Uta Gräf & Deliano Part 1: Improving expression starts at the warm-up phase

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Taking into account the pronounced growth strides of Deliano, Uta Gräf is careful in his training. Her long-term goal: to promote his good basic dispositions towards more expression. Look at how Uta Gräf works towards this during warm-up and work phases.

The correct training of the horse begins in the warm-up phase. During the warming up, Uta Gräf pays attention to always reinstalling a "contact-out-of-the-hand" chewing, while always keeping Deliano active from the back. Alternate picking and chewing in trot and gallop contribute to the looseness and to more expression.

In the working phase, Uta Gräf wants to keep the pace quieter, but at the same time make the trot bigger. It shows you which exercises in the trot and canter particularly well activate the hindquarters and bring Deliano to more powerful strides, more swing development, and more expression.

You will learn in this video:

  • How to correctly interpret and promote the basic disposition of your horse
  • Which exercises are good for the warm-up phase
  • How to promote and enhance the expression of your horse in the working phase

Further videos in this series: 

Uta Gräf & Deliano Part 2: Riding correct transitions and improving the canter


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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