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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman Dressage Today Extra Volume 1

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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4 Issues

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7 min.
optimizing your horse’s soundness from the saddle

Dressage horses often live long, healthy lives—especially when ridden by riders who have a feel for balance. In fact, the best thing you can do for your horse’s health and longevity is to ride him in a way that’s friendly to his body—in a way that makes him stronger instead of stressing him out. That means riding him in balance because tension and stress are inevitable when your horse is out of balance. When in balance, your horse is free to move forward in rhythm, with suppleness, reaching for the bit—all without tension. Horses have a few innate balance issues even without the weight of a rider, and the successful rider is always managing those issues. Two of the balance issues are longitudinal, or back to front. Back-to-Front Balance Issues First, the horse…

5 min.
how to do a half halt

The rider’s half halt has three parts: Go, whoa and soften. These three parts ideally synchronize with the motion of the horse within each stride. Go. The “go” part of your half halt is associated with the moment when your horse thrusts and reaches with his inside hind leg. Be sure that you feel the result of his thrust in your hand as your horse is stepping toward the bit and in front of your leg. He must reach for the bit, or the half halt can’t do its job of connecting the horse from front to back—and during the next phase, from back to front. My favorite image of this reaching from back to front is expressed through judge Janet Foy’s notion of the horse’s commitment to the bit. She…

6 min.
your horse’s hocks

For the horse who competes in dressage, where hind-end engagement is a key to correct performance at all levels of competition, hock pain is a common and marked impediment. The significance, treatment and prognosis depend on the source of the pain. Although prescreening can help identify some potential problems, no system is foolproof. Similar to the prevention of many sources of lameness, a conscientious system of horse development in the care, feeding and training is the best method of prevention and control. The hock consists of 10 bones and four joints and is supported by several ligaments. The tibiotarsal joint is a ball-and-socket joint that has the largest range of motion. The other three joints are low-motion joints and serve as good shock absorbers. When the tibiotarsal (or tarsocrural) upper joint…