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New competition event - "FT Horsemanship"

12. febrúar 2011 kl. 18:58

New competition event - "FT Horsemanship"

Eiðfaxi introduced a new competition event which is being constructed. Here below is a description of its nature:

 
The idea behind the competition is to have a positive affect on horsemanship and riding Icelandic horses. One of the priorities in this competition event is that it should include a good interplay between man and horse. The main focus should be a well and properly trained horse as well as good riding manners.
 
In this competition event it is the fundamental issues that matter more than the goals themselves. Respect and kindness towards the horse is the main issue. This is a competition event where the interplay and interaction between man and horse is built on trust, understanding as well as respect for the horse, that the horse is content, proud and happy. And that the horse does this because he wants to work with the rider. It is important that the horse does his utmost for the rider voluntarily and at his free will. The horse should be calm, self confident and clearly trusting the rider. The horse should be flexible, strong, well balanced and that he knows how to carry the rider. It is very important that the horse feels comfortable in the competition and that he understands and accepts the aids the rider uses. The characteristic of the riding should be  suppleness and lightness.
 
The gaits should be clean, regular and supple. Function in his hind legs creates function in his back which leads to suppleness in his movements. The rider follows the horse when riding and all the aids are practically invisible. The horse needs to agree totally the riders position as a leader and he should go forward happy and content anywhere he wants to go.  
                                                                            
This competition event will include walk, trot, tölt and canter. Pace is not a mandatory event, but it will be permitted if the conditions of the track allow and if the track is 60 meters long or more i.e. implementation and the transition to pace, what matters most in this event is the swiftness and downwards transition. The gaits should be clean and roomy. The gaits must be presented both on straight tracks and curved tracks (except pace). It is not sufficient to show a gait as an exercise. Gait transitions and speed transitions make a lot of difference. It is important to show versatility in the practices which are useful when training the Icelandic horse. It matters more how the practice is done rather than what it is called. The rider will bring the music suitable for the show. Before the competition starts, the competitors should return lists to the judges showing the practices and events they plan to present at the competition.
 
A large part of the competition is a free or voluntary show where the competitor can implement as he pleases and creativity and innovative thinking can be enjoyed. The competitor can in this case do whatever he pleases to try to prove to the judges and spectators that the before mentioned events are at hand.  Following are a few examples on some untraditional exercises which could be used:  Turn on the hunches while at tölt, loose rein tölt, work on the lunge while cantering without a rope, Spanish step, sitting, laying down, without bridle, standing on hind legs, standstill trot, flying transitions during canter, horse bowing down etc…etc. 
 
The rules of “Horsemanship” will be introduced here at Eiðfaxi.is tomorrow.