Tag Archives: training

Collection work

We all seem to agree that training must first and foremost contribute to the physical development of the horse. Ultimate collection does not only ask a great deal of straightness, flexibility and co-ordination, it also asks tremendous mental concentration and contribution from your horse. What is collection? Very briefly, in collection you want the horse to shift his weight, which ...

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Dressage for the showjumping horse

While showjumping might seem like a ‘point and shoot’ discipline to some spectators, a good showjumping round requires much more from the horse than just clearing the jumps. Showjumping demands the horse to be adjustable, flexible, in balance, have straightness in his body and have a good and powerful canter. Working the horse on the flat helps to keep him ...

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Equine career: furthering your education and qualifications

The Dutch equestrian sport is known for its expertise. Dutch riders, carriage drivers, breeders, trainers and horses are dominating the world stage. Over the years, the Dutch have gained the knowledge and expertise in training, veterinary care, nutrition, breeding and equestrian management to perform successfully at world-class level. How did they get where they are right now? And how do you ...

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Equine Support International plans to come to South Africa

HQ is proud to be partnered with the Dutch organisation, Equine Support International (ESI). ESI’s focus is to promote equestrian knowledge all over the world. The team regularly travels to other countries hosting a variety of clinics. We are proud to announce that ESI is planning on hosting a clinic week in South Africa in mid-September, during which they will ...

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Manners matter

A horse who is well mannered is an absolute dream for any horse owner and rider. Ask anyone who has dealt with a horse with bad manners and they will tell you that it makes life impossibly difficult, especially when it comes to handling the horse on a day-to-day basis. Bad manners are seldom a case of naughtiness, but rather ...

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How correct is your contact?

Your contact is an essential line of communication to your horse, and for that reason, absolutely essential to get right. A common error from the rider’s side is dropping of the contact and therefore dropping of the communication. One minute you’re providing your horse with information and guiding him, and the next minute you’re not. This inconsistency is most likely ...

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The shoulder-in

At the risk of sounding like every instructor who has ever taught you, I am going to start with a critical piece of information: If you are ever struggling to master a new movement or technique, you need to go back to basics. In dressage horses, this boils down to establishing balance and straightness. Regardless of if your horse is ...

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In-hand work to improve your schooling

During the course of 2015, HQ spoke to German-accredited instructor, Helmut Wagner, about using correct schooling and gymnastics to unlock the natural movement of the dressage horse. This month we get back to the basics, with an overview of in-hand work and how it can help you overcome problems in the saddle. The right tools For correct in-hand work, you ...

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Straightness Training

Straightness Training is a programme based on the wisdom and techniques of the old dressage masters: Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere, Antoine de Pluvinel, Francois Baucher and Gustav Steinbrecht to name a few. It takes this knowledge a step further by incorporating more modern concepts like learning theory, behavioural science and biomechanics. It is a method onto which can be ...

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Victoria Scott’s journey to Bramham

In the October issue of HQ, we introduced readers to Victoria Scott, a South African rider who moved to France to immerse herself in the eventing scene. This month Vicky shares more of her experiences to give a taste of the world of international equestrianism. Going to Bramham My journey to Bramham started many months before the event itself – ...

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