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Cost of running a show jumping horse?

well the extra expenses are things like the special foods, you want to build up his energy with stuff like oats. then theres the cost of entering shows and the petrol cost of the horse lorry!

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What is it called when you get off a horse?


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What is the highest jump ever jumped in a show jumping competition?

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How tight should riding boots be at the calf?

Depending on your environment, ankle length boots may be better.

Long/Dressage or English style boots should be tight enough that they do not rub your calves, or the horse, at a sitting trot... but loose or of a flexible enough material to remove and put on without too much effort!

Something else to consider is the height of the boot - as was said before, the ankle-length paddock boots are practical and, with half chaps, can be warmer than dress or field boots. Paddock boots and half chaps are generally used for schooling and lessons, but leather half chaps are acceptable in some schooling shows.

If you choose field (hunter/jumper) or dress (dressage) boots, the height is as important as the width. The spanish-cut top which is currently in vogue is wonderful at making the leg appear longer without cutting off movement at the knee. Be careful in measuring your leg before ordering boots or, even better, go to a tack shop and try on various boots to find your best fit!

or if you can fit 3 fingers down the back of the boot that always works for me

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Horse Breeding

What does open pony mean?

In breeding, an open pony (mare) would be a female pony sized horse who is not a foal.

In the show world an "open" pony class/show could also mean open to all breeds and or classes of riders (amateurs, professionals), sizes of ponies, etc.

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Who has right of way in a riding arena?

you ride with the left hand facing the wall closest to you and the right hand into the areana and when you are asked or you want to change rein you ride in a little circle till youre right hand faces the wall.

That is factually incorrect. In the UK, you ride left to left but in France your ride right to right. when you are showjumping and warming up there is a red flag on the right which shows you which jump to go over.the correct direction

-------u pass left shoulder to left shoulder-the person going to the left has the right of way

Always pass on the right (follow this rules if you are going the same speed as the person you are passing and they are going the opposite direction as you), In every other scenario pass on the inside of the person that is going at a slower gait. It is always polite to tell the person you are passing by saying "Inside!" if you know the person's name add that to the end, if not say the horse color. Ex: "Inside Molly!" or "Inside Bay!" Obviously you shouldn't say this in the show ring as this might loose you some points.

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What is a salute in dressage?

A dressage salute is when the rider enters the areana and comes to a halt. The the rider puts the reins in the left and, and if they are a female rider the bow the head and bring their right hand to the side of the horse, if they are a male rider the take their hat off and bow their head and put their right hand to the side of the horse. The salute tells the judge you are ready. You also halt and salute at the end of your dressage test.

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What is the distance between trotting poles?

Depending on the size of the horse, about 4.5-5 feet. If measuring with your feet, that's about 5 heel-to-toe steps, or a longish stride. Then adjust for the horse as necessary.

Horse Behavior
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What is the difference between direct reining and neck reining?

Neck reining is when you hold the reins with one hand and you pull the reins on the side of the neck you want to go. Direct reining is when you pull the rein of the side you want to go. You actually pull the horses head in the direction you want to go.

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How old is Beezie Madden?

48. Her birthday was November 20, 1963.

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Should i ride a horse while I'm pregnant?

Sure. You can do things you have been doing before you became pregnant. I rode my horse every day while I was pregnant. I rode the day before my baby was born. It is not dangerous to the unborn baby if you take normal precautions to prevent accidents.

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Physical Therapy (physiotherapy)
Therapy Pets
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What is hippotherapy?

Hippotherapy is a treatment method involving horses as a means of working on physical, occupational, and speech-language goals. Impairments that can be improved with hippotherapy include: impaired balance responses, coordination, communication, or sensorimotor function difficulties; poor postural control; and decreased mobility.

The word hippotherapy is derived from the Greek word hippo which means horse. (The word hippopotamus also comes from the Greek and means River Horse.)

Therapeutic use of equestrian mounts was pioneered by the Germans in WW2. They called it Reittherapie (ride therapy, implying horse riding).

Although hippotherapy and therapeutic riding have some risks, as do any animal-assisted therapies, in accredited centers the risks are minimal and the benefits outweigh those risks. This type of therapy is growing in the US with new programs developing around the nation. Programs that are certified by NARHA, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, have undergone rigorous inspections and found to provide a safe and therapeutic environment that meets their strict standards.

See the links section associated with this question for additonal information from NARHA and a NARHA-accredited "Premier Accredited Center" in the US, SIRE Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, a non-profit organization.


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If equestrian is a team sport how many people in the team?

You can generally have any number in a team. Competitors are rotated on a team for each show to allow everyone a chance to participate. An average team will have around 8-14 people.

For example, on an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team, the number of members can range from a dozen to 100! Usually there is a point squad that members compete to be a part of, and it is this group of riders that contribute to overall team points.

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Are breastplates acceptable in the hunter ring?

