Buon Natale!

A chi crede nella sua magia e a chi invece crede solo a se stesso, i nostri migliori auguri perchè possiate realizzare i vostri sogni!

Merry Xmas! To whoever believes in magic and to those who believe in themselves only, we wish you to make your dreams come true!

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Video: l’equitazione negli anni ’60

Comprare un cavallo, prepararsi per le gare, cercare gli abiti da concorso e la sella giusta…Tutte cose a cui ormai siamo abituati! Ma come avveniva nel passato? Guarda il video, scoprirai che le emozioni non sono cambiate!

Buy a horse, get ready for shows, look for the riding outfit and the perfect saddle…Nothing really new! But how was it all in the past? Watch this vide, you will realize emotions did not change!

Protagonisti: Douglas Bunn e Beethoven. Beethoven è l’unico cavallo inglese ad aver vinto la Coppa del Mondo con David Broome (La Baule, 1970).

Interpreters: Douglas Bunn buying his famous horse Beethoven. Beethoven remains to this day the only British horse to ever be crowned World Champion, when David Broome rode him to victory at La Baule in 1970.

Modern horse breeding

How it evolved, matching sports needs

Cute foal

Who is the horse breeder nowadays?

Is he someone that raises foals pushed by the possibility of making money out of them? Or is he someone who puts passion and effortsin his lifetime work?

May be both. Actually, in this work more than in others, passion counts a lot. Your motivation and efforts are important in breeding good products, because you are dealing with living beings, having their own personality and different natural tendencies and attitudes.

Once you decided to become a breeder, you cannot think of it as a simple profit-making job. The natural uncertainty is your worst enemy, as well as your best ally. You do not know which one of your foals is going to make your fortune, but for sure you know that your time is never going to be wasted, since they are the living proof of the qualityof your work.

The first thing you need to set up is your target. Who are you breeding for? You want to have your horses bought by whom? According to this initial choice, your decisions about bloodlines will be different for sure.

If you have been in this world for enough time, you have an idea of how diverse bloodlines are, even within the same breed. Some sirs can produce good pro-horses that will be totally inadequate if your target are amateurs and non-pro riders. According to the bloodlines of themares you own, then, you should be able to choose the most adequatesir in order to produce the kind of colts you think will be the most appropriate.

This is the basic and most important skill that a breeder must have, letting aside the different theories that one can have about top bloodlines and progenitors.

What breeding results we can now expect to achieve?

Nowadays breeding techniques and sirs at disposal ensure the widest range of possibilities ever. In particular, the amount of obtainable information on each sir will restraint the possibility of making big mistakes. The level of uncertainty to which foal’s characteristics are subject to, has been sensibly reduced through years of breed selection.

Moreover, the vet research and evolution is now able to ensure the highest level of safety during mares pregnancy, as well as the reduction of the number of attempts needed.

Horse breeding: how a good foal looks like?

Playing foalsThat is, how to judge a breeder from his foals.

If we assume that the most accurate judgement of a breeder comes from observing the quality and results of his foals, then we must shift the attention to them and their traits.

Let’s analyze the main aspects of what makes a colt good, independently from his breed or his intended sport career.

1. Overall condition

The first thing we want to judge in a foal is the overall condition.

According to body condition scoring system, we should be able to determine the health of the colt and consequently the ability of his breeder in properly providing for the animal. We observe the coat and hooves , which are good indicators and give very detailed signs about the possible problems he may have encountered (i.e. inappropriate feeding).

Colt well-being not only regards his body, but also his state of mind. We should take notice of scared behaviours, uneasiness, or other little signs, pointing out that something is not right. Of course, every foal has his own personality, some of them being quieter or easier to handle. In any case, a correct initial training is very important in order to create a reliable sport horse.

The overall condition of the body and the mind is the prerequisite for anything else. We want our animals to be healthy at first, their well-being is the most important thing.

2. Morphology and pace

Your foal’s morphology should not be undervaluated. Having a good body shape will more easily prevent your foal to suffer from issues connected to how he is made up.

For example, the way in which his neck and shoulder are constructed will determine his predisposition to better tolerate a certain type of training and to build up the right musculature.

Morphology problems are difficult to face and to handle, beacause in most cases you cannot solve them radically. They can lead to muscular and tendons problems that will reflect on the overall well-being of the animal. If a breeder came across them, he should face them consciously, suggesting to the future owner the best training techniques, in order to guard the foal wellness.

If you are a good breeder and do not have any particular reason to raise up foals with such issues, you should try to mix up bloodlines in order to avoid transmission. Corrective sirs can ameliorate mares’ morphology and pace.

3. Easyness to ride

Unless you have a millions-worth top champion bloodline, then theeasyness to ride is the most important quality in order to sell to the public. As a breeder, you will select the correct sir for each of your mares, keeping in mind that you want a nice little foal with possibly a good level of the best characteristic of all progenitors.

Remember that it is not necessary that your foal is able to jump big, for him to be appreciated by amateur riders. For sure, he should have some attitudes in what he is supposed to do, otherwise his training will be excessively difficult and will hardly bring some results.

Whether you are a breeder or a horse owner, hope this was useful to you. Feel free to contact me if you want to know more at sardegnaisoladicavalli@gmail.com, or comment.

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Sidesaddle: jumping puissance world record break

Susan Oakes broke the word jumping puissance sidesaddle record

L’amazzone Oakes

Susan Oakes il 25 ottobre 2013 batte il record di potenza in amazzone, saltando il muro (2,02 m) e la triplice più alta delle storia. Guarda il video!

On 25th October 2013 Susan Oakes broke the jumping puissance sidesaddle world record. She jumped over the highest wall (6 feet and 7,5 inches) and triple bar. Very worth to watch!