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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman Dressage Today 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.

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4 Issues

in this issue

15 min.
recipe for a riding horse

My program for starting young horses under saddle sounds ambitious, but it suits the majority of the youngsters I start. I take each young horse through three phases of training over a period of about three months. The introduction phase of longeing takes about four weeks. I would not recommend shortening that time frame, but you may have to lengthen it for some individuals. During the second phase, I teach the horse to walk, trot and canter comfortably under saddle. For the third stage, I introduce the young horse to adventures off-property and prepare him for his first horse show. I am always astonished when people tell me that they are beginning to canter their horse after six, nine or even 12 months of starting under saddle. Set your expectations higher…

1 min.
rideability & trainability

From a training perspective, I have found that there are three basic kinds of horses: 10 percent are volunteers, 70 percent are draftees and 20 percent are draft dodgers. The volunteers are the eager beavers and are a joy to train. This group will progress quickly, but don’t be tempted to skip ahead, shortchanging them of their full education. Most horses are draftees. They’d rather be in the pasture, but they come along fine with fair and consistent training. The draft dodgers are the tough ones. They want to go left when you say “right.” They are the ones that will need a ton of special circumstances. In my experience, these horses will always be challenging so you have to decide if you really want a horse like that for the long haul. Breeders…

3 min.
building your first-aid kit

The following is a guide to assembling a first-aid kit that will leave you well prepared to handle any injuries or illnesses you may encounter with your horse when you’re on the road. Your first-aid supplies should be clean, well organized and easy to locate. I suggest that my clients organize their supplies in a watertight plastic container with labeled sections for easy access. To organize the kit, I like to put antimicrobial scrubs and solutions together in a separate container that can be used to hold water if it’s needed to clean a wound and will prevent bottles from leaking on other items when not being used. I also like to organize bandaging materials into “bandage kits.” A 1-quart Ziploc bag will hold the supplies needed to apply a…