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Work with a horse in hand. Distance learning
Work in the hands is a necessary component of the dressage of any horse, usually little known and undeservedly ignored, although it is very useful and is one of the…

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Work with a horse in hand. Distance learning

Work in the hands is a necessary component of the dressage of any horse, usually little known and undeservedly ignored, although it is very useful and is one of the best teaching methods. This technique, as an important component, has been included in all classical dressage schools since the 18th century, but then unnecessarily faded into the background Perfectly complementing training under the saddle, working in your hands allows you to gently and calmly learn new elements for the horse. In this case, the horse learns new exercises, not being overstimulated and not tired, since it is not overloaded with the rider’s weight. The latter, in turn, receives a unique opportunity to use the controls as accurately and correctly as possible.

Work with a horse in hand. Distance learning
In addition, work in the hands reduces to nothing the possibility of the horse getting a negative impression from the first experience in studying a new element. In this article, we limit ourselves to describing a few simple exercises available to most riders and horses. Work in the hands – why it is needed Work in the hands – this is a very mild technique that allows you to acquaint the horse with some new elements. Without a rider on his back, the horse is usually calmer and more relaxed, the rider’s weight does not imbalance the horse and does not prevent it from moving. And when the animal is calm and relaxed, it better understands what is expected of it. It will be easier for you to achieve the fulfillment of such elements as rejection, lateral bending, Spanish step. When working in hands, the horseman is less concerned about the horse, so it is easier to force him to pass in the jaw or the back of the head, work out the straight and lateral flexion, give flexibility to the hind legs and lower back when turning on the front and upsetting.

It is much more convenient for a trainer and a rider to lead a horse from the ground. He is not anxious to stay in the saddle, and gets the opportunity to influence his partner in a more focused, understandable and accurate way. The horse is always in front of his eyes, which allows the rider to see the work being done, and not just feel the horse as if he were riding. From the ground it is easier to assess the emotional reaction of a horse: to notice when the animal is afraid, whether it is relaxed or, on the contrary, closed, whether the horse understands what is wanted from it or not. And the horse will be more attentive to the commands of the person, if he is near her head. However, we must bear in mind that the horse is not able to be extremely concentrated for more than fifteen minutes. Accordingly, it is necessary to anticipate a weakening of attention, arrange breaks and regularly change exercises. It is advisable to start work in the hands in the closed arena. Do not forget that, although work in the hands brings one benefit, it can be very dangerous if carried out by an inexperienced rider or a person deprived of the notorious “tact ecestr”, that is, “the feeling of a horse.” Important: the right preparation There is nothing to think about starting work in the hands, if the rider did not win the complete confidence of the horse. Thus, the first stage consists in long caressing and stroking a horse, to relax it completely. In no case can not ignore it. Accordingly, the horse should not be set up for work, but for complete relaxation: the neck is extended, the head is not raised too high and not lowered too low, the ears are sticking up, showing curiosity. The rider should be able to walk around his pupil, stroke him on the hull, on the rump, without causing the slightest sign of anxiety in the horse. Trust and submission are necessary for both partners during their subsequent work. The second stage is to introduce the horse to the whip. She should consider the whip as an assistant and, in any case, not be afraid of him. If you succeed, then you can touch the whip to any point of the horse’s body without causing its anxiety. The whip should be the natural extension of the rider’s hand. It is also necessary to get used to his pupil to contact with this tool: iron the horse with the handle of the whip, and then with the flexible part until the horse stops responding to it. The stage of dating and getting used to the whip is one of the most important, and you need to devote some time to it. Work in the hands does not require any special equipment. Headbands or bridles with a soft (preferably exaggerated) snaffle bit are enough. Do not overtighten the primer. The rider will need only gloves and a long dressage whip of medium flexibility in order to be able to touch any place on the horse’s body. It is very dangerous to work in the hands without removing the spurs.

When to work in your hands?
No matter when, it matters how. You can work in your hands before or after working under the saddle. You can alternate. In principle, avoid requiring the execution of complex exercises in an already tired, spent horse under the saddle. It is equally important to warm up and stretch your student well before working in his hands. Experts recommend to refrain from working in the hands if the horse has not worked the day before or if the temperature is below 5 degrees Celsius.

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