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Is showjumping an expensive sport?

It depends how much you are willing to spend

To elaborate, much of it depends on the level of riding at which you're competing, and how much training you're willing to put into your horse. Showjumping on smaller circuits can be very affordable if you approach it with some common sense and practicality. Ask around at shows about working as a groom in order to learn how to properly turn out a horse for showjumping, as well as how to care for a horse doing things such as properly applying standing and polo wraps with or without liniment. If you learn how to do this before starting your show career, you can save hundreds on grooms and basic veterinary care.

The most important considerations are buying only the essentials and working your way toward more knowledge and connections - this can lead to finding a trainer at a discounted rate if you work for them as a stable hand at shows!

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Where did equestrian cross-country jumping originate?

Before there were automobiles and trains, people had only a few options for travel. They could walk or take a boat. If neither of these were practical, they traveled using horse power- either by carriage (cart, etc.) or by riding. Someone riding alone to a destination would often take shortcuts through forests, fields, and other non-road locations. These areas were rich in both natural and man-made obstacles, many of which might be jumped if the rider was in a hurry or looking for sport. In Europe this evolved into the equine sport of cross-country.

Cross-country also has roots in fox hunting. This primarily English noblemen's sport included following a pack of hounds on horseback in pursuit of a fox. The hounds would lead through fences, over logs, forcing the riders to jump anything in their path. Although this sport no longer exists in it's original form (for obvious reasons when one considers the poor fox), it inspired several sports including Steeplechase, Cross-country, and a variety of tracking games involving both dogs and horses.

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How big is a medium sized horse riding ring?

A medium sized riding arena really depends on your discipline. a 100'-200' is a good size for an english arena, but it varies widely from dressage to showjumping to hunt seat equitation, etc. Much to consider are the movements required by the discipline - for example in lower level dressage tests, 20-meter circles are required in a small arena and 40-meter in a large arena.

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How can you get hold of pippa funnell?

She lives in Dorking, Surrey, England with her Husband.

Animal Rights and Abuse
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How common is show horse abuse?

It's all a matter of definition. Most horse owners keep them because they like horses. They like to ride, like to be around them and like to care for them. Those horses are generally pampered, well fed and contented. Of course, a few radical animal rights activists would have you believe that horses cannot possibly be contented or well cared for unless they are "in the wild", and that the very fact that they are confined is evidence of their abuse. but some horses are abused because the rider wants to win and the rider will drug the horse to make him respond better or win.

Consider the fact that if they were in the wild, they would be hunted by predators, injured, mal-nourished and have no access to medical attention. For the most part, domesticated horses live far better lives than if they were allowed to run free.

Having said all of that, there are a few screwed up people who starve or otherwise mistreat their horses. They should be treated severely by the law, and not allowed to own animals. Horses are noble animals and have a long history of serving and being served by humanity.

It all depends on the discipline, some disciplines in showing are more prone to horse abuse than others. It also depends on who you are asking.

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Which statue served as the ultimate model for such equestrian portraits?

I think you need to give more specific information. What do you mean by "such equestrian portraits"?

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Where could you see a sulky pony?

You could see one on a farm owned by a older person.... or one on a small farm. A sulky pony would probably be neglected or not interacted with alot.

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What happened to Jessica Forsyth?

Her parents have a bit of an idea..

They think she was jumping Boomer when no one was around. When they were doing this, Boomer was hyper that day and wanting to run with the other horses in the pasture. When they jumped, he bolted and she was trying to run him into the fence, (If you go to Youtube, and type in "Why i don't release more Jessboomer") You can see the video of this happening. This is most likely what happened on the day of Jessica's death (February 6th, 2008.) But when she tried to run him in to the fence, he tried to jump it, obviously, the fence was a bit high and Boomer did not make it. He went over the fence (With Jessica on his back.) And he came down and crushed Jess's skull and broke her neck. Jessica died instantly. They found Jessica a while later with bruises on her hands, showing that Jessica was pulling hard on the reins. A little while after that, they found Boomer about 300 feet away from Jessica. Someone was at the barn with Jess. Her parents made it very clear she did not ride with no one being there. (They also said that, even if someone was there, it wouldn't stop anything, but knowing the truth.) They also had said, Thankyou to Jessica for documenting her life otherwise, they wouldn't even have any idea about her death. They said that she had (30 pictures that day, i think.) and 6 videos. They last video, was her riding away form the camera, they think her camera died, but when she rode back (if she could) She would notice that her camera had died. (Jessica always had extra batteries with her.) They also thank everyone for their support.

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How do you improve your horse's brakes as it takes him a long time to stop when you run him?

What I KnowWork on his "brakes" w/ you leading him on the ground at a walk and a trot first and then try it on the lunge line at walk & trot. Once you are comfortable at walk and trot, try cantering on the lunge line. Once he is perfect on the ground, hop on him and ride your heart out, just ease into a gallop for a few seconds and then slow down. If he still does it, then try just slowing him down a pace or two and then asking for a stop, he may be afraid to stop very fast because he doesn't want you to fall off. And that's what I call a good horse! Hope this helps!


