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Practical Horseman Dressage Today Extra Volume 8

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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4 Issues

in this issue

8 min.
the counter canter

Counter canter is beneficial to your horse’s training because it develops straightness and collection and it ultimately improves the true canter. Due to the nature of canter, there is always a leading leg and the horse is always naturally positioned slightly through his body toward that leading leg, which defines the “inside” of the horse. So, in canter, there is always an inside and an outside. That inside hind leg naturally carries more weight because it steps farther under the horse’s body, toward the center of gravity. In counter canter, the focus is on helping the outside hind leg to step up under the horse’s body, thereby encouraging it to carry more weight and be better able to properly propel the horse forward in a good balance. The rider’s half halts on…

1 min.
a prerequisite

Before I introduce counter canter, I want to be sure my horse is correctly on the outside rein and well established in walk–canter and canter–walk transitions. The upward transition from walk to canter helps the horse understand the placement of the aids in relation to the lead he is asked to take. That is, the horse understands that the rider’s outside leg tells him which lead and the inside leg tells him to go forward. Together, the horse learns to go forward into the desired lead. The downward transition from canter to walk is valuable because it teaches the horse to understand half halts and gives him the ability to shift weight back to the hindquarters, which improves the carrying power. Before asking for counter canter, horses need to have…

1 min.
counter canter in fourth level, test 3

One reason I thought counter canter would be a good topic for this article is that Fourth Level, Test 3 incorporates the old Prix St. Georges movement in which the horse is required to do a 10-meter half circle in collected canter and then a 10-meter counter canter half circle. This movement reminds us of the value of using voltes in canter work. To do it well, your horse’s shoulders must be maneuverable to the new direction and the haunches must be directly behind the shoulders. Your horse must demonstrate straightness on the centerline. This movement, when done well, improves the degree of collection. 1. At C, pick up a true collected canter on the right lead. 2. R–I half 10-meter circle, 3. I–S half 10-meter circle in counter canter with flying change…

5 min.
what are the most common mistakes in fly control?

Q Every season our farm seems to be overrun by flies. We do our best to keep manure picked up and use fly tape throughout the barn. Are there any other tips that can help keep flies away? Name withheld by request CLARA ANN MASON, DVM The most common mistake horse owners make is not treating or eliminating the flies’ breeding and resting grounds. The second most common mistake is treating all fly populations located on the horse as if they are the same insect. Fly-control methods vary depending on the species of fly attacking your horse. Here are things you need to be aware of: Dealing with Manure. Sanitation should be your first defense in controlling fly populations. The life cycle from egg to adult in suitable environments is approximately 14 days…