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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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Lifgun – our first horse

Sportsfreund-Studios was founded by Veronika Conen, who only got into the world of 
late into the world of Icelandic horses with her daughter.

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Wearing a Rug permanently: Yes or no?

The question of whether, and if so, when, one should let our Icelandic horse wear a rug is always the subject of heated discussions. We think that, just as with

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Interview with Marleen Stühler

Dear Marleen, Please introduce yourself and your horse(s) briefly: Where are you from, how long have you been riding? I come from the beautiful Wertheim

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Sportsfreund Studios

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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Really understand your Horse

The more you understand your horse, the better you can act according to his needs. If we want to train our horses as finely and as sportsfreundlich as possible, we should not only study the anatomy and biomechanics of the horse, but also how horses learn and think. Only then can we make our training as horse-friendly and motivating as possible.

Become a better rider: From home

Riding really uses a lot of muscles - from head to toe. Whether arms, shoulders, stomach, back or legs - there are muscles everywhere that we need to sit upright and in balance on our horses, to adapt to the movements or to give aids. However, riding alone is not enough to keep us fit for it..

Do you also feel like you are constantly working on improving your riding technique, acquiring more and more knowledge to be able to train your horse even better, but completely lose sight of yourself and your own fitness? Then we can tell you that you are not alone! Lack of fitness, poor endurance and back problems are widespread problems among us riders. And this despite the fact that riding is a sport that challenges our bodies from head to toe.

Thermoregulation in horses: the interaction of skin, coat, blood vessels and sweat glands

First of all, we have the horse's skin. It is made up of several layers and, not least with the subcutaneous fat, provides an insulating layer. In addition, the skin helps to dissipate body heat and prevent the horse from overheating. There are numerous sensory nerve cells in the horse's skin that perceive different environmental stimuli. Among them are the so-called thermoreceptors, which register cold and heat so that the body can set processes in motion that warm it up or cool it down. If these receptors register that it is cold, for example, the heartbeat slows down and the blood vessels contract. In this way, less blood is pumped to the surface of the body, so less heat is lost. In addition, the hair bellows muscles of the cosy undercoat get the command to stand up the hair. This creates a warming layer that keeps the horse warm in addition to the coat it already has. Here you can read what possibilities a horse has to cool down.

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