In the fifth part of the series “How horses learn the riding aids”, Britta Schöffmann explains how everything we have seen thus far, is put into practise when riding. We have three different riders with their horses, of various ages and training levels, that shows the timing of the rider, with their aids and reactions to what the horse is offering, and how we can make it easier for horses to understand and learn what we want of them.
Understanding and learning is not a one way street. A horse must first understand what his human wants of him in order to learn something. The human must then understand and realise that the horse is a mirror. Horses do not make mistakes, they do not know right from wrong. They simply react and it is this that we need to keep in mind, in order to be able to train in a fair and respectful manner.
How do horses learn the riding aids? In that the human learns to explain correctly to the horse. As Britta Schöffmann points out “A good student always has a good teacher.”
Further videos in this series:
This is How Horses Learn Riding Aids - Part 1: Theoretical Introduction and Ethology
This is How Horses Learn Riding Aids - Part 2: Learning Theory - Habituation / Conditioning
This is How Horses Learn Riding Aids - Part 3: Learning Theory – Rein & Leg Aids
This is How Horses Learn Riding Aids - Part 4: The Correct Seat
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Long reining is a fascinating opportunity to school the horse in all the movements without the weight of the rider. Before stepping behind the horse, however, we need to make sure that we have the correct equipment, and that we do not skip the preparatory exercises in hand.
Duration: 00:16:44 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
The horse’s mouth is sacred. Groundwork can be used to teach the horse the desired responses to the bit. Philippe Karl uses the bit exclusively in a way that acts on the corners of the mouth as low hands create too much pressure on the sensitive tongue.
Duration: 00:11:44 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
After introducing the horse to the double bridle from the ground, Philippe Karl utilizes the different effects of the snaffle and the curb bits in the work under the saddle. He uses the so-called Fillis Hold in order to use both reins separately for more exact aiding.
Duration: 00:09:16 Minutes