Category Archives: Horse Training

Bringing in Horses The Easy Way

It’s amazing what horses will do for food. Here’s my Curly Mustang “Baba” (dark bay horse with curly hair) and her pasture mate Rhythm (grey) coming in for dinner. These two make live really easy at feeding time. Baba always … Continue reading

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The Equine Army (BBC World War I at Home Episode 10/11)

If you are interested in the cavalry experience of World War One, you have to watch this video.

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Polish Lance Drill

Here’s an interesting video demonstrating a Polish Cavalry Lance Drill (Lt. Robert Woronowicz. Krakus’ uniform)  that was posted our International Cavalry Association FaceBook page. Teaching a horse to tolerate firearms, sabres and tent pegging lances can be a fairly interesting … Continue reading

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Passage, Piaffe and Spanish Trot

Here’s some interesting footage from what appears to be an instructional film from the French Cavalry School at Saumur. The subject matter is the Passage, Piaffe, transition from the Passage to the Piaffe, and the Spanish Trot. There is some … Continue reading

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Real Cross Country Riding – Cavalry Horseback Riding Training: “Modern Centaurs” circa 1920 (Educational Films Corporation)

Here’s some good footage of Italian Cavalrymen from the 1920’s using Caprilli’s “Natural System” of forward riding in the military context. Now, this is some serious cross country riding. The really intimidating obstacle is the “Ditch and Bank” jump at … Continue reading

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“How the Andalusians Dance” – Classical Riding from Spain

The riding in this video is absolutely sublime! Similar to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, but a little less restrained. Doma vaquera: Field Dressage with the Garrocha (lance) and cane (sword under military conditions). All riding is done with … Continue reading

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Jumping Obstacles, Italian Cavalry Style

I found this interesting video footed from the Luce Archives in Italy. This is how you jump obstacles in the field, in the Caprilli ‘Natural System’. Hell bent for leather. Not many people today have the guts to let their … Continue reading

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Stupidity I have seen recently concerning horse safety

OK, I’m not one to mince words about stupid crap I’ve seen supposed horse “professionals” engage in. You know, the people who complain that everyone’s horse is dangerous because it spooked as a result of someone doing something to spook … Continue reading

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A good article on spooking in horses

This was a link from a post that appeared on the Horsetopia message board. It’s a great take on spooking : “Spooking, a bad behavior or second nature” A very enlightening take on spooky horses.

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Caprilli’s Natural System of Forward Riding

Here’s a video. Just watch it. You don’t have to speak Italian to enjoy it and understand it.

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