High Noon Part 1: Lunging, correcting the contact and acceptance of the bit

Trainer: Philippe Karl

In this video series, we watch as the 5-year-old Hanoverian gelding, High Noon, undergoes his new training with Philippe Karl. When he first came to the French Riding Master he had no trust with his rider and went regularly behind the bit. Therefore, his first job was to establish a friendly but respectful relationship with the young gelding, this being done on the lunge.

For Philippe Karl, working on the lunge is not just the horse running around in monotonous circles but a part of the horse’s education and he uses the entire arena for this work. The horse learns to listen to the person on the ground, the different aids, to move in a relaxed way in all gaits on straight and curving lines, to stand still and moving willing backwards. He explains how this is important not just for gymnasticizing the horse but also for his mental discipline and wellbeing.

The ridden work starts with Philippe Karl working with High Noon from the ground, explaining the effects of the rein aids, establishing a trusting connection between the rider’s hands and the mouth of the horse. He wants the gelding to learn to open his poll and to accept the contact of the hands through the bit. Only then can he let go through his back and travel correctly.

You will learn in this video:

  • How the horse is taught to stay calm when being lunged
  • What is the acceptance of the bit and how to train the horse towards it
  • Why he likes to establish the ridden work first in walk rather than trot

Further videos in this series:

Philippe Karl

Philippe Karl was a rider for famous Cadre Noir in France for thirteen years. He has made a worldwide name for himself as a trainer, author, and founder of the Ecole de Légèreté.

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