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Working Equitation with Pedro Torres part 1: Training philosophy and basics of dressage riding

Pedro Torres

Derived from the centuries-old culture of the working horse in southern Europe, Working Equitation combines the disciplines dressage, ease of handling trial, speed trial and for teams, cow work. This video shows World and European Champion, Pedro Torres, as he goes through the dressage work that is a necessary foundation for all aspects of Working Equitation. 

Duration: 28:13 minutes

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Improve jumping technique through dressage work

Elmar Pollmann-Schweckhorst

Based on three examples, typical problems in the showjumping training will be discussed. It becomes clear that the improvement of permeability, as well as the development of shear and load capacity, are elementary steps on the way to the training of a successful jumping horse.

Duration: 11:38 minutes

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Jumping riding Part 1: Jumping acclimation & Basics of jumping flat work

Elmar Pollmann-Schweckhorst

The training of a successful and satisfied jumper requires a lot of patience, the right exercises and important basics in the flatwork. Jumping expert Elmar Pollmann-Schweckhorst demonstrates in this video what matters when you start riding show jumping.

Duration: 18:42 minutes

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Collection - the dot on the i of the training scale

Uta Gräf

Necessary for many movements, to elevate the forehand, and simply for an incredible feeling when riding: collection. In this video, Uta Gräf shows us how she introduces collection with a young horse and how she improves the collection when working an older horse already established at Grand Prix.

Duration: 13:48 minutes

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Be one with the horse: motivating dressage training and riding bridleless

Alizée Froment

Together they are one: Alizee Froment and her stallion Mistral du Coussoul. She explains in this video how the trust between them grew and demonstrates which exercises and aids she uses in the Grand Prix work when riding bridleless, with only the neck rope.

Duration: 32:23 minutes

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Cavaletti exercises in canter: turning, distances and gymnastic grids

Ingrid Klimke

The cavaletti exercises are an excellent way of preparing for the show jumping ring or cross country. In this video we watch as Olympic Champion Ingrid Klimke shows us exercises for improving tight turns, correct take-off distance and the activity before a jump.

Duration: 20:17 minutes

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Liberty work on the ground and riding with the bitless bridle

Alizée Froment

Alizée Froment is famous for riding all the Grand Prix dressage movements bitless. She demonstrates in this video with Sultan, the son of her successful stallion Mistral du Coussoul, the groundwork as well as the ridden work with a bitless bridle and a neck rope. Allow Alizée to show you what is important!

Duration: 20:06 minutes

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Cavaletti exercises in canter: improve thoroughness and collection

Ingrid Klimke

Whether a more expressive canter or a better pirouette, the cavaletti exercises in canter produces amazing results. In this video, Ingrid Klimke demonstrates the various possible exercises.

Duration: 20:25 minutes

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Bitless riding: Alizée’s philosophy & preparatory exercises for the young horse

Alizée Froment

At demonstrations throughout Europe Alizée Froment has amazed her audiences by riding dressage movements of the highest level- all bitless. Watch as in this video she shows us her training methods and her training at home with the young PRE stallion Aslan who, at the time we took this video, had not been ridden more than twenty times.

Duration: 16:10 minutes

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Basic Knowledge part 3: Bridling your horse

Sibylle Wiemer

In this video, the trainer Sibylle Wiemer shows how to put the bridle on a horse correctly and how to tell if it fits the horse. In addition, she explains by means of some examples, which different noseband and bits exist and their uses.

Duration: 19:38 minutes

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Cavaletti exercises in trot: improve rhythm, activity, cadence and tracking up

Ingrid Klimke

In this video, Ingrid Klimke demonstrates various exercises to do on trot, using cavalettis. With different levels of difficulty and training goals, every horse-rider pair has the right task for them.

Duration: 26:17 minutes

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Basic knowledge part 2: Fitting the saddle

Sibylle Wiemer

What is the difference between a dressage, a jumping and a cross country saddle? How to fit the saddle to the horse? And what should be considered when choosing the saddle pad? The correct saddling is significantly involved in the success of riding and important for the health of the horse. In this video, Sibylle Wiemer not only shows how to properly tack a horse, but also gives many helpful tips for everyday life.

Duration: 22:29 minutes

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Cavaletti Training: The appropriate equipment, correct set up and walk exercises

Ingrid Klimke

Gymnasticizing, strengthen, a change in the day to day training: The cavaletti training has many positive benefits. Olympic Champion Ingrid Klimke explains in this video the basics for using cavaletti successfully and demonstrates various exercises done in walk.

