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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman Practical Horseman Extra Volume 9

It presents step by-step training programs and showing advice from recognized experts in hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage, and eventing, along with money- and time-saving ideas on health care and stable management.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
Frequency:
Quarterly
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11 min.
the downs and ups of sunken roads

Asunken road may include as many as four jumping components at the upper level. For instance, it could be a vertical, then a stride to a considerable drop into a pit, a one-stride distance to a bank going out of the pit, and beyond the bank, another vertical or even a bounce. But a sunken road is more than just a combination of cross-country elements. It tests your horse’s power, balance and agility to jump down, then rock back and rebalance within a short distance to jump up again. Course designers introduce the sunken road concept at lower levels, with a question as simple as a log with a little drop two strides beyond. This gives your horse time to figure out that after the log, he needs to balance himself…

5 min.
how do i teach my horse to stand calmly in cross-ties?

A I have a 4-year-old gelding. He is a greenie, and whenever I put him in cross-ties, he gets very upset. No matter what I do to calm him down with treats or a soothing voice, he still prances around as I try to brush him. It’s not really annoying, but I’m afraid he might get hurt one day. How can I get him to relax and stand still? LAURIE PITTS A This behavior is not uncommon in a young horse. It usually stems from discomfort about having his head restricted, rather than resistance to standing still—which bothers very few horses. My step-by-step training process has successfully cured this problem in countless youngsters. With patience and consistency, you can teach your horse to accept the cross-ties, move his feet minimally and perhaps…