When it comes to buying a horse, the first impression is important. Taking a look at the horse in the stable, whilst being led or tacked up, is a great way to get an idea of the general behaviour and manners of the horse. Observing the horse being ridden helps to assess the quality of the movement, the rideability as well as seeing any problems that might arise.
When riding the horse, the feeling you get is important, basic requests will quickly reveal strengths and weaknesses in the ridden work. For example, the rhythm in walk ideally shouldn't change when you shorten the reins. The balance of the horse, as well as its ability to stay straight, can be tested by riding transitions.
Other criteria such as the health of the horse, its behaviour outdoors or other characteristics particular to your needs should also be taken into consideration and tested. You should always remember: when buying a horse, the overall goal is for your training together to be fun!
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Martin Plewa is a representative of the classical riding apprenticeship. He was appointed riding master and learned with great masters such as Major a.D. Paul Stecken and Colonel a.D. Hans Winkel. For over 50 years he has been riding and training dressage, jumping as well as eventing. From 1985 to 2001 he was the national trainer of eventing in Germany.> more
To allow a horse to enjoy his work and stay motivated, it is essential that the training is adjusted accordingly to each individual horse. Uta Gräf shows us with the 6-year-old Damon Jerome NRW and the 12-year-old stallion Le Noir, what she is aware of when training in order to keep a young horse happy and interested and maintain the motivation of an older, more experienced horse.
Duration: 00:21:54 Minutes
High Noon has visibly improved. Philippe Karl starts riding the gelding with a double bridle and demonstrates the initial approach to the collecting work of the horse. Not only have the lateral movements and acceptance of the bit improved but High Noon also does his first flying change.
Duration: 00:16:35 Minutes
The focus of this training session is the walk-canter-walk transitions. The mare learns to take more weight behind, necessary for learning the counter canter. It is interesting to observe how Ingrid Klimke makes her aids less and less noticeable, this applying to the turn on the haunches as well.
Duration: 00:22:18 Minutes
The horse’s mouth is sacred. Ground work can be used to teach the horse how he is expected to react to the bit, in order to build a connection as gentle and soft as possible.
Duration: 00:11:44 Minutes
After about one year of training, the five-year-old horse is familiarized with novice education. Contact and permeability are consolidated, and the horse gets used to being ridden with the double bridle.
Duration: 00:15:33 Minutes