Duration: 17:19 minutes

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Basic knowledge part 1: Grooming your horse properly

Sibylle Wiemer

The grooming of the horse is part of the everyday life of the rider and therefore deserves full attention. This video demonstrates in detail all elements of the cleaning process and contains valuable tips on accident prevention, effectiveness and handling the horse.

Duration: 29:00 minutes

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High Noon Part 6: School Walk, flying changes and preparation for piaffe and passage

Philippe Karl

The School Walk and lateral movements are an example of the development of High Noon in his time with Philippe Karl.  The French master begins with the development of piaffe and passage and shows us how he prepares for this. The flying changes are taken back a step, to correct the late change behind.

Duration: 21:25 minutes

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High Noon Part 5: Collecting the horse, use of the double bridle and spurs

Philippe Karl

High Noon has visibly improved. Philippe Karl starts riding the gelding with a double bridle and demonstrates the initial approach to the collecting work of the horse. Not only have the lateral movements and acceptance of the bit improved but High Noon also does his first flying change.

Duration: 16:35 minutes

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Training horses to remain calm in uncomfortable situations part 3: Getting used to umbrellas

Warwick McLean

Warwick McLean is a successful dressage rider and horse behavioral expert. In addition to training under saddle, he helps horses with specific exercises on the ground so that they remain relaxed in all kinds of difficult situations. In this video, he demonstrates and explains how he adapts exercises according to how horses learn and effective methods one can use, as he helps a horse from Benjamin Werndl become used to an umbrella.

Duration: 21:54 minutes

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High Noon Part 4: Lateral movements and preparation for flying changes

Philippe Karl

Philippe Karl concentrates on High Noon reaching correctly to the bit and increases the gelding’s flexibility and bend with the lateral movements. The Riding Master has an ideal approach for each movement and demonstrates how he trains the half pass and preparation for the flying changes.

Duration: 25:20 minutes

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High Noon Part 3: Riding with contact and reaching for the bit

Philippe Karl

The Hanoverian gelding, High Noon, had been badly ridden for a long time. He is hesitant trusting the hand and bit, therefore he doesn’t accept the riding with a steady contact. Philippe Karl helps him improve with chewing and bending exercises both on the ground and from the saddle. Learning to reach for the bit at all gaits is the main priority at this stage.

Duration: 33:54 minutes

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Paul Stecken interview: Insights of a horseman

Paul Stecken

Paul Stecken has been passionately passing on his knowledge of fair and correct horse training for decades. In this video, he discusses his latest book, shares his experiences with the viewer and his opinions of modern-day competition horse sport.

Duration: 28:17 minutes

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Dressage sport – holistic approach to success Part 5: Workout exercises for equestrian – Yoga & weightlifting

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

If you want your horse to run like a rubber ball, you have to become a rubber ball yourself. This is the credo of the Werndl siblings. They show how they improve their equestrian fitness through different workouts such as strength training, endurance training, and yoga and explain how helpful mental training can be when it comes to riding competition.

Duration: 06:57 minutes

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High Noon Part 2: Lunging and ground preparatory exercises of the horse

Philippe Karl

Philippe Karl finds that ground work is an important part of the training of a horse; systematic lunging as well as exercises in hand to prepare for the ridden work. The way he does this strengthens the trust he has with his horses, teaches them discipline and establishes important fundamentals for the ridden work.

Duration: 16:07 minutes

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High Noon Part 1: Lunging, correcting the contact and acceptance of the bit

Philippe Karl

In this video series, we watch as the 5-year-old Hanoverian gelding, High Noon, undergoes his new training with Philippe Karl. Through the systematic training on the lunge the young horse learns to trust and respect the person on the ground. The most important lessons for High Noon to learn next under saddle, are to open his poll and accept the contact of the bit. 

Duration: 19:36 minutes

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Dressage sport – holistic approach to success Part 4: Management and health of the horse

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

The management of a horse plays an essential role in their mental health. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl feels plenty of time out of the box and going in the paddock or field each day is necessary for her horses well-being, explaining her steps to ensure the horses remain as healthy as possible and shows how she massages them before riding.

Duration: 14:01 minutes

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Training horses to remain calm in uncomfortable situations Part 2: habituation to objects & noise on the ground

Warwick McLean

Warwick McLean is a successful dressage rider and horse behavioral expert. With targeted groundwork, he helps horses to relax even in difficult situations using the process of habituation. In this video, he works with horses from the stable of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Benjamin Werndl.

