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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman Winter 2019

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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English
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Active Interest Media
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
horses being silly

After we finished a photo shoot with Ali Brock (page 88), she showed us photos of our cover boy, Cheraton, from earlier that day (below). Though lying down, he was alert at first. But when she went to put on the halter, he dropped his muzzle to the stall floor. We joked that “the life of a model was just exhausting!” Looking at those photos, I laughed again—horses can be quite comical. With that in mind, the staff is sharing some of our horses’ lighter moments. Dressage Managing Editor Lindsay Paulsen: There isn’t much that scares my 18-year-old mare, Fenna. When I took her down to Florida this year, though, I was nearly late for a lesson because I could not get her past three tiny ponies with their pint-sized riders.…

2 min.
on the web

Keep Your Horse Happy, Healthy and Safe In this issue, pro groom Liv Gude explains how to use coolers effectively (see page 107). For more horse care and health tips, tune in to the Practical Horseman Podcast episode with Liv and check out her web article, “6 Tips to Improve Your Horse’s Health.” PracticalHorsemanMag.com Visit PracticalHorsemanMag.com for exclusive content on training, health, lifestyle, news and competition. Keep up with PRAC on social media! On DressageToday.com For more dressage articles, videos and news, head over to DressageToday.com. Inside a Training Session with Robert Dover In this video with U.S. Olympian and former Technical Advisor for the U.S. Dressage Team, Robert Dover works with Heather Mendiburu riding What Happen, a 16-year-old Hanoverian mare. Robert discusses the four qualities a rider needs to master from half halt to half halt: rhythm,…

2 min.
snapshot

MACKENZIE CLARK • SHANNON BRINKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY • FEI • FEI/LUKASZ KOWALSKI • LIBBY LAW PHOTOGRAPHY • TRICIA BOOKER • FEI/RIDEHESTEN.COM/KRISTINE ULSØ OLSEN. LIBBY LAW PHOTOGRAPHY • SUSAN J. STICKLE • FEI/JXB PHOTOGRAPHY • LIBBY LAW PHOTOGRAPHY…

2 min.
world cup snapshot

With the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final and the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final slated to return to Las Vegas, Nevada, April 15–19, 2020, here’s a look back at the championships’ decades-long history. Don’t miss a second of the action at the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals. Tickets are now available for purchase—visit WorldCupLasVegas.com for more information. Also, check out page 14 for chances to win a trip to each final. PIERRE COSTABADIE/ARND.NL • CHARLES MANN/ARND.NL • BOB LANGRISH • SHANNON BRINKMAN • AMY K. DRAGOO • AMY K. DRAGOO. ARND BRONKHORST • CHARLES MANN/ARND.NL • BOB LANGRISH • AMY K. DRAGOO/AIMMEDIA • SHANNON BRINKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY • AMY K. DRAGOO/AIMMEDIA • ARND BRONKHORST…

7 min.
enhance your horse’s balance and athleticism

In this gymnastic, you will position raised rails both before and after two crossrails in an hourglass pattern. The raised rails sit four to five strides out from the crossrails, angled left and right as well as straight ahead so you can vary your path following the gymnastic. The hourglass offers plenty of flexibility—you’re limited only by your imagination. For example, make the two center crossrails a one-stride one day and a bounce another—or use a combination of the two with three crossrails. For optimal results, I incorporate transitions between gaits as part of my gymnastic scheme. Practicing transitions can never be overdone because they help balance your horse and give his stride adjustability. In this exercise, you will ask for numerous transitions and adjustments to enhance your horse’s balance and athleticism…

6 min.
6 exercises to develop relaxation

A routine I call the “kindergarten exercises” is for horses and riders needing to learn more about rhythmic application and timing of the aids. These exercises translate human thought into a common language both horse and rider can understand: the aids. Although these exercises sound very intellectual, they are really simple. Purpose of the Exercises These exercises will help you teach your horse to respond to your leg and rein aids in an increasingly sophisticated manner. Developmentally, I was taught that there are three steps from basic to advanced for determining the effectiveness of the aids and that the horse learns to respond to the aids in these three steps: 1. relaxation2. obedience3. desired effect In the first step, the horse relaxes from the rhythmic application of his rider’s aids. Once he is relaxed,…