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.
Further videos in this series:
High Noon Part 2: Lunging and Preparatory Exercises on the Ground for the Horse
High Noon Part 3: Riding With Contact and Reaching for the Bit
High Noon Part 4: Lateral Movements and Preparation for Flying Changes
High Noon Part 5: Collecting the Horse, Use of the Double Bridle and Spurs
High Noon Part 6: School Walk, Flying Changes and Preparation for Piaffe and Passage
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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.> more
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