When you say 'run him' I hope this is a racehorse, since a pleasure or show horse has no need to run. Don't pull on the reins and expect a running horse to pay attention to that. If you need to stop in an emergency, pull on one rein with both hands to turn into a tight circle and keep circling until the horse stops. A horse will not trip if you do this. A horse does not really care if you fall off, and many new to riding would prefer this if you do fall off.

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For what it's worth, a horse "running" isn't restricted to racing. A gallop out on the trails is great, and many gaming horses obviously have to run. Pleasure or show horses aren't restricted to walk/trot (or whatever intermediate gait it may have)/canter - galloping is fine. Now, with that being cleared up, it's not advised that you do a one-rein stop on an untrained or unbalanced horse - contrary to what the other person said, a horse CAN and WILL fall if turned too fast, too soon. A one rein stop needs to be taught, not just thrown on a horse. Learning how to disengage the hindquarters is far more important that turning in a bunch of circles. Starting from the ground, teach the horse to shift his hindquarters away from your hand - not just stepping around, but actually crossing his hind legs to move away from you. To do this, he needs to be light in the halter (aka gives easily side to side) and will move off of pressure. It may take awhile to get, but be patient and persistent, and it'll happen. Once he's got it on the ground, both sides, transfer into the saddle. Take up on one rein and apply the same side leg slightly behind the girth (you may have to exaggerate while teaching it) until you feel the horse take a big step over with his hindquarters. Eventually, if done correctly, taking away his hindquarters (or, essentially, his motor) will stop a horse from bolting. With a horse that is already bolting, circling is fine, but don't yank him immediately into a tiny circle - that will throw him off balance if he doesn't know how to carry himself properly and can be dangerous to you and the horse.

As for stopping a horse who is not out of control, you need to start small. First, a good stop comes from a light mouth and a horse sensitive to your seat. Start with a walk, and do walk-stop transitions. Sink your weight into the saddle and do not pull, but set your hands on the pommel of your saddle. When the horse stops and drops his nose, immediately release (but don't walk forward!) and praise. Do this at a walk until he is responding from just the shift of your weight. Then do some walk-trot-walk transitions. then trot-stop. So on, and so forth. It takes work, time, and patience, but it is worth it in the end to get a light, immediate stop.


***In an emergency every rider should know how to do a one-rein stop. If the horse gets out of control and you can't stop it, slide your left hand quickly up the left side of the rein to the horse's mane, take a firm grip on the mane with the rein in your left hand. Then pull the horses head to the right with the other rein to turn it in a circle, this will slow the horse down so you can stop it. Keeping the left hand on the horses mane enables you to keep your balance and stay with the horse as it turns. Be prepared for the horse to turn sharply.

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` We used to have a horse who used to be a beast at forward, and stopping not so much... no matter what gait it would take him 3-5 times around the round pen of hard pulling for him to stop. The circle trick above is what we used to teach him, and it really works! Don't push him too hard and throw in tight circles right away. Work with circles first, on the ground. Make sure there is good footing where you are at too! Accidents are bad, and could create a bad experience with the whole "stopping thing", making your horse wants to stop less and become nervous. Bigger problems there. But circles are a good idea. If you're pulling super hard on the bit, try changing bits. Having a more serious bit that the horse is more sensitive to is better then hurting the horses sensitive mouth tissues. When they are good at stopping, switch bits to a softer one, and work on stopping there when they have the idea and they are better at it! :) ` Hope this helps at all with the whole other paragraphs above o.O hehe.

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Who is Mary King married to?

Alan King (david king)

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What is the preliminary 14 dressage test?

A -Enter down the center line in working trot
C -Track Left
HE -Proceed in working trot
E -Circle left 20 metresdiameter
EK -Proceed in working trot
between K&A - Transition to walk (one horses length) & proceed in working trot
FXH -Change the rein on a diagonal in working trot
between H&C - Transition to walk (one horses length) & proceed working trot
B -Circle right 20 metres diameter

After X- (on circle, after X)Give and retakethe reins
between F&A -Working Canter right
KEH- Proceed in working canter
C -Circle right 20 metres diameter
MBF -Proceed in working canter
between F&A- Forward to working trot
between A&K -Medium walk
KXM - Change rein in a free walk on long rein
M -Gather reins into medium walk
between M&C -Working trot
HEK -Proceed in working trot
between K&A -Working Canter left
A - Circle left 20 metres diameter
AFMB -Working Canter
between M&C - Working trot
HXF -Change the rein on a diagonal in working trot
A - Turn down center line
between X&G -Halt, immobility,salute.

Hope this helps, similar to the other answer, just slightly more detailed :)


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