Working Equitation with Pedro Torres part 1: Training philosophy and basics of dressage riding



Trainer: Pedro Torres

Modern Working Equitation was developed in honor of the centuries-old culture of the working horse in southern Europe and combines the disciplines dressage, ease of handling trial, speed trial and for teams, cow work. This video shows World and European Champion, Pedro Torres, as he goes through the dressage work that is a necessary foundation for all aspects of Working Equitation.   

The 10-year-old Lusitano Ahoto is a very talented, sensitive stallion with impressive movement. The loosening work with this horse begins with lots of bending, lateral work and changes in tempo.

Pedro explains how important it is that the rider is always questioning themselves and analyzing the best way they can work each individual horse, rather than immediately correcting any mistakes.

In the canter work, Pedro Torres begins by looking at the quality of the flying changes and improving the half pass.

We observe what one wants to achieve in training, how giving clear and understandable aids lead to the impressive and apparently effortless way of going that this horse and rider combination has when it comes to Working Equitation.

You will learn in this video:

  • What are the basics of dressage in Working Equitation
  • The loosening work for a horse that is not naturally supple
  • How to change your attitude towards the horse when they make a mistake

Further videos in this series:

Pedro Torres

Pedro Torres is one of the most successful Working Equitation riders world-wide. Born in Portugal he educates and trains horses and students as well as training the Portuguese Working Equitation National Team, that have won many European and World Championship titles.

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