Horse Training

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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Does your horse have ADHD?

Schooling isn’t easy. It takes commitment, patience and a clear idea of what you hope to achieve. Additional challenges come in the form of the fundamental communication issues we face when working with an animal who has never learned to speak ‘human’. And then there’ll be times when one or both of you are simply having a bad day. Attention ...

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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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Maintaining the older athlete

Older horses are great. They’re schoolmasters so they’re pleasant to ride, they save riders from their mistakes, they know their job, and they will carry you to victory. While older horses do need slightly more maintenance than younger prospects, it can all be worth it in the end. With good management and all the knowledge available to us today, horses ...

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Understanding the outside rein

  For many riders one of the hardest lessons and ‘feelings’ to learn is the correct use and balance of the outside rein. On a horse, if you pull the right rein, he will probably turn right but you will lose energy in the forward movement as he either falls in over the inside shoulder or bulges out over the outside ...

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Training the croup-high horse

A horse is croup high when his hindquarters are higher than his wither. Some breeds are built that way because of the work that they do, such as some Quarter Horse strains for some of the Western classes and many Thoroughbreds now stand croup high because of the way that they have been bred. A very croup high horse will find it ...

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Selecting the eventing horse – Part 1

First and foremost, a successful eventing career relies on a good relationship between horse and rider. Selecting the right horse has a great deal to do with this partnership. Accomplished eventer Mary King shares her insights into how to get off to the right start. What makes a good event horse? Mary King believes that the first thing to look ...

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Horse personalities: what is yours?

Our horses’ personalities are what make them special and unique. Personality can be a combination of upbringing, living environment and training, but sometimes other events in their lives can change their natures for better or for worse. It’s great for you as a rider or horse owner to understand your horse’s personality and quirks so that you can best accommodate ...

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Off the track with Maud Aarts

Thoroughbreds are both athletic and courageous horses, with a great deal of aesthetic appeal. Although purpose-bred for racing, they hold their own in various sport horse endeavours. Maud Aarts, whose love of horses saw her competing at top level in eventing and showjumping in Europe before settling in South Africa, believes that South African Thoroughbreds are as good as anywhere ...

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