Quote 4the day: Life is full of twists and turns and along the way when your foot prints are not there thats because your horse is carrying you....
Fact 4the day: International and Olympic disciplines
Equestrian events were first included in the modern Olympic Games in 1900. By 1912, all three Olympic disciplines still seen today were part of the games. The following forms of competition are recognized worldwide and are a part of the equestrian events at the Olympics. They are governed by the rules of the International Federation for Equest...rian Sports (FEI).
**Dressage ("training" in French) involves the progressive training of the horse to a high level of impulsion, collection, and obedience. Competitive dressage has the goal of showing the horse carrying out, on request, the natural movements that it performs without thinking while running loose.
**Show jumping comprises a timed event judged on the ability of the horse and rider to jump over a series of obstacles, in a given order and with the fewest refusals or knockdowns of portions of the obstacles.
**Eventing, also called combined training, horse trials, the three-day event, the Military, or the complete test, puts together the obedience of dressage with the athletic ability of show jumping, the fitness demands the cross-country jumping phase. In the last-named, the horses jump over fixed obstacles, such as logs, stone walls, banks, ditches, and water, trying to finish the course under the "optimum time." There was also the 'Steeple Chase' Phase, which is now excluded from most major competitions to bring them in line with the Olympic standard.
The additional internationally-sanctioned but non-Olympic events governed by the FEI as international disciplines are: combined driving; endurance; reining; and vaulting. These events are recognized internationally and are part of the FEI World Equestrian Games every four years, and hold their own individual World Championships in other years. The FEI also grants regional recognition to horseball and tent pegging.
**Para-equestrian competition at the international level, including the Paralympics, are also governed by the FEI and offer the following competition events:
**Para-Equestrian Dressage is conducted under the same rules as conventional Dressage, but with riders divided into different competition grades based on their functional abilities.
Para-Equestrian Driving places competitors in various grades based on their skill.
Thought 4the day: Horses and ponies have many things that they might not or may not like but can over come in time. Water with some horses can be a huge no go area.. We have a mare here that will stand at one side of a puddle no matter how big and leap as far as she can to get to the other side! With a rider on she thinks more and assesses the pro's and cons of jumping it and 9 out of 10 times jus...t tries to skirt round it bless her. Shes never been one for getting her feet wet! Where two geldings i know given half the chance will try to roll in it lol We intoduce babies early to all sorts of different things including puddles as i find puddles are the biggest thing its not even cars as they meet them in the yard!!! We have one horrible spook that most won't meet... our neighbour has 2 emu's that have the run of the field to our track/entrance and 9 out of 10 times they chase and charge at the horses!! i would average it out that after the 10th time there is no more charging and trying to bolt its just walking past on their toes! Whats your biggest spook and how have you over come it or dealing with it still?