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 perfecting your prelim 17 riding beautiful transitions
perfecting your prelim 17: riding beautiful transitions

Welcome to your seventh e-Training lesson with Keith Robertson. This week Keith explains how to ride beautiful transitions with the view to improving your prelim test riding. This week we focus on prelim 17. Enjoy your schooling and remember to let us know how you got on!Session 1: canter to trot transitions across the diagonal In prelim 17 you’re required to change the rein in canter, coming back to trot as you approach the track. It’s important to set yourself up well for changing the rein, ensuring that your horse is attentive and listening to your aids.Remember, the judge wants to see how straight you can perform the transition. It’s common to break into trot early at this level, so introduce variety at home.To try at home…Try using your voice initially when practising your transitions

perfecting your prelim 19: improving your stretch on a circle

Welcome to your ninth, and final, e-Training lesson with grand prix rider Keith Robertson. This week Keith explains how to improve your stretch on a circle with a view to improving your prelim test riding — and we focus on prelim 19. Enjoy your schooling and remember to let us know how you got on!Session 1: 15m circles In prelim 19 the first challenge you’ll face is riding an accurate 15m circle. Firstly, ensure that you know where your three-quarter line should be. Remember, a 15m circle from a marker on the long side has to come three-quarters of the way across the school. You can get away with the circle being deeper, but the width needs to be spot on.To try at home…Find an imaginary line down the three-quarter line and ride accurately to it. Try using a cone and riding around it to get

perfecting your prelim 18: performing super serpentines

Welcome to your eighth e-Training lesson with Keith Robertson. This week Keith explains how to ride super serpentines with a view to improving your prelim test riding — and we focus on prelim 18. Enjoy your schooling and remember to let us know how you got on!Session 1: serpentines In prelim 18 you’re required to ride serpentines for the first time, so it’s essential that you practise these at home this week.Your horse should show a consistent bend – not big variations or massive turns – and look like no change is occurring through his body. Serpentines are a great way to display a horse with a good rhythm and an easy change of bend from left to right, and vice versa, so mastering these will really put you at an advantage.To try at home…View the tops of your serpentines as half circles – d

dressage rider to jockey in 60 days: 'i need to start doing some cardio work. so

As my horse Morris and I made our way to the Summerhouse British Dressage (BD) regional finals last week, with my friend Ruth and Morris’ ‘girlfriend’ Arietta, Ruth and I discussed the differences between dressage and race riding, of which, there are many. There are the obvious ones, such as my stirrups on my tiny riding out saddle being a quarter of the length of those on my beautiful Bliss Paramour Dressage saddle. Or finding your balance during the sudden burst of power as your horse jumps off at the bottom of the gallops.There are, however, more subtle differences that you only realise exist when you’re required to switch between the two riding styles. In dressage, you encourage the horse to go in ‘self-carriage’. An elastic, independent contact is desirable on a dressage horse and you

horse-riding can improve children's cognitive ability

Recent research published in Frontiers in Public Health shows that the effects of vibrations produced by horses during horse-riding lead to the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which improves learning in children. "We wanted to look into these effects because previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of horseback riding with respect to enhancing physical health and the mental effects, but few studies have addressed the effects of horseback riding on children and the mechanisms underlying how riding affects humans" says Mitsuaki Ohta, professor of Tokyo University of Agriculture.Ohta and his research team examined the effects of horseback riding on the performance of children by having them complete simple tests directly before and after horse-riding, while measuring the

dubldom, a beautiful and modern modular house

Today we will show you a beautiful house in Cachagua, Región de Valparaíso, Chile, a project by Cristian Hrdalo Architects. Open concept, lots of glass and natural light certainly deliver a great house here. The connection between indoor/outdoor is amazing, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful view from almost every room. Really inspiring. Check it out!

