Everyone knows how important stretching, using different muscle groups as well as constantly working on increasing and maintaining flexibility is for humans. Not surprisingly it is equally if not more important for horses, regardless of the type of work that they will be required to do. Sport or jumping horses and those that are competitively ridden need to work on flexibility and muscle development just the same as pleasure horses that are used for the occasional weekend event or ride.
The great news is that working any type of horse through a gymnastics routine will increase the horse’s control, energy levels and flexibility. It will also help the rider focus on the horse’s position during the jump, as well as how to improve their own riding skills. Since the goal of the gymnastics program is to increase the horse’s balance, jump and landing as well as increase the self-carriage of the horse, injuries and stress on the horse will decrease through the use of gymnastics as a core part of training.
All horse gymnastic programs start with basic, simple jumps and trots between jumps, ideal for horses that are unfamiliar with the routine. Initially poles are used in place of jumps, allowing the horse and rider to trot through, focusing on having the horse develop control and flexibility in approaching the poles and then later the jumps. Poles are then combined with low jumps, allowing the horse both a warm up as well as a prelude to the actual gymnastics program. This trot jump, which is often done as an isolated exercise, helps cue the horse and also helps the rider to focus on correct positioning, following the horse and using leg control to help the horse with carriage, balance and landing.
The benefit of using a gymnastic type approach to training is that the positioning of the jumps and poles is strategic. They are placed so that the horse is cued to transition weight to make the jump, plus it also encourages the horse to continuously be thinking about what he or she is doing. Through these controlled but low level jump exercises the horse and rider develop a unified sense of balance and control, with the horse also developing an increased flexibility and response to the rider.
Source by Cathy Barrea
Sports betting is really not very complicated once you understand how it works. However for someone who is new to it Sports Betting it can seem a little daunting. So if you are a Sports fan who is interested in placing some bets then you should arm yourself with some basic knowledge before you start betting otherwise you will end up betting ‘blindly’ which will only result in you making basic errors and ultimately losing your money. So in this article I will discuss ‘Just how does Sports Betting work?’
Sports betting as the name implies is about taking an opinion on the outcome of a sporting event and then backing your opinion by the way of a bet. If your opinion is correct then you win the bet and if you are wrong you lose. With the recent explosion of the Internet, it has become possible to bet on virtually any sporting event from the comfort of your own home with either an online bookmaker or a betting exchange. There are many online bookmakers available on the Internet who are ready and willing to take your bets as well as several betting exchanges. However before you decide on which bookmaker or betting exchange to use you should do some basic research to establish which ones are the most reliable in terms of payout, the best in terms of odds offered and in the case of the betting exchanges the best in relation of the percentage of commission they charge on your winnings.
The bookmakers study the various sporting events and publish on their websites the odds they are prepared to offer based on their expert opinion of a particular result occurring. Their prospective customers the ‘bettors’ then study these odds and place their bets with the bookmaker offering the best odds on a particular outcome. The odds offered by the online bookmakers and betting exchanges can and do change pre the sporting event starting and this is often due to the weight of money being wagered on a particular outcome which will cause the bookmakers to shorten their odds. Additionally once the event has started again the odds will change due to say a goal being scored in a football match or a wicket being taken in a cricket match or the amount of time remaining until the event is over. Price and odds comparisons are a available in the Racing Post or online at http://www.oddschecker.com.
In order to place a bet with the online bookmaker or betting exchange of your choice you will first need to open an account with them and deposit some funds, this is normally done via a debit or credit card transaction. Once your account is set up you are ready to have a look at the available odds and place your bets. At this point I would recommend that before placing a bet you should consider taking some professional advice from a reputable sports betting advisory service. For further information on who run the good the bad and the damn right ugly services check out the respected proofing site http://www.secretbettingclub.com.
Most sports betting bookmakers and betting exchanges offer special promotions such as free bets and cash back offers to encourage new and existing customers to open up accounts and continue betting with them. These offers are great news, as they will allow you to bet with other people’s money- a term I call ‘Opium’ and believe me using the bookmaker’s money to bet with is about as relaxing as you can get without actually taking “Opium”…
Source by Mike Marsland
Have you really tried all the sports betting strategies? Or do you just enjoy this type of distraction, but are tired of losing all the time? If you do want to find a winning sports bet system, try out the following strategies to get good and successful results.
In sports events in general there are three types of potential winning systems. You can either contact a bookmaker or try out spread sports bet swaps.
You can contact bookmakers either in a specific betting shop or over the Internet. The prices depend on the odds and punters. You may then choose a calculated bet if you think the bookmaker has his odds right.
Spread sports betting is when the team's winning possibilities are calculated by their past performances, therefore giving you a probability number. In other words you will be predicting a team's results not only in terms of victory but also in the precise outcome the event's result. You will need to master a calculator for these systems!
A sports bet swap is when you swap your bet with someone else. This could mean exchanging it with a friend or any other person interested in swapping it. Nowadays this form of sports betting can actually be found online. You simply think up a possible stake and post it on a specific website. If someone else online likes it and what you have to offer they can take it.
Whichever sports betting system you choose, you will need to feel comfortable with it to carry out this winning strategy and get good results. It is not difficult to succeed, just get your homework right and get down to some serious and amusing business!
Source by Sohan Wins