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
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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
The work with the double lunge can complement the training of all horses, regardless of their usual discipline. In this video, you will learn what the warm-up phase looks like when training with the double lunge and how you can adapt the exercises to the needs of your horse.
Duration: 00:23:48 Minutes
Lunging not only serves as a warm-up for the horse before riding, but it is also a wonderful tool to introduce the aids to the horse and gymnasticize him in a variety of ways. Philippe Karl strictly rejects the use of side reins or any other auxiliary reins.
Duration: 00:07:28 Minutes
We have met this young gelding in the previous episode. As a 3-year-old, he is still at the very beginning of his training with Ingrid Klimke. This video explains why variety is key in the training of a young horse. Under saddle, Just Paul ventures onto the trail, past horse pastures, and through puddles.
Duration: 00:09:32 Minutes
Showjumping training, built according to the natural ability of each horse, is a great way to gymnasticize and stretch the horse on the lunge and under saddle. Philippe Karl considers it a vital part of every horse’s training.
Duration: 00:09:02 Minutes
Long reining is a fascinating way to school the horse in all the movements without the weight of the rider. With a bit of preparation in this craft, it should be no problem to attempt this work. Once the horse steps forward and turns on command, the serpentines across the whole arena are not that far off.
Duration: 00:26:09 Minutes