The fitness of the rider is very often underestimated, by non-riders as well as by active ones. But this is where the real potential lies: Whoever prepares his body well for riding can make progress in the saddle. This applies to every level of performance. This aspect is very important for the overall training of equestrian siblings Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Benjamin Werndl, check out their workout plan!
"If you want your horse to run like a rubber ball, you have to become a rubber ball yourself" is the motto of the dressage riders and instructors. The two show in this film how they improve their equestrian fitness through strength training, endurance training, and yoga and explain how helpful mental training can be in tournament sports. Important in sports for riders is that all exercises address the entire body, not just an isolated muscle group. Many of the exercises shown therefore use their own body weight for training.
Special attention is paid to the trunk muscles - a strong back is important, because in the long term especially the back is stressed. If you want to sit supple in the saddle, you have to be flexible and be able to specifically tighten and relax your muscles. Ideal for improving these skills is yoga. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl shows how she uses yoga and explains what mental exercises are helpful to her before and during the competition. As equestrians, we should not only prepare and expect our horse to be fit but also be prepared through workout to support them in their everyday training as well as in competition.
Further videos in this series:
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl is one of Germany’s up and coming riders. She won the team gold in Tryon last year. She and her brother, Benjamin Werndl, train dressage horses at their stable, Gut Aubenhausen.> more
Lateral movements are of great importance when it comes to gymnasticizing the horse. Shoulder-in, travers, renvers and counter shoulder-in, as well as fluidly transitioning from one to another result in a chance to play with the balance of the horse. Well executed, those movements lead to an increase in flexibility, suppleness and a prompt reaction to the aids of the rider.
Duration: 10:44 Minutes
Spookiness is part of the natural behavior of horses. For success at competitions as well as for harmonic riding at home, the horse needs to learn to trust his rider and stay relaxed even in unusual or worrying situations. Uta Gräf shows how she prepares her horses at home in their everyday training for such circumstances.
Duration: 13:08 Minutes
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!
Duration: 10:07 Minutes
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.
Duration: 09:16 Minutes
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