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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman June 2016

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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United States
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
mistakes happen

As I read grand-prix rider Todd Minikus’ article about making the most of a round gone wrong (page 30), my mind flashed back to a particularly bad trip I had many years ago in an equitation class in Vermont. It started with a pretty spectacular chip to an in-and-out combination and only got worse. I think that happens to many riders—especially amateurs. We want to be perfect, and if we’re not, we immediately start to beat ourselves up and forget to ride. Todd explains that this is not the best choice because even when disaster strikes, you can use the round to improve your and your horse’s skills. How successful you are depends on your preparation, which, as always, begins at home. The four exercises that Todd gives in his article will…

5 min.
choose the best thoroughbred hunter/jumper

10-year-old mare Thoroughbred DISCIPLINE: Hunter/Jumper 7-year-old gelding Thoroughbred DISCIPLINE: Hunters 9-year-old gelding Thoroughbred DISCIPLINE: Jumpers To learn about Julie’s evaluation philosophy and to see an example of how to best present your horse for this column, visit www.PracticalHorsemanMag.com. Whether judging a model class, evaluating a prospect for a client or sizing up the yearlings at home, I first stand back and look for an overall impression of balance and symmetry. My ideal horse “fits” in a square box. By that, I mean he is defined by matching and equal parts, both front to back and side to side. This allows for athletic ability, soundness, trainability and longevity in the job. A horse who fits in a box will have a body made up of one-third shoulder, one-third back and one-third hindquarters. I like to see the withers and…

7 min.
four riders with solid legs

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 Our first rider appears to be using safety stirrups with a strong elastic band for the outside branch. Children up to age 12 usually use them, though some adults do, too. This should never be criticized because it’s a traditional piece of safety tack. Her leg position is excellent. The stirrup is on the ball of her foot. The outside branch is ahead of the inside branch and at a right angle to the girth. Her heel is down, her ankle is flexed…

9 min.
horses in wonderland

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 towww.jimwofford.blogspot.com. I rode a nice 4-year-old the other day—Greenbean (“GB”), an off-the-track Thoroughbred who had been turned out for a few months to remember how to “just be a horse” and had recently been started back in work. I don’t ride many 4-year-olds any more—I am suspicious of anything that can move faster than I can think. But I was assured GB would be a safe conveyance for a geezer, so away we went. When he seemed to adjust to the extra weight on his back after a few minutes, I started to…

3 min.
2016 world cup finals

Show Jumping Results 1. Steve Guerdat (SUI) and Corbinian 2. Harrie Smolders (NED) and Emerald N.O.P. 3. Daniel Deusser (GER) and Cornet d’Amour 4. Marcus Ehning (GER) and Cornado NRW 5. Denis Lynch (IRL) and All Star 5 6. Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Taloubet Z 7. Callan Solem (USA) and VDL Wizard 8. Penelope Leprevost (FRA) and Vagabond de la Pomme Dressage Results 1. Hans-Peter Minderhoud (NED) and Glock’s Flirt 2. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén (SWE) and Don Auriello 3. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER) and Unee BB 4. Patrik Kittel (SWE) and Watermill Scandic 5. Anna Kasprzak (DEN) and Donnperignon 6. Fabienne Lütkemeier (GER) and D’Agostino FRH 7. Inessa Merkulova (RUS) and Mister X 8. Judy Reynolds (IRL) and Vancouver K…

13 min.
show-jump salvage job

Todd Minikus has won countless grands prix in a career now spanning more than three decades. Originally from outside of Des Moines, Iowa, he received his first pony at the age of 1, then rode Western before taking his first jumping lesson at age 11. Hooked on show jumping ever since, he turned professional when he was 18 and went on to earn enough prize money on a Canadian ex-racehorse named Thriller to buy himself a truck and trailer. After Thriller was sadly killed in a trailer accident, Todd found another Canadian ex-racehorse and named him Thrilling. This turned out to be his first big-time grand prix horse. The pair won all of the open jumper classes, including the President’s Cup, at the 1990 Washington International Horse Show, earning Todd…