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How do you work on your horse’s stamina with canter work ?

How do you work on your horse’s stamina with canter work ? To prepare for the cross-country phase in eventing, you have to work on your horse’s stamina in canter. An untrained horse will need about eight weeks of training to develop his stamina. This training is necessary so that your horse performs on the …

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How do you improve your approach technique when jumping ?

How do you improve your approach technique when jumping ? Where is the optimal take off point according to the type of fence ?  First of all, it is worth noting that there are different types of fences in show jumping: vertical fences and wide jumps.  The wide ones are divided into several categories: triple …

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How do you introduce lateral work and the rein-back to a young horse ?

For young horses, I start introducing lateral work and the rein-back unmounted. This way, I can check that they already understand these movements naturally, without the weight of the rider which can disturb them. And finally, to see whether they can manage to cross their legs on both sides by themselves.  How do you introduce …

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How do you jump accuracy fences in the cross-country phase ?

How do you jump accuracy fences in the cross-country phase ?  Accuracy fences can be found on many cross-country courses and they require a lot of precision from the rider and forwardness from the horse. With enough training, these fences become natural and the horses don’t hesitate anymore.  Start by warming-up your horse. Ask for …

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How do you improve your position over jumps to help your horse perform his best ?

How to jump safely ? The horse has a natural balance that can be more or less disturbed when the rider first sits on him. This shows that horses are influenced by the weight of their riders. Since there are different disciplines, we have different positions to maintain balance. Jockeys are in search of speed, …

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