Horse Show Warm Up – Top Correction for Your Horse Show Warm Up And How To Fix It

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Use Your Horse Show Warm Up to Improve Your Horse

The horse show warm up area is a place where competitors can make or break the competition. Do you use your warm up time effectively?

Often, when judging, the horse show warm up area is within ear shot of the competition ring. This permits me (during the waiting between competitors) to listen in on the warm up of most of the competitors. Sometimes, this is  a great tool and as I listen I keep my pen and paper handy to scribble down pearls of wisdom from coaches and trainers.

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Horse Training – 5 Factors of Jumping

This time of year when everyone is in full swing with their riding and showing sometimes we get bogged down with the details. If this happens to you, take some time to review the fundamentals and get things right. For example, watch this video of George Morris outlining the 5 Factors of Jumping.

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How to Fit a Noseband Correctly – 3 Tips for Fitting a Noseband

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Your Noseband Should Fit Securely

Fitting a noseband is easy. There are some important considerations when fitting your bridle and in particular – fitting your noseband
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Horse Training – How We Inadvertently Train Horses

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We are always horse training

This is a common question I get. The answer of course is because you trained him to do it!
Whether you believe it or not you have trained him to do it. What ever ‘it’ happens to be. Bad or good we have probably trained the horse to do it. Continue reading

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Horse Training Basic Riding School Movements to Include in Your Daily Horse Training

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Top 7 Ways Riders Interfere With Their Horses and How to Train Riders Not to Interfere

How Do Riders Interfere?

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Riders Can Practice Their Equitation over Gymnastic fences

Riders interfere by not staying with the horse and becoming unbalanced. This includes any of the following:

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Improve your Horse’s Form Over Fences – Top 3 Reasons to Use Gymnasitc Jumping to Improve Your Horse’s Form Over Fences

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Gymnastic Jumps can help improve your horses form over fences

Gymnastic jumps are a series of poles and obstacles set at certain distances to allow horses and riders to develop their ability and form over fences. By using poles and jumps at set distances riders can develop their form, balance, position, strength, feel, balance, straightness and suppleness.

Gymnastic jumping is a challenge for beginner riders and advanced horsemen and can be a systematic way to develop a green horse into a grand prix contender.

Top 3 Reasons to Use Gymnastic Jumping To Improve Your Horse’s Form

  1. When jumping on course, whether you are riding a hunter, jumper, equitation o
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    Gymnastic Jumps can be used to improve equitation over fences

    r event course, the course will ask questions. Technical questions, speed questions, agility questions and power questions. By performing a systematic development through gymnastics, most questions that a course will ask have been investigated, developed and performed thus allowing the horse and rider the confidence to answer the question that the course asks.

  2. When asked to do movesthat require agility and timing, such as
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    Riders Can Practice Their Equitation over Gymnastic fences

    those found in combinations, or jumping maximum height obstacles, all of these can be developed through a gymnastic.

  3. Equitation riders can improve their own skills by riding through gymnastics. When riders move around too much they interfere with the horse and its ability to get the job done. Riders must learn to stay in balance with the horse and not interfere.

Want to know the most popular gymnastic exercises? Stay tuned to learn how to set up and ride through your gymnastic.

 

 

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Horse Shows – So You Think You Got Something to Prove?

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Then don’t go to the horse show. Seriously.

DON’T go if:

  •  you aren’t getting excellent rides at home, mentally and physically, both you and your horse.
  •  you haven’t taken your horse off-property in many months (go somewhere lower-key first).
  •  you haven’t done your “homework”: both you     and your horse are fit, and riding AT LEAST one level (regardless of discipline of riding) higher than what you will be doing at the show.
  •  you are struggling with a component that you will need at the show.
  •  you absolutely HAVE TO take home the winning ribbon/prize/championship (well, ok, unless you are there to win thousands of dollars or the Olympics).
  •  you are unprepared in terms of tack/supplies.
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Going to horse shows can be rewarding

 

 “Green light” checklist for the show:

  • you can thank your horse for just getting the two of you to the show
  • you have it pretty good at home and your horse is producing “winning” rides on a regular basis.
  • you want to go and soak in the atmosphere of hundreds of others of people dedicated to their horses and sport like you!
  • you are prepared to put forth a strong attempt and receive feedback from the judge (and your horse!) with humility.
  • you know deep down that there is a tomorrow and you take what you learn from this show and put it forward to the work you will do at home and at the next show.
  • you know that even if you don’t win the class, you have a chance to watch others and learn from their efforts and experiences.
  • you will celebrate any ribbons (accomplishments) with the joy that comes with a deep sense of knowing that everything came together at the right place at the right time

Get out of your own backyard

Every now and then, it is a super feeling to get out of your own backyard, hit the road with your horse friend that you’ve been working with for so long, and get out to “play” with other like-minded people. However, before you head off, set yourself some achievable goals for the day – both for your riding and for your horse – and be satisfied with your performances if you achieved your goals. Sometimes, you might achieve your personal best out there in the ring, but on that day, it just isn’t good enough to receive a placing. And that should be as good an accomplishment as any.

