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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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
This video allows you to follow the young dressage horse “Just Paul” and Ingrid Klimke during his first training session with Paul Stecken!
Duration: 23:13 Minutes
The desire of the horse to go forward, combined with bending the hindquarters is the basis of a good piaffe. Philippe Karl uses various exercises to teach his horses the piaffe and bring them into perfect balance. Every horse can learn to passage correctly when one sensitively combines the Spanish walk with the trot, something the world-renowned trainer has seen continually happen over the years.
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Duration: 10:44 Minutes
Those who wish to understand the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté should firstly understand the theoretical aspects behind it. The foundation of his teachings is harmony and balance between horse and rider. The effectiveness of the rider plays a deciding role on the journey their training takes.
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This series allows you to watch as Olympic medallist, Ingrid Klimke, trains the young dressage gelding “Just Paul” over two years. Even though the training conditions were not optimal today, this provides an opportunity to get the young horse used to a new situation. Watch how Ingrid does it!
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