Meaningful variation and balance for the horse and rider belong to the holistic approach to the training of the Werndl siblings. As well as the dressage work the horses go on relaxed hacks out, do gymnastic jumping and regular exercise on the lunge.
Another important part of dressage education is the work in hand. For this work, they have the help of the Head Rider of the Spanish Riding School, Andreas Hausberger. We can watch in this video how a young horse is introduced to the work in hand, how they are later worked in piaffe and how the siblings include this work in their day to day training.
The mind of the horse is taken into consideration in training. Self-confident and brave horses find it easier to learn and the foundations for strong nerves is started on the ground. Warwick McLean is a groundwork training partner of Jessica and Benjamin. He explains in the video exactly how the horsemanship training can help the dressage horses stay relaxed in unfamiliar situations and which psychological aspects he considers in his training.
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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl is one of Germany’s up and coming riders. She won the team gold in Tryon last year. She and her brother, Benjamin Werndl, train dressage horses at their stable, Gut Aubenhausen.> more
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: 16:05 Minutes
This video allows you to follow the young dressage horse “Just Paul” and Ingrid Klimke during his first training session with Paul Stecken!
Duration: 23:13 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
The desire of the horse to go forward, combined with bending the hindquarters is the basis of a good piaffe. Philippe Karl uses various exercises to teach his horses the piaffe and bring them into perfect balance. Every horse can learn to passage correctly when one sensitively combines the Spanish walk with the trot, something the world-renowned trainer has seen continually happen over the years.
Duration: 21:17 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