In the second part of this series, you will see Uta Gräf and Helios working on improving the half pass. The goal is to be able to go across the diagonal with a soft and steady contact, the pole staying the highest point of the neck and the forehead remaining at the vertical.
One of the key points of lateral work is that the horse remains patient and relaxed but stays responsive to the rider’s aids. Combining exercises such as transitions within the lateral exercises or alternate between two different movements is an efficient way to keep the horse focused and receptive to the rider’s demands.
In this video, Uta Gräf will show you how to use leg yielding as a preparatory exercise and how to progressively introduce half pass to the training session. You will see that by slowly increasing the difficulty of the demands and paying attention to how your horse feels, you will have a much higher chance of success while riding technical exercises such as half passes.
Further videos in this series:
Helios journey to becoming a dressage horse Part 1: Collecting the horse
Helios journey to becoming a dressage horse Part 3: Riding with a double bridle
Helios journey to becoming a dressage horse Part 4: Training strength & self-carriage
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Uta Gräf made a name for herself on the international stage with her sensitive riding. Through her unusual combination of high-level dressage riding and allowing her horses to live as naturally as possible. She has become a role model for changing attitudes towards the horse and dressage for the better.> more
Those who wish to understand the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté should firstly understand the theoretical aspects behind it. The foundation of his teachings is harmony and balance between horse and rider. The effectiveness of the rider plays a deciding role on the journey their training takes.
Duration: 10:59 Minutes
Spookiness is part of the natural behavior of horses. For success at competitions as well as for harmonic riding at home, the horse needs to learn to trust his rider and stay relaxed even in unusual or worrying situations. Uta Gräf shows how she prepares her horses at home in their everyday training for such circumstances.
Duration: 13:08 Minutes
Lateral movements are of great importance when it comes to gymnasticizing the horse. Shoulder-in, travers, renvers and counter shoulder-in, as well as fluidly transitioning from one to another result in a chance to play with the balance of the horse. Well executed, those movements lead to an increase in flexibility, suppleness and a prompt reaction to the aids of the rider.
Duration: 10:44 Minutes
Working in long reins is a fascinating possibility to school your horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider on his back. With the necessary preparation work in hand, teaching the horse these long reining exercises should be easily achieved. Once the first step forwards and the first turn have been achieved a serpentine through the entire arena is not far off.
Duration: 26:09 Minutes
Supported by her mentor Major Paul Stecken we watch as Ingrid Klimke works the 4-year-old Trakhener mare, Eternity, following classical training methods to improve impulsion. We can also watch the result of beautifully correct training as Eternity takes part in her first competition.
Duration: 20:01 Minutes