Horse & Rider

Horse & Rider

H&R Monthly July 2021

In every issue of Horse & Rider you'll find articles on training by the country's leading experts, the latest on equine health care from top veterinarians, trail riding tips from savvy back country riders, and much more!

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United States
Equine Network
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17,53 €(IVA inc.)
4 Números

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4 min.
learning to show

THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, I’ve worked with riders whose goal is to show and win. I’ve given them lessons, trained their horses, taken them to shows, and done what I can to prepare them for the show pen. Some were successful and others weren’t—and among the latter have been riders with the most money, the fanciest horses, and the biggest goals. What makes the difference? My answer is that learning to show is a process, not a purchase. It takes time, sweat, sometimes tears, and I don’t know of anyone who’s learned to show well without commitment to it. To succeed, you must develop and build on a complex set of skills, not just one or two; the ability to guide your horse through a pattern, or to walk, jog, and lope on the…

5 min.
a foundation for success

YOU’VE ALMOST CERTAINLY HEARD THE PHRASE, “no hoof, no horse.” While feet might not be the most exciting aspect of horse ownership to discuss, they’re certainly the foundation of success—both figuratively and literally. At my barn, we pay close attention to shoeing, trimming, and hoof care. I attribute our infrequent incidence of lower-leg problems—pulled and torn tendons and ligaments—to taking special care to tailor-make a hoof-care program for each horse, according to his needs. I’ll share a few of our practices here so you can consider how they might work in your situation and discuss them with your farrier. There are three things I want to make clear to start. 1.) I’m not a farrier; I use the services of a highly skilled professional, and we discuss my horses’ feet and the…

3 min.
calm, focused, energized

Do you get nervous before competing at an event? Most people do. Fortunately, there’s a way not only to calm your horse-show jitters, but also to prepare you to perform your very best. To give that blue-ribbon effort, you must call up a state of mind, body, and emotion that enables you to be calm, focused, and confident. And energized! This means you’re eager to perform, with just the right amount of muscle tension to be ready but not tense, and able to access the skills you’ve worked so hard to achieve. In other words, you must be in the zone. What puts you there? A mental ritual you’ve practiced in advance until it’s second nature. Then, when you do it right before your class, you feel that calm, clear, let’s-go feeling…