Helios Journey to Becoming a Dressage Horse Part 4: Training Strength & Self Carriage

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The 8-year-old gelding, Helios, is a fairly “normal” horse. The systematic training from Uta Gräf combined with his willing character is helping him develop further and ensuring his future as a successful dressage horse. This series continuously follows his training, giving you the chance to experience Uta Gräf training her dressage horses, the next best thing to sitting beside her arena yourself.

From the very beginning of the dressage training, Uta Gräf pays attention to the frame and contact, so that Helios comes through actively from behind without coming above or curling behind the bit.

The trot-walk-trot transitions in fairly quick succession build strength and also act as a preparation exercise for the half steps and later on, the piaffe. When Helios reacts especially well, Uta Gräf rewards him with a change in the work, an opportunity to stretch or a walk break.

Further videos in this series:

Helios Journey to Becoming a Dressage Horse Part 1: Collecting the Horse
Helios Journey to Becoming a Dressage Horse Part 2: Trot Work & Half Pass
Helios Journey to Becoming a Dressage Horse Part 3: Riding with a Double Bridle

You will learn in this video:

  • What is expected from a 8-year-old dressage horse
  • Why the trot-walk transitions are so important in the daily training
  • How Uta Gräf introduces the Piaffe in the training of her dressage horses

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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