ZINIO logo
Travel & Outdoor
Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman May 2018

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.

Read More
United States
Active Interest Media
$8.14(Incl. tax)
$27.15(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
safe success

When I was 17 years old, I galloped my show jumper up to a water jump and he refused. I started to turn him away from the jump to re-approach it when several things happened quickly. As I turned, he began to hop up and down and back up. On the “up” part of his hop, one of his hind legs slipped on the tape at the water’s edge and he fell back on top of me. I broke my pelvic bone in three places and was in the hospital for two weeks and on crutches for almost three months. Looking back, I know that many things converged to cause the accident, but after reading our safety article, I began to think what could I have done to keep myself safer.…

7 min.
three irons that are too far ‘home’

George H. Morris is the former chef d’équipe of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Team. He serves on the USEF National Jumper Committee and Planning Committee, is an adviser to the USEF High-Performance Show Jumping Committee and is president of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. 1 This is a very tight, secure rider with a beautiful release. Her heel is down and her ankle is flexed. Her toes are turned out, close to the acceptable maximum 45 degrees. This allows for a viselike grip in the calf, but more recently we’ve modified the leg for more suppleness. Also, her stirrup iron is more in the middle of the ball of her foot, instead of the more typical one-third of her toe in the iron, though this is acceptable on…

11 min.

Based at Fox Covert Farm, in Upperville, Virginia, Jim Wofford competed in three Olympics and two World Championships and won the U.S. National Championship five times. He is also a highly respected coach. For more on Jim, go to www.jimwofford.blogspot.com. Eventing is a strange business. We do it for one simple reason—cross country. Yet in order to enjoy those wonderful competition moments at the gallop, we spend endless hours trotting in a circle in search of the elusive 10 on a dressage movement or vainly looking for perfect strides in an imperfect show-jumping world. Most eventers gladly pay this price to finally go cross country. The irresistible thrill of galloping across open fields and over jumps on a horse who loves the sensation as much you do makes any price seem small.…

7 min.
take full advantage of your ‘why’

An equestrian mental-skills coach and A-circuit competitor, Tonya Johnston has a master’s degree in sport psychology. Her book, Inside Your Ride: Mental Skills for Being Happy and Successful with Your Horse is available in paperback or e-book editions. For more info on Tonya’s work, go to TonyaJohnston.com. Why do you ride?” “Why do you compete?” Ask two people those questions and you are sure to get different answers. We each have our own personal passion that keeps us involved in this amazing sport. In fact, being aware of your unique, specific reasons for riding has the potential to build psychological strength and positive energy like nothing else. The passion and dedication that fuel your love of riding are extremely powerful forces and can be channeled in many useful ways to help…

16 min.
eventing’s quest for a safer sport

Any activity involving horses will always carry an inherent amount of risk. Add in the element of galloping a horse at speed over solid cross-country obstacles, and eventing carries one of the highest risk levels for serious injuries and fatalities among all equestrian sports. Statistics gathered over the last two decades have painted a disturbing picture. Since 2004, the Fédération Equestre Internationale reports that 14 event riders around the world have died at international competitions due to fatal accidents on cross country. While the FEI only reports fatalities that occur at international competitions, the website horsetalk.co.nz has tracked 38 riders around the world who have died from accidents during both national and international events for the same time period; it lists another 17 riders who have died in eventing since 1997.…

14 min.
take it to the bank

Picture yourself approaching a maximum Advanced-level drop: 6-foot-7 inches. As you get close to the edge, it looks 10 times bigger than it did when you walked the course. But your horse takes two shuffling steps, then bends his knees and hocks to crouch his belly down toward the ground before dropping softly over the edge. As his front feet leave the ground, his body tilts underneath you like a teeter-totter—his front end rotating downward while his hind end rotates up. There’s a bit of a jolt on landing, but not so much that you can’t reorganize your reins quickly and steer toward the next skinny element of the combination, which your horse hops neatly over. Throughout the entire experience, you sit quietly in the saddle, keeping your legs closed around…