3, 2, 1, go! 6 event horses ready to conquer the 2017 season

With the eventing season just around the corner take a look at our selection of event horses for sale on the Horse & Hound website this week.1. ‘Great potential’Height: 16.3hhAge: sixGender: mareSelling points: “This mare has jumped up to British Showjumping (BS) newcomers and has 63BS points. She has been placed every time out in unaffiliated dressage competitions and has been placed at BE90 level. She is currently hunting with the Meynell and has beautiful paces and a bold jump. She is easy to do and hack and has no vices. A super-sweet mare.”View the advert2. ‘Talented all-rounder and eventer’Height: 16hhAge: 10Gender: geldingSelling points: “This homebred horse has won at BE90 and BE100 level. He is very consistent in all three phases and would be ideal for grassroots or to move up the

horseback riding interventions have therapeutic benefits for people with disabil

March 2, 2017 - Physical activities incorporating horseback riding can help to improve strength, balance, and other outcomes for children and adults with a range of neuromotor, developmental, and physical disabilities, according to a report in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.Such "equine-assisted activities and therapies"--using the horse as a therapeutic tool--"are clearly a viable intervention option for participants with impairments in balance, gross and fine motor function, gait, spasticity, and coordination," write Alexandra N. Stergiou and colleagues of Medical School of Ioannina, Greece. But they emphasize that further evidence is needed to demonst

the strangeness of slow dynamics

IMAGE: Susceptibility diagrams for model calculations in (a-c) and experiments in (d). The TPT in (a) and the fast DPT in (b) are analogous, while the slow DPTs in (c) and...
view more Credit: © nanoGUNEIn a recent article published in Physical Review Letters (PRL 118, 117202 (2017)), researchers from the Nanomagnetism group at nanoGUNE reported so-far unknown anomalies near dynamic phase transitions (DPTs). Such anomalies do not exist in corresponding thermodynamic phase transitions (TPTs), and thus, they constitute a distinct difference between DPTs and TPTs, even though their equivalency was the key outcome of more than two decades of research by many groups around the globe.The study of dynamic behavior and kinetic pattern formation in interacting systems is a crucially important asp

« le venezuela montre le risque d’un retour des dictatures », selon le socialist

Ancien ministre des trois présidents socialistes chiliens Salvador Allende, Ricardo Lagos et Michelle Bachelet, Sergio Bitar connaît bien le Venezuela. Il y a vécu une partie de son exil, pendant la dictature du général Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) et il n’a cessé d’y revenir depuis. Selon lui, « la crise du Venezuela montre le risque d’un retour des dictatures militaires en Amérique latine ».« J’ai beaucoup réfléchi et travaillé sur les transitions vers la démocratie, rappelle Sergio Bitar. Le Venezuela est en train d’effectuer un cheminement inverse, de la démocratie vers l’autoritarisme. » L’ouvrage qu’il a cosigné, Transitions démocratiques : Conversations avec des chefs d’Etat, a été traduit dans plusieurs langues, dont le français (aux éditions Les petits matins, Paris, 2016, 568 p.,

before i fall: you make me feel like i’m living (and reliving) a teenage nightma

It's comforting to think that popular kids peak in high school: that gives the rest of us a chance to catch up. Jocks must graduate to become that sad showboat on the used-car lot. But if we're honest, most of the pretty girls — especially pretty, mean, and rich girls like Samantha (Zoey Deutch), the teen queen of Ry Russo-Young's Before I Fall — wind up fine. If these lucky snots aren't savvy enough to make their own money, they can just marry into more. Before I Fall, Talks Feelings, Friendship, And Dignifying The Teenage Experience ">Alas for Sam, the beautiful brunette heroine of Lauren Oliver's best-selling novel — now a glossy, moody, gray magazine ad for depression — she's stuck reliving the same day of senior year for eternity. (At least it's Friday — who'd want to relieve a Tuesda

5 ways lungeing will transform your riding

While there isn’t a fast-track way to make you a better rider, lungeing sessions are the next best thing. Here are five expert tips that will transform the way you sit in the saddle1. Take away your stirrupsThis is a quick way to see an improvement in your position. Have a neck strap and begin in walk, building up to trot and canter as you become confident and feel more balanced. “Riding without stirrups automatically puts you in a better position as the leg will naturally hang in the right place,” says Italian Olympic eventer Vittoria Panizzon, who regularly schools and hacks out without stirrups, and likes to remove riders’ stirrups when she is teaching. “It will also help strengthen your core.”2. Lift your thighs off the saddleIt may seem tricky at first, but lifting your thighs off the

