High Noon Part 3: Riding with contact and reaching for the bit

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At the start, as High Noon first arrived by Philippe Karl, the focus of the training was to leave undesirable habits behind. The next goal is for him to accept to be ridden with soft and steady contact. For that, he needs to change from a “hard mouthed” horse to one that accepts the bit happily and to prevent him from him always trying to curl his poll and neck.

The chewing and bending exercises that Philippe Karl started from the ground (High Noon Part 2) are then established under saddle, first in halt and then in a walk, trot, and canter. The gelding is quite hesitant in reaching for the bit and the hand.

Learning to reach for the bit at all gaits is the main priority at this stage. Bending exercises and the first lateral movements, such as shoulder-in, help in improving the contact while riding. High Noon also let's go with his back and opens through the poll more and more.

You will learn in this video:

  • Why Philippe Karl uses a jumping saddle at this stage of the training
  • Why sitting trot is not essential for High Noon
  • Why contact between the hands and the mouth of the horse is necessary while riding

Further videos in this series:


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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