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.
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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
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
The desire of the horse to go forward, combined with bending the hindquarters is the basis of a good piaffe. Philippe Karl uses various exercises to teach his horses the piaffe and bring them into perfect balance. Every horse can learn to passage correctly when one sensitively combines the Spanish walk with the trot, something the world-renowned trainer has seen continually happen over the years.
Duration: 21:17 Minutes
The successful halt is the key to good riding and based on the aids coming together correctly. There is hardly any other exercise that is applied so often yet with so little sureness and knowledge.
Duration: 16:05 Minutes
The 5-year-old Saint Ledger has only just started his basic training. In this lesson, we concentrate on familiarising him to the rider’s aids and despite being in an unfamiliar environment, relaxing in his body and mind.
Duration: 09:08 Minutes
At the beginning of his training, a young horse needs to learn to focus on the rider’s aids. The first steps will be for him to move with suppleness, in a steady rhythm in all three paces. In this video the young Danaro, a 4-year-old stallion is presented to us by Andreas Busacker, Ingrid Klimke’s husband.
Duration: 09:15 Minutes