“When is it time to call it quits? When is enough, enough?” When your purpose for showing has changed People start showing horses for many reasons. Many people start showing because it’s a family affair while others get into showing when their love and passion for horses leads them to enter competitions. No matter the … Continue reading When is it time to give up the show ring?
One of the things that makes hunter/jumper shows so complicated are unrated divisions. Many shows choose to add divisions that aren’t technically recognized by the United States Hunter Jumper Association or the United State Equestrian Federation to increase entries and provide more opportunities for adult amateurs to actually get in the show ring. Usually these … Continue reading Guiding yourself through Unrated Hunter Divisions
I receive countless stories of horse lovers that attempt to educate their foal or filly. It seems that a growing number of first time horse owners and novice riders are choosing to purchase a green horse and hoping to turn it into their dream partner. Green on green makes black and blue! This is often a dangerous … Continue reading Green on Green makes Black & Blue.
For over 2,000 years, man has been riding horses and discovering techniques on how to train them. People have come up with fantastic ideas, including inside leg to outside rein, figuring out that horses travel in a diagonal frame, and go forward first. While I am sure there were plenty of ideas that did not … Continue reading The Dressage Pyramid in Hunters & Jumpers
Horses have many built-in mechanisms to keep themselves warm in cold weather, but living in domestic conditions requires care on the part of the owner to ensure our equine companions can handle chilly temps. Before the weather outside gets frightful, here are some horse management items you should check off your list. ✓ Provide Standard … Continue reading Winter Care Tips for helping your horse skate through the cold.
What is Equitation For those new to horse shows or wanting to learn more, equitation is judged on the rider. Rider position, turnout and effectiveness is judged. Where hack and undersaddle classes are judged on the horse, the horses movement, performance and possibly conformation, equitation is the riders seat, legs and basically their position. A … Continue reading Winning Equitation is the key to the ribbons
Show-Better Tips for AllExperienced, amateur, novice, old, young, man, woman, teen, child--all of the following tips apply to you. These may seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many competitors don't practice them. Not only do these tips promote a healthy lifestyle in general, but I guarantee they'll help take the edge off … Continue reading Horse Show Anti-Stress Tips
If you are interested in teaching your inexperienced or young (at least 3 years old) horse to jump, low obstacles should be well within his ability as long as he is sound, physically mature and fit. Teaching a horse to jump for the first time, especially a green horse, can be unpredictable. Be sure to … Continue reading Teaching your horse to jump
If your horse seems reluctant to go forward, if his body feels rigid and unyielding to your aids, if his jumping style is flat or hollow, your horse may be in need of some suppling. But at least you’re not alone – the stiff horse is one of the most common rider complaints out there. … Continue reading Combining flatwork and fences
Grand-prix rider Wilhelm Genn explains how to give a young horse a positive start over fences. Q: I am bringing along my first horse, a 3-year-old, 16.2-hand Holsteiner filly. I want to train her to be a jumper/hunter and show her in some of the 4-year-old jumper classes if you recommend it. I am 5-foot-2 and weigh … Continue reading How should I start my young horse over fences?