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Basic training for Icelandic horses

Anyone who owns a young horse will sooner or later be faced with the exciting stage of breaking in. Questions that arise are, who takes over the training,

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How Horses Learn

If we want to train our horses as finely and Sportsfreundlich as possible, we should not only deal with how the anatomy

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do not force it

Sentences like "You just have to be more strikt, your horse is messing with you. " or "He's not in the mood for it right now, it's too strenuous for him. " are often heard at stables.

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How to train your horse in the winter

When it's wet, cold and dark outside, it sometimes takes a little effort to leave the cosy warmth of the house to go to the stable. Especially when there is not

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Endurance training

Definition. What is endurance? Meaning. Why is fitness important? Physiology. What processes take place in the horse? Energy metabolism.

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The Sportsfreund Studios blog contains numerous tips on dealing with horses. From fitness training to the learning behaviour of horses - you can read it all here. The blog is written by Karolina Kardel from 360 Grad Pferd.

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Horse Friendly Training

Whether a leisure horse or a sport horse, ultimately every Icelandic horse needs the same training. To be able to learn a horse needs to be relaxed. Stress-free training starts with understanding that a horse does not think like a human being. Sentences like "You just have to be more strikt, your horse is messing with you. " or "He's not in the mood for it right now, it's too strenuous for him. " have no place here. Instead of getting angry that our horse doesn't behave the way we want it to and punishing our horse for what we see as unruly and wrong behaviour, we should rather start showing our horse more understanding. We should ask ourselves what could be the reason that it reacts the way it does.

Improving the horse's body perception with proprioceptive training

Training is never one-sided. For a horse to be able to carry its rider well, all muscle groups should be addressed. For this you can already start with ground work.

There are proprioceptors everywhere in the joints, muscles and fascia. These are sensory nerve cells that inform the brain about body movement and position. The more movement stimulates a horse receives, the more the proprioceptors are challenged. Standing breaks or even the stall position ensure that the proprioceptors literally fall asleep.

If the proprioceptors are inactive, the brain receives too little information about muscle tension and joint position. Coordination and movement suffer as a result. For this reason, after a standing break, the focus should always be on activating the proprioceptors/improving body perception so that the control and use of the cooperating muscles functions adequately, joint stability is increased and a renewed risk of injury is minimised. Propriozeptives Training kann, je nach Gesundheitszustand des Pferdes, ganz unterschiedlich gestaltet sein. Vor allem aber lässt es sich auch ohne Equipment wunderbar beim Spaziergang einbauen.

Building muscle, burning fat, relationship work: fitness training

You could say that my horse doesn't need to have good endurance to be ridden out twice a week for an hour.But endurance is important for irt's health and important for all horses that are expected to perform at a certain level: It prevents injuries and overstraining. The primary goal of basic endurance training is to develop the physiological basis and metabolism in such a way that the horse can withstand stress while minimising the risk of injury.

A good endurance brings advantages to the horse. It can not only move from A to B, but has extra energy for other things, like carrying the rider, arching the back, dressage lessons, oval track tests. And it does it with charisma because it comes easily to it. The horse's psyche also benefits, which makes it easier to get along with humans.

Endurance makes a horse brave and self-confident. It can handle tasks easily and not just like that. What is easy is fun. Endurance is the best protection against overstraining. The horse is trained in such a way that it does not have to live from hand to mouth in terms of condition - it should have something to spare. In this way, it has sufficient reserves in case of special stress or illness.

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