And know that there is always the possibility that things don’t come together, and you might end up

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Winning ribbons isn't everything

 with a sub-par performance that day. In this case, know that there will be other days ahead when things will go right together.

Most important – listen to your horse, and see if the show was beneficial for him as well as you.

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This is a special guest post by Fwdnrnd. Fwdnrnd has been involved in the equine industry for the past 20 years as a rider, boarder, horse owner, competitor, coach, trainer, and breeder. Horse Listening symbolizes the path that has brought me to this place, through a myriad of experiences that have enriched my life and provided me opportunity for growth. With riding backgrounds encompassing western performance, endurance riding and competitive trail, natural horsemanship, and most prominently, dressage, I feel I have developed into a well-rounded and open-minded equestrian, always in search of more learning!

Take a moment to visit http://www.frwdnrnd.wordpress.com to see what we have to offer. Most topics revolve around the world of horse riding. The idea is to discuss not only “how to” topics, but to dig deeper into meanings and principles with regular consideration for the horse. I am hoping that the topics discussed in Horse Listening resonate for you and open a “space” for discussion and deliberation. Please comment and subscribe!

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Horse Training – Common Jumping Distances

Horse Training Common Distances

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When horse training or horse judging, it is the course designers job to set up the courses that are suitable for the competition. As a judge, we can go to the course designer and say “that line isn’t riding very well“, or “the horses aren’t making the distance“, but usually the course designers have the competition summed up and supply the best distances that allow the best horse to show off their technique.

In general the distances between jumps is dependent on:

  •  the height of the jumps
  • the size of the horse
  • the type of rider/horse
  • type of footing
  • location of jumps.

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Designers usually shorten distances when:

  • the footing is crappy (muddy, hard packed, deep)Sateessa
  • going uphill
  • going away from the gate
  • indoors vs outdoors
  • short approach
  • crummy weather
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Designers usually lengthen when:

  • Jumps are going downhill
  • Toward the in gate
  • In a large outdoor ring

As competitions become more stringent then designers use the distances to show which horses have the best athletic ability. This is seen in major jumping competitions that have significant variations in distances. For example a long galloping water jump followed by a huge imposing vertical. Also in hunter rounds the major shows use 13 foot strides between fences rather than 12 foot stride for local or even 11 or 11.5 foot strides for local and training shows.

More experienced riders can deal with the demands of the wide variation of the norm.

Distances are measured from the back of the fist fence to the front of the second fence. 

  Vertical Oxer
1 stride 2 strides 1 stride 2 strides 
Vertical 24ft 6” – 26ft 0” 34ft 9” – 36ft 3” 24ft 3” – 25ft 6” 35ft 0” – 35ft 6”
Oxer 25’– 26ft 3” 35ft 0” – 36ft 6” 24’ 0” – 25ft 0” 34ft 6” – 35 -0”

 

Distances are measured from the face of the landing side of the first fence, to the face of the take off side of the second fence, ignoring any small

Common Distances Used For Horse Shows

  Ponies Horse
# of Strides Small Med Large 3’0” 3’ 6” 3’ 9”
  9’ 10’ 11’ 12 12’ 6” 13”
1 19 21 23 25 26 27’
2 29 31 33 36 37 37 6”
3 38 41 44 48 49 50
4 47 51 55 60 62 64
5 56 61 66 72 75 77
6       84 88 90
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A Practical Guide to Using Horseshoe Studs

 

A Practical Guide to Using Horseshoe Studs
 by: Sian Simon


Studs, Caulks or Calks are metal devices that are screwed or driven into the bottom of your horse’s shoes. By protruding from the bottom of the shoe, they can help to provide traction over muddy or deep footing, such as sand, and help your horse jump more confidently.

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How to choose the correct caulk should be easy

Before using studs, holes are “tapped,” or drilled, into both heels, and sometimes the toes, of the horse’s shoe. Obviously the size of the hole must accommodate the stud and generally in the US, farriers will tap a hole that supports a 3/8″ diameter stud. Therefore, unless you have a special requirement for a smaller hole, such as a pony with very small feet, you should try to stick with 3/8′ studs.

The first time you ride your horse with studs you should fit him with some small road studs and let him walk around unmounted for a while to get used to the new feeling (this does not mean turn him out in a field with studs in – horses should never be turned out in studs!)

Here are some simple rules for using studs. These relate to “screw-in” studs rather than “drive-in” studs because screw-in studs are by far the most commonly used types.

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