Philippe Karl finds the ground work an important part of the training of a horse and he lunges his horses before each training session. Naturally without side reins and never around and around in mind-numbing circles. He uses this work to warm the joints and muscles as well as for gymnasticizing, and strengthening the trust and discipline of his horses.
The work done on the ground Philippe Karl shows us here; encouraging the horse to chew and bending exercises in hand, is good preparation for the work under saddle. He also begins from the ground with exercises in walk to help the horse improve his balance and to mobilize his hindquarters.
For Philippe Karl, preparatory exercises on the ground or on the lunge are more than valuable for the training under the saddle as they help prevent some common difficulties such as accepting the contact with the bit or getting used to the first rein commands.
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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.
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