It is important when riding lateral movement or canter work that the rider is aware of the outside half of their body, just as when we are riding turns (watch “The Body Language of the Rider Part 4: Riding turns”). The correct body tension and a stable upper body are especially important to enable giving subtle weight, leg and rein riding aids.
Too much strength applied with the legs can block the pelvis and the rider’s hands will automatically move in a backward direction. In order to avoid exaggerated riding aids, it is recommended, for example, to first ride the shoulder-in as shallow as possible and then gradually increase the angle.
The rider should put more weight on the inside for the strike off to canter, however, if that is exaggerated, the contact with the outside seat bone is lost and the centrifugal power carries the horse and rider out of the turn. The understanding of how the inside and outside seat bones work in conjunction with one another is essential for riding straight lines as well as curving lines.
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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
Once the horse has been familiarised to the effects of the double bridle on the ground, Philippe Karl then continues this from the saddle. He rides using the Fillis hold, enabling the use of the two bits separately.
Duration: 09:16 Minutes
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
Once the horse feels comfortable with the chewing and bending exercises from the ground, they can be continued under the saddle. Philippe Karl works on simple transitions between walk and trot. Correctly ridden lateral work is the key to really gymnasticizing the horse.
Duration: 18:39 Minutes
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