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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman September 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
Active Interest Media
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

One of the things I love about this month’s special dressage issue is learning the equine origins of three top dressage riders. In Laura Graves’ story, “Tuned-In: Self-Going Horse” (page 38), our cover model says that she and her sisters grew up riding bareback in their Vermont backyard, first on two ponies their mother traded for an old washer/dryer. At the time, Laura says she was more focused on grooming horses and cleaning tack for 4-H in-hand presentations than for riding lessons. Allison Brock grew up in Hawaii, where she jumped, rode dressage, participated in Pony Club, exercised polo ponies, dabbled with cattle and played tag on horseback. As she describes in her story, “No Shortcuts!” (page 46), when she turned 12, she had to start earning her own rides working…

7 min.
two faulty releases

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 has subtle faults I see in most eventers that stem from schools in the Netherlands, Germany and England, where trainers emphasized knee grip because they thought it offered security, but the result is quite the contrary. When a rider grips with the knee, it acts as a pivot and the lower leg slips back and inadvertently acts as an active leg. The French school had it right by focusing on contact in the calf. This rider needs to relax her…

5 min.
choose the best dressage prospect

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 point of croup at the same level. The horse’s stance, from point of shoulder to buttock, should equal the distance from the height of the withers to the ground. I also always…

7 min.
our sport changes; horses do not

Based at Fox Covert Farm, in Upperville, Virginia,Jim Woffordcompeted 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. Phew! A few years ago, when I rented out my Virginia farm’s training facility and started freelancing, I thought I would have more spare time. Although I am busier than ever these days, I can’t really say I am successful; a man who is too busy to fish is not really a success. I finally got out for a nice day’s fishing recently, which gave me a moment to stop and think. I reflected that I am still saying the same things to my students that I have said for 50 years—and thank goodness, the…

6 min.
value your energy style

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 towww.TonyaJohnston.com. Sue normally gets a lot of energy for her jumping lessons. She gets on her horse, checks her girth, steps into twopoint and looks intently around the ring, noticing the jump heights and imagining possible courses for the day. Sue’s barn mate Addison is very calm; at horse shows she loves to spend time with her friends and takes naps to pass the time. Her heart rate stays very low and she has to fire herself up to remember the details of her ride…

11 min.
charlotte bredahl-baker: “winning will come to you”

Q What has made you so successful in dressage? CBB I am incredibly persistent and I have a very strong sense of responsibility. Whether it is a project, a horse in training or the pursuit of judging, I will just stay with it. I also think honesty and integrity are the most important characteristics. I believe people can count on me to always tell them the truth. Whether it is about a horse in training, selling a horse or something they need to be kept confidential, people know they can trust me 100 percent. Q What important values did you learn growing up? CBB My parents set a good example by being very hard workers. My mom worked full time in an office and then taught typing one night a week. She took…