Art of Equitation

Art of Equitation

Various articles about education of horses and riders

"Hästens ganasch är som ett filter"

Articles about PauloPosted by Paulo 2014-10-20 11:44
http://www.hippson.se/artikelarkivet/dressyr/bastos-hastens-ganasch-ar-som-ett.htm

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Paulo Bastos- när dressyr möter WE

Articles about PauloPosted by Paulo 2014-10-20 11:43
http://www.hippson.se/artikelarkivet/dressyr/paulo-bastos-nar-dressyr-moter-we.htm

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Working Equitation

Articles about PauloPosted by Paulo 2012-11-14 11:05
http://www.tunnehevonen.fi/_media/nettijutut:paulo_bastos_en.pdf

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Relaxed horse is easy to ride

Articles about PauloPosted by Paulo 2011-03-09 05:52

Article in Kokkola.Nyt! 28 Feb 2008

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Paulo Bastos- en portugis i Sörmland

Articles about PauloPosted by Paulo 2011-02-27 22:35

Stallmagasinet Nr5 2006:

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Kraftfulle Zulu-A blev årets lusitano

Articles about PauloPosted by Paulo 2011-02-27 22:27

Tidningen Ridsport, 2010 Nr20, Yvonne Perkins:

http://www.tidningenridsport.se/Article.aspx?m=45207&a=510933

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Portugisiska Pärlor

Articles about PauloPosted by Paulo 2011-02-27 21:41

Svenska Guider- Häst; 2009, årgång 4. Text: Therese Bornfalk Berglund

"<...>Lite pirrig och väldigt förväntansfull följer jag med Rosie ner i stallet. In kommer sedan Qualito och jag blir ännu mer nervös. Han är ju väldigt högutbildad och var en av de hästar som var med i EM i Working Equitation. Så fort jag kommer upp i sadeln släpper dock min nervositet, men jag inser snabbt att detta är något helt annat än vad jag är van vid. Qualito är så otroligt känslig och lyssnar nästan uteslutande på skänklar och vikthjälper. Jag kände mig ganska vilsen och Paulo måste ha skrattat gott åt mig i smyg.

-Du måste slappna av. Det syns att hästen du brukar rida har bråttom för att hela ditt kroppsspråk säger stopp, instruerar han leende. Hästen kan det här, du måste lära dig att lita på honom. Han kommer inte sticka med dig.

Paulo har så klart rätt. När jag slappnar av lite kan vi prova en massa saker. Jag får rida i samlad galopp på en volt på hellång tygel, vi gör flera galoppombyten på varje diagonal, via piaffar och vi avslutar med att prova på spansk skritt. Det var helt otroligt. Rosie sa tidigare till mig att de vill att det ska vara något speciellt att rida gårdens hästar, att man ska kunna göra saker som man kanske inte kan göra med sin egen. Och visst var det så. Svea, som jag rider till vardags, är en jättefin häst, men den här nivån kommer hon inte riktigt upp i.

Paulo var en jättebra instruktör och han gav mig tipsen med leende vilket gjorde att det inte kändes lika nervöst. Han frågade mig lite om hästen jag rider hemma och vilken nivå jag själv är på och sedan utgick vi därifrån. En otrolig upplevelse var det i alla fall och hans tips bär jag med mig även när jag rider hemma."

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Working Equitation

Articles about PauloPosted by Paulo 2011-02-27 21:13

Article in Tunne Hevonen magazine (Finland), 2011-01-15

http://tunnehevonen.fi/_media/nettijutut:paulo_bastos_en.pdf

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Work on longe with side reins

Horse training from the groundPosted by Paulo 2010-08-14 21:45

Many riders underestimate working horses on a longe as a training method. This method is a great way of training the same principles that we use while riding with the advantage of doing it without the extra difficulties that are our weight, balance, seat etc. while working on the longe we can teach the horse to stretch, to collect, activate the hind legs, raise the back, work in different bendings and straighten up crooked horses. Here are some examples of these exercises that are so important to be able to have a straight, strong and elastic horse.

Equipment:

Single bridle

Longe with or without cavesson

Side reins

Longing girth or light saddle

Longing whip

Working with cavesson is good in the beginning to give the horses the confidence to stretch the topline, trying to find a light contact with the side reins without interference of the longe directly in the horse’s mouth. Work with the longe on the bit is indicated for the horses that are already confident and secure, that accept small corrections from the longe without shortening the topline, particularly the neck. Different methods of attaching the longe to the bit will be described in a separate article.

To be able to have a strong and relaxed topline, we need to stretch it as often as possible. Therefore, while working on the longe, it is a perfect opportunity to do it in an easier way for the horse since it doesn’t have to deal with the change of balance and extra weight on the back that the presence of our body implies. For this purpose we can use the help of the side reins that allow us to teach the horse to seek for a pleasant contact in his mouth. To do so the side reins must have a length of around 20cm more than the length of the horse’s neck (this length varies from horse to horse depending on conformation, concentration while working, past experiences…). By positioning them like this we teach the horse that when we encourage him to move forward he has the possibility to do it by stretching his body seeking for the contact with the long side reins resulting in long and elastic steps, instead of shortening the body and moving forward with short and fast steps resultant from a contracted topline due to the use of short side reins as commonly seen.

Good stretching of the topline...

..with active hind legs and elastic steps.

Very clear raising of the back during voluntary collection.

It is also very common to see horses working with the side reins positioned very high. Usually the goal to do so is to stabilize the horse in the desired position with a closed head-neck angle at all times. The problem is that this “desired position” depends on a very delicate group of conditions that must be put together in order for the horse to be able to do it correctly (rhythm, balance, strength, action of the hind legs, lowering of the hips). By forcing the horse into this position you are doing nothing more that making him uncomfortable and, consequently, teaching him to search for ways how to avoid that position. By positioning the side reins as shown in the photos, we achieve a voluntary collection from the horse (coming from a relaxed topline) that will encourage the lowering of the hips and natural rising of the forehand by a simple impulse forward with very little change in the head-neck angle. Because the horse is used to working with a free forehand, this action-reaction moments will be natural and pleasant: impulse forward by the “rider”- lowering of the hips and raising of the front to move forward from the horse.

Raising of the forehand by lowering the hips.

During extentions the horse slightly stretches his profile...

...but keeps almost the same head-neck angle.

When well performed, the horse will feel comfortable in this position and it will become natural for him to work in this way. Even after removing the side reins he will assume this position by his own initiative.

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