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Practical Horseman Dressage Today Extra Volume 13

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.

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United States
Language:
English
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Active Interest Media
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4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
cold-weather nutrition for the competitive dressage horse

As we head into changing weather conditions in the fall and then the occasionally harsh months of winter, some adjustments must be made to ensure your dressage horse stays healthy and comfortable. As cold weather approaches, there are some special considerations if horses have access to pastures. In certain situations, such as the warm, sunny days and chilly nights of fall, plants may store higher levels of sugars as polysaccharides, including starch and fructans, which can be problematic for some horses. This means that horses with sensitivities to soluble carbohydrates may need to have their access to pasture grasses restricted or removed entirely. Through the fall months in most regions, the pasture grasses will begin to go dormant and the vegetative portions of the plants will lose much of their nutritional value.…

14 min.
find your fit

Adding cross-training to a dressage program is analogous to adding that special hint of spice to a recipe. Everyone is fascinated by its inclusion and curious as to why this particular ingredient changes the recipe’s intricacies, depth and structure. Although certainly not a new concept, the inclusion of cross-training has gained increased visibility and following within equestrian sports because of its indisputable ability to hone performance physically and emotionally within a relatively short period of time. In this article I will share how my previous experience as a gymnast has influenced my approach to dressage, explain the benefits of cross-training and offer some exercises for you and your horse. Gymnastics Versus Dressage I’ve been a rider since I was old enough to ride, but I took time off from riding to focus…

1 min.
flexibility test your

Gradually bend at your waist and dangle your fingertips toward your toes. Don’t force the stretch, but note areas of tension or asymmetry. Touching your toes for a second won’t increase your flexibility. This pose needs to be maintained for up to a minute and done daily before you will start to see improvement. Document your improvement and take this time into consideration when expecting your horse to develop something new, for example, more bend in travers or even just a more mature frame and self-carriage.…