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.
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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
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
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
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
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
Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the riding training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.
Duration: 16:26 Minutes