The correct design of the warm-up phase is the prerequisite for a successful riding session as well as good transitions. Uta makes sure that Deliano carries himself and stretches forwards and downwards correctly. She will show you why and how you should adapt the structure of the warm-up phase to the characteristics of your horse.
Uta tries to ride the transitions with as little effort as possible. Can you ride with almost invisible aids? Uta explains how your horse learns to collect during the walk-trot transitions. The aim of the side going is to maintain motivation: "Stop immediately if it's good".
"Everything that some horses have trouble with is easy for him", Uta Gräf enthuses about Deliano. Nevertheless, she is careful not to overwork him - especially during this growing up phase, this could put him under a lot of strain. Take a look at the exercises Uta uses to improve load absorption of the hind legs during the canter work and how she introduces the exercises in a playful way.
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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.> more
Philippe Karl gives us not only a theoretical understanding but also explains how to put this into practice, today teaching a horse the canter transitions. He uses various arena figures and lateral work to help the horse. It is interesting to watch how the French Master teaches the flying changes, from working canter to counter canter on a circle. A high degree of collection is necessary before commencing the canter pirouettes.
Duration: 21:19 Minutes
Once the horse has been familiarised to the effects of the double bridle on the ground, Philippe Karl then continues this from the saddle. He rides using the Fillis hold, enabling the use of the two bits separately.
Duration: 09:16 Minutes
Spookiness is part of the natural behavior of horses. For success at competitions as well as for harmonic riding at home, the horse needs to learn to trust his rider and stay relaxed even in unusual or worrying situations. Uta Gräf shows how she prepares her horses at home in their everyday training for such circumstances.
Duration: 13:08 Minutes
Correct riding, as well as riding transitions, entails riding from “the back end to the front” (as one says). Reinhart Koblitz shows in this video exactly what that means and most importantly, how this applies to half- and entire halts.
Duration: 19:09 Minutes
Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the riding training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.
Duration: 16:26 Minutes