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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman Dressage Today Extra Volume 5

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.

United States
Active Interest Media
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4 Issues

in this issue

8 min.
mental focus

For most of us, there is limited time each week to devote to our riding, even though it is very important in our lives. We have serious goals and we all hope to improve each year, perhaps dreaming of the FEI arena one day with our beloved horses. Many people have one lesson per week, a mere 45 minutes. If we count that up for the year, that is less than 40 hours. So how can we make the very most of our lessons? Here are five tips I can offer you: 1. Pick an Appropriate Instructor You must have a good support system around you to be in the best state for learning. Find an instructor who fits with your temperament, capabilities and goals. It’s important to watch whomever you want…

3 min.
stress in horses

Stress, be it in horses or humans, is an interesting concept. We tend to generally categorize stress as something negative, but the actual definition of stress is a physiologic response to a stressor or stimulus, be it emotional or physical. Stress isn’t always bad. In fact, it is what enables a body to rise to a particular challenge. A portion of the nervous system is activated, resulting in a predictable hormonal response that prepares the body to react. When horses experience stress, the usual “rest-and-digest” activities switch to “fight or flight.” When a horse reacts to stress, the process begins with an alteration or upset in the normal balance of the hormones in the body. This response is orchestrated by a complex set of events in the nervous system. Specific areas…