Develop a healthy neck position. The 5-year-old Lenny has a thin neck and tends to go rather too deep and too tight. After a few months of training on basic flatwork exercises with Uta Gräf and her team, Lenny's next goal is set: Develop the topline muscles by having a soft and steady contact to the hand and a forward neck position.
Uta Gräf attaches great importance to giving the horse a good feeling in the mouth as soon as he accepts the contact of the hands and leans forward to the bit. The different flatwork exercises paid off: Lenny opens more and more in the neck-head angle and seeks the rider's hand to lean deeper while staying softer.
"We started to ride Lenny relatively late because he was such a gangly young horse," explains Uta Gräf. Every horse enjoys a patient and individual education. For Lenny, the wait was just right: he is now eagerly developing into a willing and satisfied dressage horse. Day after day he improves through the flatwork exercises and evolves towards being a very uncomplicated young horse.
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