5 ways lungeing will transform your riding

While there isn’t a fast-track way to make you a better rider, lungeing sessions are the next best thing. Here are five expert tips that will transform the way you sit in the saddle1. Take away your stirrupsThis is a quick way to see an improvement in your position. Have a neck strap and begin in walk, building up to trot and canter as you become confident and feel more balanced. “Riding without stirrups automatically puts you in a better position as the leg will naturally hang in the right place,” says Italian Olympic eventer Vittoria Panizzon, who regularly schools and hacks out without stirrups, and likes to remove riders’ stirrups when she is teaching. “It will also help strengthen your core.”2. Lift your thighs off the saddleIt may seem tricky at first, but lifting your thighs off the

it's time to impress the judges: 7 dressage competitions you need to enter this

If you and your horse love nothing more than strutting your stuff in the arena, take a look at these dressage competitions you need to enter this weekAffiliated and unaffiliated dressage including Team QuestDate: 11 MarchVenue: Beaver Hall, LeekDetails: “Classes range from introductory to medium with both affiliated and unaffiliated options.”Enter nowBritish Dressage (BD)Date: 11 MarchVenue: Epworth Equestrian, DoncasterDetails: “Classes from prelim to medium including summer qualifiers.”Enter nowUnaffiliated dressageDate: 11 MarchVenue: Port Royal EEC, Holme on Spalding MoorDetails: “Classes from introductory to novice, plus BE90 and BE100 classes.”Enter nowDressage show in the south-westDate: 12 MarchVenue: Chard Equestrian, SomersetDetails: “Classes from intro to medium, plus BE100 and

taking high-vis into the arena in 'innovative' project

A Walsall riding school has brought hi-vis off the roads and into the arena in an innovative attempt to enhance riding lessons for visually impaired children.Gartmore Riding School has been working with Birmingham’s Priestley Smith School for the visually impaired for four years, and recently introduced the kit to lessons to help the children to position their ponies in the ride.The children first follow a helper walking in front wearing hi-vis, before the person is replaced by another horse and rider also wearing the bright clothing, helping riders learn to keep their mounts at the correct distance.Priestley Smith’s Lucy Radford said using hi-vis had helped the children gain confidence.“Some of our pupils now ride completely unattached to a lead rope which is a great step forward,” she sa

5 top tips for improving your riding fitness (while you're in the office)

If you work full time in an office and can’t ride before or after work in the week, there are ways to exercise at your desk to help with your riding fitness. H&H finds out how Working in an office not only restricts physical exercise, making it difficult to stay fit, it can also have a negative effect on your posture.“Poor posture can have a massive impact on rider fitness,” says advanced level personal trainer Jacqueline Bosworth from Elite Health.“Sitting at desks [working] on computers tends to pull our shoulders forward, weaken our upper back muscles and can also mean core muscles are switched off — [and] these are essential for a good riding seat.”So, what can be done?1. Every time you make a cup of tea, do a set of 15 squats, and 20 lunges (alternate legs) to strengthen the legs and

holi: delhi police books 1,418 motorists for drunken driving

Delhi Traffic Police booked close to 11,570 motorists for various offences, out of which 1,418 were booked for drunken driving during Holi.No fatal accidents were reported in the national capital, said a senior police officer.Delhi Police booked 11,570 motorists till 5 PM on Monday for offences ranging from overspeeding and drunken driving to riding without a helmet.1,418 persons were booked on Monday for drunken driving. Apart from drunken driving, 294 persons were prosecuted for overspeeding, 193 for dangerous driving, 4,819 for riding without a helmet, 1,267 for triple riding, and 215 for jumping red lights, among others, police said.Delhi Traffic Police had deployed more than 200 teams with alcometers and 11 interceptors were used to check drunken driving and overspeeding.Police also i

abdz photo challenge: our #abdz_minimalism picks

Nature has so much beauty to be seen! From beautiful sunrises over the mountains to sunsets over the canyons, there's just an infinite set of beautiful images out there, just waiting to be caught on camera.
These images were caught by talented American photographer Greg Ness. His landscape photography is simply awesome! Here you can see some examples of it, but for more, please visit his portfolio at Flickr! I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;)

