First steps under the saddle. Since Lenny is still a very green horse when it comes to training under the saddle, Uta Gräf's staff carefully lead him to his future tasks in the arena. In the beginning, it's all about giving him confidence and letting Lenny find his balance. The first exercise: walking relaxed around the outdoor arena.
We make a leap in time: a few months later you can already see that Lenny evolves to an easy to ride and sympathetic dressage horse. Watch in the video how Lenny gets used to the environment in the arena and how to get onto a "green" horse safely succeeds.
The most important goal of the basic training is to manage the green horse with as fine help as possible: first make clear what the rider wants, then reduce the aids. A few months later, Lenny learned the basic aids but can sometimes be unsteady with the contact which Uta Gräf will focus on.
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Uta Gräf made a name for herself on the international stage with her sensitive riding. Through her unusual combination of high-level dressage riding and allowing her horses to live as naturally as possible. She has become a role model for changing attitudes towards the horse and dressage for the better.> more
Half pass is the next step of the training for Helios. 3 months after the first training videos we can see that the contact became steadier and that the horse is ready for more difficult exercises. In this video you will see how Uta progressively builds up her training session, using leg yielding and transitions as preparatory exercises for the half pass.
Duration: 09:21 Minutes
Once the horse feels comfortable with the chewing and bending exercises from the ground, they can be continued under the saddle. Philippe Karl works on simple transitions between walk and trot. Correctly ridden lateral work is the key to really gymnasticizing the horse.
Duration: 18:39 Minutes
The horse’s mouth is sacred. Ground work can be used to teach the horse how he is expected to react to the bit, in order to build a connection as gentle and soft as possible.
Duration: 11:44 Minutes
Once the horse has been familiarised to the effects of the double bridle on the ground, Philippe Karl then continues this from the saddle. He rides using the Fillis hold, enabling the use of the two bits separately.
Duration: 09:16 Minutes
Supported by her mentor Major Paul Stecken we watch as Ingrid Klimke works the 4-year-old Trakhener mare, Eternity, following classical training methods to improve impulsion. We can also watch the result of beautifully correct training as Eternity takes part in her first competition.
Duration: 20:01 Minutes