Gymnastic work on the hand Part 1: Fundamentals of groundwork

Trainer: Kathrin Roida

Based on the 2-year-old stallions "A clever boy" and "Liberal" Kathrin Roida shows how the basic groundwork not only serves the education but also facilitates the everyday handling of the horse considerably. It is about promoting the response to fine aids on the ground.

One of the most important first exercises when training the horse on groundwork is the mastery of driving and regulating aids. Your horse should be able to stop, stand and go backward without you having to pull the rope. Kathrin Roida will show you how to teach your horse how to look after your voice and equipment aids.

A smooth hand change on the hand is not as easy as one might suspect at first. The horse should not get too close to the instructor or over his shoulder. You will see in this training video how it works and why one side can work better than the other one.

You will learn in this video:

  • How to teach your horse the basics of groundwork
  • Why the driving and regulating aids are the key to all further lessons
  • How to make a smooth hand change & how you work it out with your horse step by step

Further videos in this series: 



Kathrin Roida

Kathrin Roida is committed to classic dressage. In hand and under saddle, she trains horses in an appropriate and sustainable way. With her work she wants to promote the health of the horse over the years.

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