The joy of dressage Part 1: Fine riding begins in your head



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Riding harmonically and giving subtle aids begins in your head, fine riding in dressage is a goal every rider should keep in mind for their everyday training.  To always be thinking in favor of the horse means, for Uta Gräf, to see the horse as a partner and both have fun doing the work whilst riding.

Le Noir, one of Uta’s most successful horses, is a perfect example that when horse and rider trust one another and communicate in an almost invisible way, it can lead to such a harmonic picture in the competition ring. To be good to your horse is one objective and motivate him for your work together is the other. But how can I, as a rider, motivate my horse? Almost every horse brings enough energy and enthusiasm with him. Uta Gräf explains how we can maintain this motivation and not dampen his desire to go forward.

She explains and demonstrates her training methods, with Damon Jerome NRW, that is structured according to the stallion’s disposition and high motivation levels. This video will demonstrate to you how to adapt your dressage work toward fine riding and how fine riding is the key to keep your horse, happy, motivated, and successful in the dressage ring.

You will learn in this video:

  • How Uta keeps her horses happy - before, during and after their training
  • How she maintains their desire to go forward
  • How to define fine riding and how to work towards it during your dressage training

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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