Safi part 2: Accepting the riding aids & lateral movements under the saddle

Trainer: Anja Beran

Safi is a 4-year-old Arabian stallion who has been training with Anja Beran for the past 9 months. The trainer of the classical dressage puts an emphasis on the prompt and fine reaction to the riding aids. Watch this video to see which lateral movements the stallion has learned and how you can best introduce and refine them.

The warm-up phase should be deliberately varied and keep the horse busy. In trot, the most important thing is the regularity of the strides. “The rider goes up and down like a metronome and thus helps the young horse find his rhythm”. Anja Beran also gives further tips on the use of the leg aids in trot and on how to ride fine walk-trot transitions.

One thing must never be forgotten while training young horses: praise. In this video, Anja Beran shows you how to help the horse improve his neck posture in a soft and natural way. When working with Safi, it is important that the rider's hand offers light contact but does not yet force the roundness of the neck. This is true for further lateral movements such as travers and half pass and for the canter work. At the end of the video, take a look at what circus lessons Safi has learned and why Anja Beran likes to integrate them into the daily training.

You will learn in this video:

  • How to introduce and refine the lateral movements under the saddle
  • How to promote a steady and relaxed trot
  • Which workload is appropriate for a young horse and how you can vary it

Further videos in this series: 

Safi Part 1: Getting used to the saddle & first ride for the young horse



Anja Beran

Anja Beran is the owner and manager of the renewed training centre Gut Rosenhof”. The sensitive rider has been training horses up to the highest level, following the classical Principles, for over 25 years. 

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