“My hands are quieter” The third part of the video “Riding with Franklin Balls” shows us how the air-filled franklin Balls are placed under the armpits.
Physical Education expert, Eckart Meyners, and riding instructor, Sibylle Wiemer, explain the use of the soft Franklin Balls with three riders. The 7 cm and 10 cm diameter Franklin Balls are placed under each arm as high as possible. The riders then work their horse in all three paces. The balls are then removed and the riders describe the before and after feeling.
The Franklin Balls stimulate the fascia (or connective tissue) and muscles in the shoulder area are stimulated and changes the feeling of the arms as well as posture. This in turn changes the way the reins are used, the elevation of the upper body and head as well as a positive effect on the breathing of the riders. Because the shoulder area and the legs work in a corresponding manner the Franklin Balls also influence the leg aids. The horses travel forward more willingly and with suppleness.
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Eckart Meyners has lectured as Senior Professor in Physical Education for 38 years at the University of Lüneburg and has been involved in the subject of movement theory for riders for decades. He educates riders, trainers and judges for the FN (German Equestrian Federation) as well as running worldwide courses.> more
Long reining is a fascinating way to school the horse in all the movements without the weight of the rider. With a bit of preparation in this craft, it should be no problem to attempt this work. Once the horse steps forward and turns on command, the serpentines across the whole arena are not that far off.
Duration: 00:26:09 Minutes
In order to ride fluid transitions between and within gaits, the rider must be able to coordinate the aids accurately. Having explained the technical aspects in the first part of this series, Reinhart Koblitz now demonstrates in practical terms what it means to ride the horse back to front.
Duration: 00:19:09 Minutes
Philippe Karl now continues the work he started on the ground into the under saddle work. He begins again with chewing and lateral bending exercises at the halt and walk. This teaches the horse the leg and rein aids separately from one another.
Duration: 00:18:39 Minutes
In order to carry the rider’s weight without tension and injury, the horse must lift his back and step under his center of gravity with his hindquarters. Riding a successful halt is the key. The halt arises out of the proper combination and order of seat (weight), leg, and rein aids.
Duration: 00:16:05 Minutes
Just as in the training under saddle, lateral work also plays a crucial role in the gymnastization of the horse when long reining. Saskia Gunzer demonstrates how she develops the different lateral movements, piaffe, passage, and the Spanish walk in the work in long reins.
Duration: 00:25:46 Minutes