short, and going through it being a harsh judge of yourself will only make…

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How Upper-body Movement Affects a Jumper's Take-off Spot

By Anna Jane White-Mullin

In an over-fences class, you should get into two-point position during the initial circle and stay there throughout the entire course. Concentrate on pressing the horse forward with your legs, rather than using your upper-body as a motivator. This way, you can stay still in your upper-body, making the performance look effortless, while using your legs to do all the work.

Be sure not to actively close your upper-body at take-off, but instead, let the…

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Longeing to Improve the Rider's Position and Balance

By Anna Jane White-Mullin

- Longeing is not only useful in teaching the horse rhythm, balance, bending, and obedience, but is also useful in helping the rider improve his position and balance.

First, tie the reins around a clump of mane and take off your stirrups before you begin. Make sure the horse is equipped with side reins and that the person longeing you has a longe whip and is familiar with how to use it, for the ground person will be controlling the horse while you…

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Are You Earning or Losing Your Horse's Trust?

By Anna Jane White-Mullin



- Between a horse and rider, there should be a bond of trust. This is especially important for those who jump, asking horses to take off from a particular spot before each fence. Most riders connect that having a "bad eye to a fence" (i.e., not having the ability to determine the proper take-off spot before a fence and putting the horse either too close to or too far from the fence for a safe take-off ) causes the horse not to trust the rider.…

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The Theory Behind Two-Point and Three-Point Position

By Anna Jane White-Mullin



- One of the major things I've noticed when judging equitation classes around the country is that many riders lack an understanding of the use of two-point and three-point position. This is especially evident in equitation on the flat.  For many years, the USEF Rule Book has stated, "At the walk, sitting trot, and canter, body should be a couple of degrees in front of the vertical…" (EQ 108, #4)

If you think about it, a couple of degrees in…

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