Reins work is an excellent training technique to support saddle work, useful for both the horse and her trainer. I have repeatedly noticed that horses love this type of work, because, on the one hand, it is easier for them (do not need to carry the weight of a rider), and, on the other hand, such work creates a closer connection between man and animal, since they literally work “Side by side”, and a person has to spend no less energy than horses. Continue reading
Horses with bad manners pose a threat to all those who are close to them, and even to themselves. But how to fix the situation?
The advantage of a powerful rear for a horse is that one lightning strike with a hoof can end an argument with a mountain lion. Instantly. Unfortunately for us people, the result of such a blow, whether intentionally or not, can be disastrous.
An untrained horse interprets the actions of people (including forges) as a potential threat. Continue reading
Lynx is a push-pull gait with a hanging phase. This is the most energy-efficient way of moving a horse to cover long distances.
The legs of the diagonal pair should land simultaneously.
The front and hind legs form two equal triangles. The third triangle (in the middle, with the base on the bottom line of the horse) is formed by two legs, front and rear, located on the same side. Continue reading
Cord work is a great way to improve the horse’s top line. Without the burden of the rider’s weight, the horse can easily find a rhythmic, relaxed and balanced way of moving. The circle naturally encourages a deeper step toward the horse’s center of gravity with the inner hind leg, causing a cyclic action of the muscle ring. But the effectiveness of the cord work, of course, depends on the skills of the cord, who works with the horse. Allowing a horse to rush with a reverse order, littered with a nape, a fallen shoulder or backside is a futile and often also harmful exercise for the horse. Continue reading
Bathing – a useful and enjoyable procedure – can give you a lot of unpleasant moments if the horse decided to resist for some reason.
Can you bathe a horse on the grass on a loose jacket? Do you need interchanges or even an enclosed space? Does the horse scare the hose?
You can introduce a horse to swimming on a large lawn by holding it on a chombra. This is done by desensitization (the principle is the same as when accustomed to a whip or rope). Continue reading