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The Eventers Dictionary - Part 2 Since the beginning of time, there has always been a certain communication barrier between horses and humans, mostly due to our unfortunate inability to learn to speak their language. This dictionary serves to break down that barrier by proving riders with a translation for what their commands mean to the equine mind. Or, more specifically, to the event hors . . .
 
 
Teach a Horse to Bend In this article I shall be explaining in detail all the methods I have used to teach a horse to bend. Before I begin I wish to remind my readers that to try to follow these methods exactly step by step, or using any method without allowing flexibility, will seldom bring you success. A good trainer always rides by ‘feel’ meaning that they listen to what their . . .
 
Top Twenty Reasons To Ride A Horse Even though an infinite amount of reasons exist to ride a horse, I reduced this down to the top twenty reasons to ride a horse, as opposed to a dinosaur, flying saucer, or tap dancing polar bear. #20 - A horse will almost never succumb to toilet humour. #19 - Unlike their riders, horses don’t tend to be stinky, unless farted on. #18 - If your horse does g . . .
 
Training the Showjumping Horse - Chapter 1 I have decided to share with all of you just a little bit of everything I have learned while training my mad band of loons. I can't pretend to be an expert or a genius, but what I've done has got me the results I wanted, so maybe it could help you as well? . . .
 
National Junior Championships – Part Six I closed my legs around her sides, waiting for the beautiful feeling of harmony I’d felt over the two previous jumps. At the last minute, Finola seemed to lose heart, and she slammed on brakes. She skidded into the base of the jump – hocks nearly touching the ground – and ended up with her front legs hooked over the front bar of the triple bar. The moment . . .
 
Pelham Ponies - Yay or Neigh At every show, without fail, we will see some tiny kid chucked up on the million dollar showjumping pony that Daddy dearest smashed his piggy bank to buy, and 9 out of ten times, little Sally or Mary-Sue will be sitting on the poor critter with a bit that looks like it could stop a tugboat, hauling the poor animal’s back teeth out. Now, it’s clear for all . . .
 
Ask Polo - Article 2 “Bolting when I get on. He's as good as gold on the ground, but when I mount, he bombs off before I've had the chance to get my stirrups or tighten my girth. This morning, my saddle slipped and I fell off, because he didn't give me time to adjust it, so it's getting dangerous. He settles a bit after a very tight circle, but it takes him almost ten minutes fo . . .
 
The Nature of the Crazy Eventer Those of you who event, or know somebody who events, will surely agree with me when I say that the sport defies all logic. It’s like trying to take a convertible around a 4X4 track, or going skydiving using a plastic packet as a parachute. It is completely nonsensical, no matter how you look at it. You break your bank account and put in HOURS of hard work ju . . .
 
Moonfire - Fixing a Rearing Problem - Sitting a Rear In the previous articles, we discussed Moony’s rearing problem, a rider’s usual approach to a rear, and how to correctly approach a rear. To sum up, when your horse rears, you do not want to make a big issue out of it – because that is what will lodge it in his memory. You want to wait for him to come down, give him a calm word of scolding, maybe a nudge wit . . .
 
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Two Believe it or not, an ill-fitting saddle is not the only cause of back pain in horses, although it is the leading one. Back pain can be caused by a number of different things. The following are a few prime examples. A rider who sits skew – as so many of us do – can cause the horse’s back to twist, or cause the saddle to sit incorrectly across the spine. This . . .
 
 
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