It is important to Uta Gräf that the training is tailored individually to each horse and to their mood or motivation on that particular day. A training plan doesn’t mean following the plan to the letter but to work in a way that helps develop the horse towards your long-term goals.
Uta Gräf shows us with her Grand Prix horse, Le Noir, how she trains the experienced stallion without making him bored. The working phase begins with exercises that he finds easy, as doing something well motivates the horse and the rider. Brief intervals ensure variation and attentiveness. Regular breaks are also very important. They are not only a positive sign for the horse that they have done something well but also provide a chance for the rider to check if their horse is relaxed in body and mind and to prepare for the next exercise.
Le Noir is especially fine to ride and Uta Gräf shows how she approaches her training to make the aids as subtle as possible so that even the most difficult exercises can be ridden with one hand. As an example of the training schedule of a horse that is still at the beginning of his dressage education, we watch the 6-year-old Damon Jerome NRW being ridden. Riding a horse that is forward going and motivated during his everyday training makes the work of the rider easier and will often result in a much more harmonious and enjoyable ride in the competition arena.
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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
Correct riding, as well as riding transitions, entails riding from “the back end to the front” (as one says). Reinhart Koblitz shows in this video exactly what that means and most importantly, how this applies to half- and entire halts.
Duration: 19:09 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
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
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