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Author: Cavallista

Horse biomechanics at trot

This is the frame we should search for in warming up, cooling down or relaxing phase of every horse training.The horse on this picture moves with relaxed topline (back, neck, croupe), engaged core muscles (pink arrows), telescopes the neck forward down (violet arrow, small orange arrow), relaxes and opens pole area. Lifts energetically his legs (red arrows) and lowers a bit his croupe (big orange arrow). Because he engages his core and relaxes his topline, the back and neck base are lifted (green arrows). So the energy can come smoothly from behind and he swings in the movement.The head is infront of the vertical, seeking the light...

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Rider’s uniqueness

Every rider, as every horse is unique! So everybody has their own unique body, unique body posture, ways of moving or coordinating his body parts and an unique way of learning, thinking or feeling. Look at this picture! Already at this simple exercise on a bench, when I ask these young riders in my boot camp, to seat as if they were on a horse, the differences in their body postures are obvious. These all become even more pronounced on a horse in a movement, because movemental patterns take place more automatically then. Pay attention to the curve of their backs: the 2nd and 4th riders, from left to right, have a very pronounced...

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TIPS: Young horse training

During first lessons I don't push a young horse in the »right« frame, but I just help him to relax and adjust the speed. When it happens that he puts/carries himself in a good frame/shape, I praise him with my voice. From time to time I start to introduce half-halts with the longeline, to invite him more often in a right frame. The most times that I apply the half-halt, he will not respond with yielding to the pressure, but no problem. He still doesn't know what it means. I don't increase the pressure, never! It will come by the time, we spend together. Now, he's not strong enough...

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Free 3 doors in the horse …

When explaining to my riders how a rider should ride or work a horse, I like to use one of my simple metaphors: The Metaphor of  Free 3 doors in the horse. Imagine that a horse has 3 doors in three very crucial parts of his body: 1st door lies behind his jaw around the pole area, close to the first neck vertebra (atlas-axis area) 2nd door lies where the horse has his neck base, low under the withers, inside his chest between shoulders (around 7th cervical vertebra and 1st thoracic vertebra) 3rd door is in the point where horse's hindquarter connects to his core (around last lumbar vertebra, lumbo-sacral joint, pelvis) If any of these doors are closed, half open or even locked then the energy...

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TIPS: Different “frames” of a young horse at trot

Let's go briefly through different shapes of body in movement at trot that a young horse offers us during first lessons on the longeline. But this are just outlines, you have to listen to your horse to find out which shape is the best for him at which phase of the training (starting). SCHOOL YOUR EYES SERIES: Best shape for this phase of the training Here Chilly is in his best shape for this phase of the training of a young horse. His nose line is a little bit in front of the vertical (he is free at poles), his whole upperline (neck & back) are relaxed and let the...

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Improving rider’s balance

You can try different equipment and objects made for exercising the body balance in general. Thus you can practice and build your strength/stamina without making kilometers on your horse's back. He will appreciate it, I garantee you!

This balance cycle on the video helps you improve your balance and coordination in general. This kind of exercises make your muscles and sense of balance work without your conscious control or involvment.

So your balance begins to work even more automatically. This is really helpful when you'll have to deal with situations when your horse gets scared. 

QR - a question for your reflection: Which rider has a...

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Zarja & Bliski – a tale for big and small ones …

Mati narava je ustvarila konja in mati domišljija je ustvarila palčke. Oboji zelo uživajo v letenju. A naključje je hotelo, da se palčkom krila ne morejo do konca razviti, dokler ne srečajo svojega pravega konja. Hkrati pa se konji brez kril svojega pravega palčka zaman poganjajo v galop, a se ne morejo dvigniti od tal in poleteti. Saj nekateri konji ali palčki se tudi odločijo ne letet in potem postanejo ljudje. Nekaj časa jim je uredu tako, nato pa jim prične nekaj manjkati. V sebi čutijo nemir, ki jih žene iskat svobodo in srečo. Tisti, ki pa so pogumni in radovedni, se kmalu odpravijo po svojo dušo...

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Horse bandages – “Yes or No ?”

Actually I don't like to say "no" to things in general, because then you lose one option in advance. So instead let's see what the effect of bandages on tissue is, it doesn't matter human or horse. Even if it's wrapped really softly, a bandage interferes on a normal blood flow (oxygen and nutrients supply of tissue), mobility of the joint, tendons, ligaments or even some muscles. In warm weather bandages could overheat tissue. Moreover, the horse has in his hairy, lower part of the pastern few tactile hairs, which  give him information about his legs coordination and terrain under him. So if we bandage them or trim (cut) them, we...

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