Duration: 16:33 minutes

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Soma Bay Part 4: walk-canter transitions & walk pirouettes

Ingrid Klimke

The focus of this training session is the walk-canter-walk transitions. The mare learns to take more weight behind, necessary for learning the counter canter. It is interesting to observe how Ingrid Klimke makes her aids less and less noticeable, this applying to the turn on the haunches as well.

Duration: 22:18 minutes

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Dressage sport – holistic approach to success Part 3: Hand and ground work for dressage horses

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

An important part of the education of their dressage horses is meaningful variation. The Werndl siblings, together with Head Rider Andreas Hausberger and groundwork expert Warwick Mclean, help the horses strengthen body and mind. Cavaletti work and loosening work on the lunge is also part of their program. 

Duration: 12:27 minutes

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Training horses to remain calm in uncomfortable situations Part 1: How do horses learn

Warwick McLean

Waving flags, spectators with umbrellas and loud music at equestrian competitions - naturally, horses react with their flight instinct in such situations. For riding horses, however, calmness and self-confidence are expected. Consistent groundwork is a good training method to achieve this goal. Before someone deals with the first basic exercises, they first need to know how a horse learns.

Duration: 16:53 minutes

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Soma Bay part 3: Transitions, counter canter and turn on the haunches

Ingrid Klimke

Soma Bay finds herself on the way to elementary level. The winter work provides an opportunity to calmly introduce the mare to the necessary exercises. In this video Ingrid Klimke is focusing on the canter work, with counter canter on large lines.  A break in an active walk is used to teach Soma Bay the turn on the haunches.

Duration: 26:37 minutes

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Dressage sport – holistic approach to success part 2: Supervision and training

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

The opinion of an external trainer and analysis of videos is, for Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and her brother Benjamin Werndl, proof of their training before a dressage competition. German National Coach Jonny Hilberath takes over the role of a supervisor on the ground and coaches them both. We watch as one horse, almost ready for Grand Prix, is schooled.

Duration: 24:51 minutes

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The joy of dressage Part 4: Caring for your horse goes beyond the training

Uta Gräf

For Uta Gräf and her husband, Stefan Schneider, fine riding is not only a question of riding technique but the result of the “whole caring package” of husbandry, feeding, and training that keeps the horse healthy and happy. Keeping competition horses in a herd in the field is a fairly unusual practice, as is riding without a standard indoor in summer and especially winter. This video lets us experience Uta Gräf’s training and husbandry concepts.

Duration: 20:13 minutes

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Dressage sport – holistic approach to success part 1: Dressage riding philosophy in the daily work

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

The intelligent riding of dressage horses begins for Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and her brother Benjamin Werndl with the right conditions for the horse. Their focus is on developing the horse. Success is not a primary goal but rather an automatic result. They coach each other and show us in this video how they put that into practice.

Duration: 18:48 minutes

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The joy of dressage Part 3: Improving performance in dressage with fine aids

Uta Gräf

Uta Gräf is of the opinion in order to improve performance in dressage, the aids need to be continually refined, until barely visible. She makes sure that she takes enough time with the young horses so that they learn to be ridden with a fine contact to the rider’s hand. This helps her later with further training and is a result of communicating with almost invisible aids.

Duration: 15:31 minutes

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Soma Bay Part 2: Dressage training outside the arena

Ingrid Klimke

Structured dressage training, application of the aids, setting goals: profit from the videos of Olympic champion, Ingrid Klimke, and watch as the 4-year-old Soma Bay is trained and gradually starts learning the elementary level exercises. In this video, the dressage work is being ridden outside, on a harvested cornfield, with the goal of practicing lengthening and shortening the strides on long, straight lines.

Duration: 18:19 minutes

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Dressage Training Part 5: Training toward straightness and thoroughness

Dr. Reiner Klimke

The movements at this level of training improve thoroughness and straightness. We watch in this video as dressage legend Reiner Klimke explains and comments on an established elementary horse, ridden in a double bridle.

Duration: 09:51 minutes

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Soma Bay Part 1: The first steps of the training scale - Rhythm, suppleness & contact

Ingrid Klimke

In this video series, the Olympic champion and multi-faceted trainer, Ingrid Klimke, gives us a glimpse of her daily schooling methods based on the classical dressage training scale. The education of the 4-year-old Westfalen mare, Soma Bay, will be followed along step by step with Ingrid Klimke commentating along the way. In the first part rhythm, suppleness and a light contact in all 3 paces is the aim.