‘60cm looked like the cottesmore leap!’ four-star rider jumping again after inju

Harry Dzenis is back in the saddle and aiming for Burghley and Luhmühlen this season after he broke two bones in his leg in a fall from a young horse.Badminton is unfortunately out for the eventer this year, as it will be too soon, but Harry said he is just glad to be riding again, and that the situation was no worse.“I’ve been lucky in respect of the timing,” he told H&H. “Had it happened now, it would have been a disaster.”Harry’s fall was on 24 November when the horse he was riding spooked.“It was just one of those unlucky things,” he said.“I was in hospital for five days, I had a rod through my knee and ankle, and was only allowed to bear weight on the balls of my feet for seven weeks.“It was rehab from then on. I got back on a horse three months almost to the day after the accident; i

abdz photo challenge: #abdz_nightphoto

Nepal is definitely one of those places on Earth that have an special feel to it. The Himalayans, Mount Everest, all of it compose a terrific, breathtaking subject for any photographer. Anyone would love to take a couple of pictures there!
These images show a place many desire to conquer, a wild, savage land where many have died, yet it's one of the most beautiful places in our planet. I've selected some of the most beautiful pictures I've found featuring Nepal and these are truly great!

insane clown posse unveils goofy video for christina aguilera 'beautiful' cover

At some point in the last few years, Insane Clown Posse flipped the switch from irrepressibly tWiStEd to kind of sweet, recording viral songs about how everything is dope and waging an admittedly good fight on behalf of their fans.In light of that personality turn, they released a cover of Christina Aguilera’s self-care anthem “Beautiful,” back in 2012. This week, for whatever reason, they decided to release a goofy music video for “Beautiful (Indestructible),” nearly five years after the song came out.The clip is enjoyable bizarre: As Violent J rap-sings Aguilera’s lyric in scuzzy slo-mo, a creepy clown dances vigorously behind him.Catch it below:This article was originally published by Spin.

mary-kate olsen still rides horses, in case you were wondering

It's no secret that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen like their privacy, so any interview with the twins is a rare treat for fans. In this week's issue of Net-a-Porter's The Edit, the Olsens open up about their lives inside and outside the fashion world. They may have traded busy acting careers for busy careers as designers, but they still take time for the normal things that make them happy. For Mary-Kate, that involves a lot of horseback riding. “I think we’re lucky [working hard] comes quite naturally for us,” she told the magazine. “We don’t need so much time to sit and think and ponder. But then I have a husband [Olivier Sarkozy], two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don’t have it, you

microsoft cortana app for iphone updated with redesigned ui and new features

Microsoft’s Cortana for iPhone app gets an update today that introduces a redesigned user interface and a few new features and enhancements that offer an improved experience for the Siri competitor.Best iPhone, iPad, & Apple TV game controllersOn top of some streamlining for navigation and the user interface, which includes a whole lot of purple, Microsoft points out a few other improvements in this release, including “redesigned calling, texting, and reminders.” Microsoft first showed off the update and launched it for Android back in December.In addition, the app gets new full-page answers that the company hopes will make the experience more immersive. And you should also notice improved performance, according to the company, by way of faster page transitions and improved app responsiven

dubldom, a beautiful and modern modular house

Modular houses, or prefabricated houses, are picking up momentum lately. We have been seen amazing modular houses designs. From small and minimal projects to bigger ambitious ones, there is certainly a modular house idea to fit your needs. To give you a taste of that we will show a beautiful and modern home in Pirogovo lake, Russia. The project was designed by BIO-architects. The house was designed for a couple that had lived in one of the architect's modular homes. They liked the experience and decided to try an upgraded version of their first modular house. The result is a nice and cozy cabin in the woods.The house counts with simple and affordable materials. Metal profile, barn board and glass, and it blends harmoniously with the natural environment. It seems like the cabin is totally i

mary-kate olsen admits she still rides horses in rare interview with net-a-porte

It's no secret that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen like their privacy, so any interview with the twins is a rare treat for fans. In this week's issue of Net-a-Porter's The Edit, the Olsens open up about their lives inside and outside the fashion world. They may have traded busy acting careers for busy careers as designers, but they still take time for the normal things that make them happy. For Mary-Kate, that involves a lot of horseback riding. "I think we’re lucky [working hard] comes quite naturally for us," she told the magazine. "We don’t need so much time to sit and think and ponder. But then I have a husband [Olivier Sarkozy], two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don’t have it, you

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