This is the first time the Lusitano stallion, Csar, has seen the Working Equitation obstacles. His natural curiosity is paired simultaneously with respect over the new situation and all the new obstacles he has never seen before. Pedro Torres gives him plenty of room and doesn’t just ride straight up to them.
“He needs to know that he is allowed and has enough room to go forwards and can move past the obstacles.” It is important that there is never an argument between the horse and the rider and that the horse has enough time to become familiar with each of the obstacles.
The training should be adjusted to suit the character of the horse, helping him to learn as best he can. Pedro Torres demonstrates how he introduces Csar to the bridge, side pass over a ground rail, the work with the Garrocha and opening and closing a gate, explaining as he goes about training for each obstacle. Just because a horse goes over an obstacle from one side does not mean he will do the same from the other and the rider must stay calm and give the horse enough time to get used to the obstacle from both sides.
A solid dressage-based education is absolutely essential for the obstacles encountered in Working Equitation. The horse needs to react precisely to the aids and ridden with one hand without a problem. Watch as Pedro Torres shows not only how you can have a lot of fun while training Working equitation obstacles but how you can strengthen the trusting bond you have with your horse!
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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.> more
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This series allows you to watch as Olympic medallist, Ingrid Klimke, trains the young dressage gelding “Just Paul” over two years. Even though the training conditions were not optimal today, this provides an opportunity to get the young horse used to a new situation. Watch how Ingrid does it!
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