Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the ability of a horse to calmly and smoothly set back a horse was extremely necessary? At the same time you asked the horse to step back, but instead of smoothly, without any fuss, besiege the horse, as you imagined, the horse behaved as if you forgot to remove it from the parking brake: she threw back her head and neck, raising them high in protest , and the hoof seemed just stuck to the ground. Or maybe she didn’t go straight back, but moved somewhere at a 90 degree angle from where you were? Continue reading
Activate your horse’s “engine”
Many coaches say that the horse’s back should be “active.” But what is this “activity” and how to achieve it? What activity can be considered correct, and how can a rider use his controls to activate a horse’s “engine”?
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All my horses are drawn to the bridle when I saddle them. The way a horse takes a bridle and snaffle can tell a lot about its attitude to work. The mouth is the most sensitive place of a horse, so exposure to it allows us to communicate with it at the most subtle level. When I saddle horses, I always pay attention to how they agree to take the bridle. If the horse is embarrassed, I ask myself: what could the horse be offended at the last training session? Is there any source of physical discomfort? Continue reading