High Noon Part 2: Lunging and Preparatory Exercises on the Ground for the Horse

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Philippe Karl considers 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 saddle as they help prevent some common difficulties such as accepting the contact with the bit or getting used to the first rein commands.

Further videos in this series:

High Noon Part 1: Lunging, Correcting the Contact and Acceptance of the Bit
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

You will learn in this video:

  • Lunging exercises that can be done with the horse
  • How a horse can be taught to relax when the reins are used
  • Why shoulder in from the ground is helpful for horse and rider

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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