In this training series, we watch as Uta Gräf works with Helios, a 7-year-old gelding on his way to becoming a successful dressage horse. In this first video, collecting exercises are used to prepare the horse for more technical movements such as lateral work and flying changes.
Helios is a fairly uncomplicated horse. This series will follow his progress at regular intervals - every few months - so that we can watch his development. With her systematic training system, Uta Gräf helps the gelding increase his strengths as well as gradually overcoming and improving his weaknesses, turning him into a successful dressage horse.
In this first video, Helios is on his way to Medium level dressage. The training goal is for him to improve the flying changes as well as the lateral work. In order to prepare for those technical exercises, Uta Gräf works on collecting the horse using transitions on the straight line and on the circle.
When working on these exercises Uta is careful not to ride them excessively, with the work becoming monotonous but instead rewarding and motivating the gelding with something different tasks as soon as an exercise is done well. Collecting exercises can be difficult for the horse and breaks are a great time to allow them to stretch and make sure they feel good before continuing the training.
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