Strada delle Ginestre 12 - Barberino Val d' Elsa (FI)
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Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Sunday 08 December 2013 in Events
Effective learning and, therefore, good training relies on horses having a good memory. They have evolved to learn about things that impact negatively on their safety - themselves in that situation again. In addition, the motivation to escape from a fear or pain-provoking situation will interfere with any successful training of new desirable responses. So if the training situation is associated with fear, horses will not learn well and will be unlikely to remember what the rider wants them to.
They are also likely to have learnt the "wrong" behavioural responses that have helped them to reduce their anxiety, such as escape, defensive or conflict behaviours (eg, running forward, kicking out, bucking, rearing, refusing to go forward).
This is why it's important to be clear about training goals, and avoid any negative experiences in the early stages of training.
Fm Horse and Rider UK - Natalie Waran BSc (Hons) PhD - Professor of Animal Welfare at the Royal (Dick) School , Edinburgh
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Saturday 07 December 2013 in Events
If you suspect your horse may be tying up, stop exercising him immediately and dismount, then call your vet. If your horse is more than a little stiff, it si best not to move him until the vet has arrived, as you could cause further damage to his muscles. If he is very hot and sweaty, wash him down with cool water and scrape off the excess with a sweat scraper, and keep him warm, but not hot, wih a cooler-type rug. You can offer him hay and water , but do not give him any hard food.
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Friday 06 December 2013 in Events
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Wednesday 04 December 2013 in Events
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Monday 25 November 2013 in Events
Posted by on Monday 25 November 2013 in Guestbook
I have recently spent a holiday at this fantastic horse riding centre and now I understand why people keep coming back.
I found a fantastic familiar atmosphere and I learned in a week more than what I learned in 1 year of riding at home.
The horses are very well trained and very relaxed. It seems that they like to be ridden. They are very well groomed and some of them are old but they look as young horses because they are quite fit.
I liked so much the philosophy of this horse riding centre in Tuscany which is based on a few concepts: love, balance, understanding, harmony.
I'll be back soon.
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Thursday 21 November 2013 in Events
Today Notte, one of our Lusitano horses,left our horse riding centre Il Paretaio for a new home, a friends farm of horse breeders where she will have the chance to become a Mum…..
After 15 years of fantastic dressage lessons we will miss her enormously but we are happy with this end to her career and we greatly believe in one of our young horses that Notte has already provided us with( pure lusitano horse Shiraz)!
Thank you Notte for the incredible feeling of lightness that you gave us and our riders from all over the world!
Oggi abbiamo trasferito Notte presso l'azienda agricola Montecorno, di proprietà di cari amici, allevatori, in Maremma.Dopo 15 anni di fantastiche lezioni al Paretaio in cui ha soddisfatto TUTTI gli allievi che hanno avuto la fortuna di montarla, Notte comincerà a fare la mamma...
Contiamo molto su un puledro fantastico come quello che già è nato da lei (Shiraz). Grazie Notte per le sensazioni di leggerezza che hai regalato a cavalieri di tutto il mondo.
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Wednesday 13 November 2013 in Events
WHAT IS CLASSICAL RIDING?
Very often our riders ask as this question. We found an interesting article about this subject by Sue Morris.
What would your first answer be? The Spanish Riding School of Vienna? The Cadre Noir at Saumur perhaps? Possibly the riding seen on the Iberian peninsula with Andalusians and Lusitanos? Of course you would be right in naming all these, but the answer that I'm looking for is: "Classical Riding is correct riding". It is how we really should ride every time we get on a horse. It is Horsemanship - not just knowing how to ride, but all round knowledge of the horse as a species - its psychology and physiology.Classical Riding works because it has stood the the test of time. It works without fear or force and most definitely without gadgets. It's working with, never against the horse. It is opening the lines of communication between horse and rider, listening to the horse, of being very aware of how every move you make means something to the horse, of first being able to ask yourself "what did I do that made the horse do that?" when you didn't get the response you were looking for. There is nothing about "making him do it". The responsibilty lies with you, the rider, to make things comfortable for the horse. That doesn't mean you won't meet resistance or evasion or that you can't use discipline to counter them; the results are achieved through co-operation not co-ercion.Classical riding is foremost concerned with the the aquisition of a classical seat - this is a balanced, deep and feeling seat. In this context "seat" includes the seat bones, pubic arch, thighs, lower back and very importantly the abdominal muscles. Classical riders develop wonderfully light, responsive horses because they ride from their "centre". The horse is ridden from the seat first, then the legs and into the hands. "The hands receive what the leg puts into them - no more, no less" - Dr Thomas Ritter.The emphasis is placed on the you, the rider, to learn about your own body and how even slight variations in the way you hold yourself affect the way the horse moves beneath you. How can you expect your horse to achieve self-carriage if you're not in self-carriage yourself? In Classical Riding much is made of the position of the pelvis and seat bones and the use of lumbar and abdominal muscles. You learn that you don't follow the horse's movement you lead it and to be able to lead it you have to know that "To be an aid, the seat or weight effect of the rider must not only be correct; it has to occur at the right moment" - Brig Gen Albrecht, former Director of the Spanish Riding School)."One of the problems is that many riders pay lip service to some of the classical principles, but they interpret them incorrectly, so the outcome looks nothing like a classically correctly trained horse and rider. In other cases, they admit to deviating from classical principles, because "modern research shows ..." or "it is not applicable for our modern horses...", or something like that, as if the equine species had mutated in some significant, fundamental way from the horses the Old Masters had to work with. What has changed is that the breeding of the warmbloods in particular has improved dramatically since the war. Some of the pre-war Olympic horses would never even be looked at, much less trained, by any of the modern competitors, because their gaits and conformation would not be good enough in today's world. The temperaments have probably become easier, because disposition is an important factor in breeding sport horses. The bottom line seems to be that the average modern sport horse (I hate the term) can be trained to much higher levels with much less skill than the average horse 50 or 100 years ago, which invites even more shortcuts" - Dr Thomas Ritter, to whom I am deeply grateful for all the help he has given me with my horses.Re-printed by Courtesy of Sue Morris
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Wednesday 18 September 2013 in Events
We will hold a Centered Riding two days course in November during a week end.
