Tag Archives: arena

How can you teach a horse to be more reactive to the aids?

The principle of action is reaction. Horses naturally yield away from pressure. It is very helpful to teach the horse to move away from pressure, like in the washing place when you ask the horse to step aside. For example, when you place your hand on the hindquarters (action) and the horse steps aside to make room for you (reaction), ...

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Venue profile: Tops International Arena

The state-of-the-art Tops International Arena, situated in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, was built with the equestrian community and sport top of mind. The venue is the brainchild and vision of Dutch Olympic showjumper Jan Tops. He competed in four consecutive Summer Olympic Games, starting in 1988. Tops initiated the Global Champions Tour in 2006, and it continues to be a highlight on ...

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Young horse’s first show

A first show is a very new and different experience for any young horse. It’s important to make his first show a pleasant one so that he does not associate a future competition environment with a negative experience. At home, a horse spends his days in the paddock with his friends, works for maybe 45 minutes in a familiar arena ...

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The benefit of riding out

The saying, “A change is as good as a holiday,” is very relevant to the way we work our horses. Including regular outrides in the training schedule provides a mental and physical tonic for horses, and benefits them in numerous ways. Mental benefits “Two consecutive days of training in the arena is as much as most horses can mentally cope ...

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Improving your arena

Extreme weather conditions inevitably put added pressure on your arena surface. Common problems are that surfaces become too deep, and in the case of sand-based surfaces, dry and dusty. If your surface is suffering, don’t automatically assume that it’s a case of facing the expense of entire replacement. Replacing the whole surface is of course always an option, although you will ...

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Venue profile: Al Shaqab

Situated in Doha, Qatar, Al Shaqab is a world-class equestrian village and has been pivotal in placing Qatar on the equestrian map. With a state-of-the-art breeding facility, world-class competition and show venue, and multi-discipline equestrian centre, Al Shaqab is an equestrian venue not to be missed. History and development Al Shaqab was established in 1992 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad ...

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