Uta Gräf & Lenny Part 2: Improve the neck position through flatwork exercises

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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.

You will learn in this video:

  • Which flatwork exercises help the horse develop neck muscles
  • How to teach your horse to accept the contact and go forward to the bit
  • How to develop the proper neck position form the start to avoid your horse being to close in the future

Further videos in this series:


Uta Gräf

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. 

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