Be one with the horse: motivating dressage training and riding bridleless



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When Alizée Froment and her stallion Mistral du Coussoul show all the Grand Prix movements with ease, bridleless, without a saddle and only a neck rope, the audience realizes just how they trust each other fully and two souls become one. In this video, we learn how the French trainer developed this bond with Mistral. She demonstrates how she plays with the movements and keeps him motivated by varying the training.

Ninety percent of their training is gymnasticizing exercise. Three to four times a week Alizée will practice dressage with Mistral in the arena. With exercises such as lateral work, counter canter with inside bend and flexion, lots of turns and transitions she is able to work on her goals of a happy, relaxed and supple horse. One of her most important beliefs is that riders should not put so much pressure on learning certain movements. She tries to make a game of it and motivates the horses by making the movement easier for them and then slowly increasing the difficulty.

Riding with a neck rope is a result of her trust and her close relationship with her horses. Alizée says her seat and her voice are very important. She uses the neck rope to give small signals so that Mistral elevates in front or to prepare him for new movements. The most important thing to remember while riding bridleless is a clear signal for a downward transition that works in every situation, whether at home or at a big performance with lots of spectators.

Further videos in this series:

 

You will learn in this video:

  • How to teach your horse new movements in a playful, motivating way
  • How Alizée keeps her horses relaxed at all times especially while riding bitless
  • The various ways in which she uses the neck rope to give certain aids

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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