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

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Helios is now 8 years old and Uta Gräf has just started getting him used to the double bridle. As we saw in the first part of this series, Helios has the tendency to shorten his neck and curl behind the bit. Through systematic training, his acceptance of the bit and contact with the hand has improved greatly, and he seems just as happy working in the double bridle.

During the warming up, Uta Gräf makes sure Helios reaches for the hand by himself and develops a swinging forward going trot. The working phase starts with trot-walk transitions, with Uta Gräf making sure he stays open through the poll and preventing him from bringing his nose behind the vertical.

Transition within and between paces are an important part of the training. Uta always makes sure that the horse stays in front of the bit by using her hands as subtly as possible. The fine use of the aids is very important while working with a double bridle and Uta focuses on riding each movement using just as much hand and leg aids as it feels necessary.

You will learn in this video:

  • What are the things you need to take care of while working with a double bridle
  • How to prevent your horse from anticipating your demands while training dressage
  • Why you should introduce the exercises on the side that is easier for your horse

Further videos in this series: 

Uta Gräf

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. 

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