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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman Dressage Today Extra Volume 10

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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9 min.
breaking 70 percent

Coming down centerline during an international competition, I have to be very focused and secure in what I’m asking of my horse to push him to his limit. Every stride tests our years of training and trust, and I must ride every movement seeking the highest quality my horse can offer to maximize our score. However, when I first start showing young or green horses, I ride their dressage tests a little differently. I don’t risk everything during their first few tests because it is essential to me that this horse has a g o o d experience by completing a nice, calm, relaxed test. For a young or green horse, I have different competition goals. Don’t get me wrong, I am there to win, but I also have to…

6 min.
training shawna harding

Roel Theunissen has worked with Shawna Harding and her Grand Prix partner, Come On III. Theunissen has trained dressage riders and horses for more than 30 years. Before moving to the United States from the Netherlands in 1996, he studied with Georg Theodorescu and Henk van Bergen. How did you begin working with Shawna? Let’s be clear that Shawna was a very good rider before I started working with her. She had just started the Grand Prix with Come On III, and at that time faced this huge step that all people experience when they make the move from the small to the large tour. The horse was schooled in all the Grand Prix exercises but was relatively green, especially in the piaffe and passage. As a trainer I focus on developing…

4 min.
your horse’s tail health

The appearance of a horse’s tail, both at rest and during exercise, can tell us much about his general health and well-being. The tail should hang straight down and be carried in a relaxed manner. When viewed from behind, it should swing gently from side to side as the horse moves. The height of the tail carriage depends on an individual horse’s croup conformation and breed. For instance, a Morgan may naturally carry his tail higher than a Thoroughbred. There are many reasons that a horse might hold his tail crooked or off to one side. As an equine veterinarian certified in spinal manipulation (chiropractic), I am often called in to assess a horse for abnormal tail carriage. One such cause is when there is a restriction (loss of motion in…