|- You canÂt "make" a horse jump, but you can try to win its trust, sier Aistis i sin tredje blogg pĂ„ feltritt.com. |
Her kan du lese om hvordan du mentalt bygger opp og forbereder en hest for feltritt.
Hi North Eventers!
Finally we have ugly, wet and cloudy weather here in Denmark. It is still much snow, but sometimes possible to hear birds carefully preparing for the coming spring.
This time I want to share some of my thoughts about building and preparing the horse for eventing.
I would like to talk more about the mental state of the horse. As you know, also for horses, physical condition and mental state go together, although I think that in our sport the mental condition plays a major part of a good performance, but of course its physical condition has a great influence on the physical performance. I do often name eventing sport, a sport of mind. A lot of horses are strong enough to go around and jump all the fences as well as a lot of them give up too early and too soon.
The biggest mistakes are often made because neither horse, nor rider is sufficient prepared mentally and emotionally. Of course, you say, itÂs easy to talk. Of course, I say, itÂs easy to talk. But from own experiences with difficult horses and observations of other riders in their daily job and performing, I learned that many of us want too much too soon by pushing both ourselves and our horses too hard, specially during the daily training.
The horse will become a confident and reliable partner at any level of eventing course if it will trust the rider. ItÂs the rider who is control and knows whatÂs coming up around the corner. The horse must be able to trust the rider blindly and expect the best help. Or in other words; let the horse do the job you both learned at home, where also the absolute trust is built. As you understand IÂm talking about cx training.
ItÂs absolutely unnecessary to force the horse to make spooky jumps, or use a hard wip to pull him down in a water pool. During shows I very often saw jumping riders trying desperately to make the horse jump in the ÂrefusedÂ water after the competition, even with assistance from other people and almost everyone has the same problems again and again during the next competitions.
You canÂt "make" a horse jump, but you can try to win its trust. I have had some jumpers in training with a "water problemÂ. After one month of training they cross the water like nothing happened before. Everything what I did was arming myself with a lot of patience and slowly convincing the horse that the magic water is the same thing that it drinks and used for daily washing in the stable. Walking closely around and staying in front of the jump very often helps. Then after, sometimes more than half an hour, its curiosity wins and it steps forward to explore the Âstrange thing". The most important is never to force the horse against its will. It works all the time!!! They finally all want to go themselves.
This little example I want to use for all philosophy of eventing riding. To have a 100% reliable horse is a question of trust and training gained by patience and no forcing. With an unconfident horse you will probably receive better result by walking it half an hour into the water in stead of making three jumps by using the wip.
I always keep in mind: itÂs not me, but the horse that wants to jump and gallop around the course. It never works the other way around. ItÂs such a pleasure to have a horse like a part of you, to be solid one in this exiting game of evening sport.
At last I hope you and your horse will enjoy jumping in to the coming spring. For sure I will!
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