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
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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: 00:09:15 Minutes
Spookiness is part of the natural behavior of horses. For success at competitions as well as for harmonic riding at home, the horse needs to learn to trust his rider and stay relaxed even in unusual or worrying situations. Uta Gräf shows how she prepares her horses at home in their everyday training for such circumstances.
Duration: 00:13:08 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: 00:26:09 Minutes
The successful halt is the key to good riding and based on the aids coming together correctly. There is hardly any other exercise that is applied so often yet with so little sureness and knowledge.
Duration: 00:16:05 Minutes
Once the horse has been familiarised to the effects of the double bridle on the ground, Philippe Karl then continues this from the saddle. He rides using the Fillis hold, enabling the use of the two bits separately.
Duration: 00:09:16 Minutes