Gymnasticizing work in hand Part 2: Lateral movement



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Before starting lateral movements with your horse, it makes sense to go over the exercises shown in Part 1. Establishing the basics is key. With the four-year-old stallion, "For Spirit", Kathrin practices a prompt halt, backward and a fluid change of rein. Does that work with your horse just as well?

The first exercise for lateral movement through the sidewards work is yielding on a volte. "I imagine the face of a clock, I'm in the middle where the arms join and the horse steps around me". Your horse should learn when asked with only a small aid to yield through the shoulder and bend the hindlegs more easily. 

The lateral movements are super important. Kathrin Roida shows us very exact aids and explains what we need to watch out for when doing this sidewards work. What tempo should we ask for? Why is it simply moving sideways not enough and how do we achieve the correct stretching of the muscles? Introduce the correct yielding step by step.

What you will learn in this video:

  • What your horse should be able to do before attempting this work
  • How you can increase your horse's flexibility with the yielding exercise on a volte
  • How to carry out the exercise correctly and helping your horse become more supple

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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