Liberty work on the ground and riding with the bitless bridle 2016-06-12T00:00:00+02:00

The French dressage rider Alizée Froment has trained this son of her successful horse, Mistral du Coussoul, herself. Sultan has a very independent character and is the polar opposite of his sire. His training has been a challenge for Alizée, however, because of this she discovered groundwork and riding with a bitless bridle as well as without a bridle. In this video, she shows us how she found a new way of training for her and Sultan and how what she learned are important in the fundamental training.

Alizée Froment places mutual trust above everything else when working with her horses. It is important for her to know the way her horse thinks and to understand this, in order to train the horse according to his individual character. Whilst riding with the bitless bridle or the neck rope it is not only about having the horse learn to relax but also being able to work at full power.

Strict rules and consistent aids are the most important factors in the ground work. The person on the ground must always be aware of what he wants to ask of the horse and cannot be hesitant or doubtful. A voice command for a complete halt in every situation must work flawlessly before further exercises can be learned. In every form of liberty work, it is important that one can halt the horse at any given moment. Alizée Froment demonstrates how this works and why it is an important preparatory exercise for riding bitless.

You will learn in this video:

  • How she establishes a trusting relationship with her horses and why it’s necessary for riding bitless
  • How the independent and strong-willed gelding, Sultan, caused Alizée to change her methods and thought processes
  • Why integrating liberty work in with dressage is good for you and your horse

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Alizée Froment

She is an internationally known dressage rider and former National Trainer of the French Pony Dressage Team. She is also internationally renowned for her shows and demonstrations riding the Grand Prix movements with only a neck rope.

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