This video looks at the importance of the correct stretching and shows some exercises for improving the bend and flexibility longitudinally. Philippe Karl lets High Noon stretch in the bend but makes sure that he stays in self-carriage, softens his mouth, and reaches for the bit with an open poll. A combination of various lateral movements in walk increases the mobility throughout his entire body. This is a challenge for High Noon, constantly shifting his weight and changing the direction in which his legs move.
The half pass in walk, trot, and canter is easier for High Noon on one side than the other due to his natural crookedness. It is therefore important to train the weaker side but in short bursts, with the exercises being practiced less often on the stronger side. When Karl Philippe is in canter he thinks of one of the fundamentals from Baucher “position before the action” and canters from walk in travers. It is easier for High Noon to learn the movements when presented in smaller logical steps.
This is also how Philippe Karl prepares for the flying changes: he canters short distances on the circle in a relatively forward canter and then asks for renvers in counter canter, in order to bring him back on the aids and to avoid that he overreacts or panics when first asked for the flying change. He makes sure to correct the gelding whenever he tries to curl behind the bit and that he accepts the bit at all times.
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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
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