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Anatómiailag helyes lovaglás

Read the fourth part of the series of articles on ARR in the Hungarian horse magazine LOVAS ELET!

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ARR in Danish horse magazine Ridehesten

The very important Danish horse magazine Ridehesten has just published a big article on the ARR training method and the successful retraining of Danish warmblood stallion White Talisman.

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Misner Wins Grand Prix!

After completion of the training at the ARR center, Nakita and Dadas Dynamite won their very first Grand Prix together!


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Interval training

More and more dressage horses of great talent cannot fulfill the training scale anymore in the course of the training or with time their inherent talent diminishes. In our experience there is a clear reference to this behavior of horses: the sagging of the trunk.
Because of the breeding goals of the warmblood the danger even increases: the driving thrust of the hindlegs forces the trunk downwards, the carrying power – connected with the flexion of the haunches – decreases in the course of the training. Especially with the young generation of instructors (editor’s note: this refers to the German term Bereiter FN) the schooling is based on the illogical, almost inexplicable forward movement. The much acclaimed HDV 12 includes the forward movement – that’s right. But the change in the breeding should and may not be put aside.

If we look at the sequence of developments in movement, particularly of the diagonal in trot, we can see a clear structure from absolute collection to the strongest forward movement, that means piaffe – passage – working trot – medium trot – extended trot. Here it can be assumed that through the prior collection work and the build-up power of the hind quarters, the horse is able to sustain the uphill movement during extended trot. The ideal schooling would be: piaffe – passage – working trot – medium trot – extended trot. Naturally, this structure is not in demand in the modern schooling but still does not lose its validity.

In the centre for ARR this structure is carried out by means of the so-called interval training. The goal here is to attain a steadily increasing development of the forward movement without pushing the horse back into the natural tendency towards the forehand. Initially, the trot extension takes place only over the seat – which again requires an intense degree of training – with immediate reduction of the speed as soon the tendency to the forehand is clearly visible. Otherwise the forehand would hurry away and cause the hindquarters to dangle behind. With this kind of steady forward riding not only performance but also rhythm, impulsion and suppleness will decrease.

The experience that we have won from working with many dressage horses whose problems developed from the above mentioned forward riding showed us this interval training as a successful training phase. However, as the forward movement nowadays is seen as the only truth, the schooling is turned around. People increasingly train in the following direction: medium trot/ working trot – passage – piaffe. While this is not wrong, increased attention should be paid to the interval training.