A bit of consumer safety information someone passed on to me:
“WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.” Read more: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12190.html
“8 million horses died in the First World War. At the end of the war, those that could not be re-homed were shot and processed as commodities. Further evidence, if it were needed, of the insanity of war.”
“Canadians were front and centre at London’s Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, as they were given the rare honour of guarding Queen Elizabeth II for the day.
For 350 years, the Household Cavalry, Britain’s army regiment, has been the official “Life Guard” to the monarch. But the responsibility was handed over to a non-British force – in this case, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – as part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.
Here’s an interesting video from The United States Army Cavalry School concerning jumping and cross country riding:
Jumping in the controlled environment of the riding ring is one thing, doing it in a cross country environment over uneven and varying ground is another. Certain techniques used in the riding ring will also get you hurt in the field. One of the elements of military riding that is overlooked in modern forward riding is using the various exercises used for developing balance and confidence in the rider and the horse which are peculiar to military equitation in the early 20th Century after the advent of Caprilli’s Natural System of Equitation.
At this point, something about the history of military equitation leading to Caprilli’s Natural System of Forward Riding must be noted. Watch the video by Bernie Traurig about The American Hunter-Jumper Forward Riding System. Traurig presents a nice historical vignette in brief concerning the application of modern forward riding and all its variations which were based upon Caprilli’s system of forward riding.
One of the main things I try to instill into my students is the development of confidence in the rider, the horse and between horse and rider. This can only be accomplished by exposing both rider and horse to the conditions in the field that cannot be obtained on the flat in a controlled environment.