If anyone would like to know more about this method which is based on harmony and balance you could give a look at our web site www.ilparetaio.it and contact us. We will give you all the info about it.
Corso di due giorni di Centered Riding durante un week end a Novembre 2013
Chi fosse interessato ad approcciare o approfondire questo metodo basato sull'equilibrio psicofisico di cavallo e cavaliere può visitare la sezione del nostro sito www.ilparetaio.it dedicata all'argomento e contattarci.
Posted by Augusta Di Bard on Thursday 15 August 2013 in Guestbook
I have been several times at this special horse holidays riding centre in Tuscany and I cannot stop coming back. There must be something special in this place that makes horses and riders calm! The first time I was a bit concerned by the idea of travelling on my own but I discovered that this is one of the places where it is easier to make friendship . There is a very warm familiar atmosphere and a great professionality with horses. I have seen so many riders who changed so much in just a week and the amazing thing is that you just concentrate on tiny and simple details to acquire great results. Simple is always the best: isn\'t it?
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Wednesday 14 August 2013 in Events
Our nice relations with horses make our communication easy. We never fight, we try to understand the horse. Very often problems come from physical reasons and not for lack of cooperation. It is such a fantastic experience to feel that your horse is a friend ready to listen to you and happy to be with you! This is our way of being and thinking at Il Paretaio, a horse riding holidays centre in Tuscany specialized in classical riding and dressage.
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Sunday 02 June 2013 in Events
My husband and I have been teaching to over 10.000 students at our Horse Riding Centre in Tuscany so we can say that we have a wide experience. Therefore we can make some considerations about some habits that can affect good riding.
We have found that one of the main problems in riders is that they often do things without paying attention to the reaction of the horse. Our aim is to start a rider or to retrain an experienced rider to listen to the minimum changes in the horse giving himself and the horse the time to feel it.
Time is in fact another important factor that very often is not taken enough into consideration by riders and horse riding instructors.
Very often we see reactions of impatience by riders that, even just leading a horse, do not give him enough time to answer to a request. Again, in our weekly horse riding programmes, we insist on the importance of taking the time to allow the horse to understand the commands both on the ground (leading, lungeing, working the horse on hand) and riding them. Obviously at Il Paretaio, our horse riding centre in Tuscany, the situation to work on and develop these important items is idylic because the riders find themselves in a totally isolated place surrounded only by beauty and calm.
The horses and the horse riding instructor will lead the student to find a subtle and deep connection with the horse giving him the time to do it and not being pressed by the normal routine of life that many riders have at home. in this special situation they can dedicate time to the horse riding details, often discovering very important sensations that can improve enormously their riding performance.
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Saturday 30 March 2013 in Events
We are so pleased to pass all our equestrian aknowledge to the young instructors who want to learn how to teach following the principles of lightness and balance.
We are so proud of the results of our students both as instructors and as competition riders who have been training at our horse riding centre Il Paretaio, in Tuscany.
The first thing that we teach is always :simple is better!
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Friday 29 March 2013 in Events
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Sunday 17 March 2013 in Events
Pietro starts to compete again with his 5 years old Red Tiger after having qualified for the National Young horses championship last year. We hope that our training on the flat will bring good results in the show jumping!
Recently many show jumpers come to our horse riding centre asking us to teach them exercises to make the horse jump better and some of them got very good results in competition.
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Saturday 02 March 2013 in Events
Dr John Ballam, Head of Creative Writing Undergraduate Programme, Univeristy of Oxford, will conduct a writing workshop at Il Paretaio!The Writing Horse: Writing and Riding in the Sun is going to Tuscany this year! Dates: 28 Sep-5 Oct 2013. We will be at Il Paretaio and Dr John Ballam, Head of the Creative Writing Undergraduate Programme, University of Oxford, will conduc...Visualizza altro
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Tuesday 12 February 2013 in Events
We are very excited to introduce Usignol, the new arrival at our horse riding center in tuscany. He is a 3 year old Meren (a french breed) who has come directly from the mountains to us here at Il Paretaio.This horse is truly fantastic! We are taking our time with his training, following our principles of classical dressage, though with his amazing character he may well be able to give a few riding lessons sooner than we know!
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Friday 25 January 2013 in Events
This video of Richard Spooner jumping in competition is an example of the importance of trust between horse and rider that we wanted to share with all our horse riders and non, as we feel it is an important part of riding that we try to pass on through our riding lessons at our horse riding center in tuscany
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Monday 14 January 2013 in Events
Through our students at Il Paretaio, horse riding center in Tuscany, we are linked to many equine studies and researches made by equestrian universities around the world. This is very stimulating and interesting for us aswell as for our guests that come for their dressage clinics every year to our beautiful riding center. Here is a selection of photos taken during a study of Equine science at the university of Limerick in Ireland where the students had to paint the muscular and skeletal system onto their horses, and then stud the movement of the horse and the impact on their muscles and bones while working freely over jumps.
Posted by Il Paretaio Staff on Tuesday 08 January 2013 in Events