Eventing

Practice Maintaining Impulsion on Course with the Figure-8 Over Fences

With Karen Brain - Impulsion is the desire to move forward with more energy than is required to just ‘go forward. It’s an eagerness of energy being offered by the horse within each step while still in easy control of the rider.

Tighten Up Jump-off Turns with Hugh Graham

With Hugh Graham - Canadian Olympian and top show jumping competitor Hugh Graham explains and demonstrates his techniques for riding tighter turns in the jump-off by choosing your arc to the jump and sticking to the track of that arc.

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“In a straight horse, the hind hoof steps into or over the track of the front hoof on the same side, whether on a straight line, circle, or curve,” says dressage trainer, coach, and FEI rider Sandra Verda-Zanatta. “The shoulders of the horse should be in line with his hips.

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The importance of contact in dressage cannot be overstated. “Without contact, straightness is not possible, nor is good collection. Your aids, which include your upper body, legs, hands, and seat, combine to create the contact, which should be elastic.

Jumping with Contact

With Margie Gayford - Contact, to the average rider, seems to refer only to the contact through the rein, but really, contact is communication with your horse and the rein is just one form of that communication. There are a couple of other points of contact, being your hips and seat, your legs through your thigh and calf, and your heel and foot.

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When we go to the gym we all know that a good warm-up session is essential when it comes to protecting against such injuries as pulled muscles or strained tendons and ligaments. There is no difference when it comes to your horse’s workout. Many horses spend 23 hours of each day standing around in relatively small paddocks.

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In the previous article, we covered the general principles of a good warm-up and the reasons why it’s an essential part of every ride. Now we’ll continue to focus on the warm-up with a look at some basic exercises designed to prepare your horse physically and mentally for the workout session.

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