Duration: 21:09 minutes

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Helios journey to becoming a dressage horse Part 4: Training strength & self-carriage

Uta Gräf

Since our last video, the 8-year-old horse has developed even further in his dressage training. In this video Uta Gräf starts with exercises for the half steps, as preparation for the piaffe. The goal here is to activate and increase the strength of the hind end and encourage more bending of the joints.

Duration: 12:12 minutes

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The joy of dressage Part 2: Keeping a horse motivated

Uta Gräf

To allow a horse to enjoy his work and stay motivated, it is essential that the training is adjusted accordingly to each individual horse. Uta Gräf shows us with the 6-year-old Damon Jerome NRW and the 12-year-old stallion Le Noir, what she is aware of when training in order to keep a young horse happy and interested and maintain the motivation of an older, more experienced horse.

Duration: 21:54 minutes

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The joy of dressage Part 1: Fine riding begins in your head

Uta Gräf

When it comes to dressage, harmonic riding and riding with fine, minimal aids begins in one’s head. To always be thinking in a horse-friendly manner means, for Uta Gräf, to see the horse as a partner and both have fun doing the work whilst riding and for her, is the basis for mutual trust, fine riding, and success in the competition arena.

Duration: 13:41 minutes

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Dressage training Part 4: Riding and training the elementary dressage exercises

Dr. Reiner Klimke

In this video we see two 5-year-old horses established for the elementary dressage exercises. We watch the first horse in a training session and the second at a competition in an elementary test, ridden and commentated on by Reiner Klimke.

Duration: 12:52 minutes

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Helios journey to becoming a dressage horse Part 3: Riding with a double bridle

Uta Gräf

Helios is now 8 years old and Uta Gräf has started getting him used to the double bridle. The well-known dressage rider makes sure, both in the warm-up and the working phase, that Helios accepts the bit and goes to the hand.

Duration: 13:58 minutes

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The dressage training Part 3: Preparation for the novice class and riding with the double bridle

Dr. Reiner Klimke

After about one year of training, the five-year-old horse is familiarized with novice education. Contact and permeability are consolidated, and the horse gets used to being ridden with the double bridle.

Duration: 15:33 minutes

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Dressage training Part 2: Teaching the young horse the riding aids

Dr. Reiner Klimke

The objective of the training here is to establish a solid foundation to support further exercises. The horse should learn to trust the rider and through correct application of the riding aids become more attentive, travel straighter, stay in a steady rhythm, and relaxed in body and mind.

Duration: 06:49 minutes

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Helios journey to becoming a dressage horse Part 2: Trot work & half pass

Uta Gräf

Half pass is the next step of the training for Helios. 3 months after the first training videos we can see that the contact became steadier and that the horse is ready for more difficult exercises. In this video you will see how Uta progressively builds up her training session, using leg yielding and transitions as preparatory exercises for the half pass.

Duration: 09:21 minutes

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The Body Language of the Rider Part 5: Riding with symmetrical weight aids

Marlies Fischer-Zillinger

There is always the mention of the riding aids being given from one side for lateral work as well as the canter work. However, this doesn’t mean the other side does nothing. The understanding of how the inside and outside seat bones work in conjunction with one another is essential.

Duration: 15:39 minutes

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Dressage training Part 1: Training the young horse

Dr. Reiner Klimke

The most successful rider in the world, Reiner Klimke, explains and demonstrates in this video series the correct training of a young dressage horse following classical principles, a subject that even today is relevant and important, even though the picture quality is no longer of a modern standard. 

Duration: 18:15 minutes

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The Body Language of the Rider part 4: The correct seat while riding turns

Marlies Fischer-Zillinger

In the turns, both sides of the rider’s body are equally responsible. A mental picture of a train that uses both tracks equally through the turns is helpful for riding curved lines. In this video, you will see what to do to improve your riding seat while riding curved lines.

Duration: 13:43 minutes

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Helios journey to becoming a dressage horse Part 1: Collecting the horse

Uta Gräf

For this training series, we follow Uta Gräf being filmed at regular intervals, as she trains her 7-year-old gelding, Helios. Collecting work is a very important step to prepare to horse for more technical dressage movements. In this first video, we see how lateral work and flying changes can be prepared with various collecting exercises.

Duration: 16:24 minutes

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