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.
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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.> more
Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.
Duration: 16:26 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
The 5-year-old Saint Ledger has only just started his basic training. In this lesson, we concentrate on familiarising him to the rider’s aids and despite being in an unfamiliar environment, relaxing in his body and mind.
Duration: 09:08 Minutes
Philippe Karl gives us not only a theoretical understanding but also explains how to put this into practice, today teaching a horse the canter transitions. He uses various arena figures and lateral work to help the horse. It is interesting to watch how the French Master teaches the flying changes, from working canter to counter canter on a circle. A high degree of collection is necessary before commencing the canter pirouettes.
Duration: 21:19 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