Collection - the dot on the i of the training scale



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Necessary for many movements, to lighten the forehand, and simply for an incredible feeling when riding: collection. In this video, Uta Gräf shows us how she introduces the collection with the 6-year-old mare, Bonny, and how she improves the collection when working with Lawrence, a 12-year-old Grand Prix horse. The young mare has quite a big canter whereas Lawrence has a smaller "practical" canter, which is actually an advantage for the collected work.

Lawrence finds the collected work relatively easy thanks to his "practical", fairly short canter stride. Therefore, Uta Gräf needs to make sure that he always stays in front of her and doesn't fall behind her driving aids. Despite and because of the increased collection the horse must still draw forward evenly to both hands. Especially important is when coming back after an extension, to immediately think forwards, so that the "coming back" is also ridden forward from behind.

The 6-year-old mare Bonny has a really big canter stride, especially on the left rein. In this case, the frame is gradually shortened by riding transitions and changes of tempo, which also helps the contact and ensures the canter remains supple, jumping through from the back to the front.

Uta Gräf

Uta Gräf made a name for herself on the international stage with her sensitive riding. Through her unusual combination of high-level dressage riding and allowing her horses to live as naturally as possible. She has become a role model for changing attitudes towards the horse and dressage for the better. 

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