Contact: Keeping the Horse in Front of the Vertical 2018-07-27T00:00:00+02:00

Lenny is now 7 years old and the contact to the bit is well established. For this training session, Uta Gräf focuses on changes of tempo within the canter. She makes sure that Lenny doesn’t become too short through the neck, especially when riding the downward transitions.

The double bridle is being introduced for the first time at the end of a normal training session. She pays particular attention that Lenny keeps his nose in front of the vertical. You will see that having light contact does not mean no contact at all. Uta Gräf explains from the saddle what she is looking for.

During the second half of this video, Uta teaches Lenny’s owner and focuses on correct use of the aids. Here again, Lenny is encouraged to lower his neck without becoming too round. Uta Gräf explains from the ground exactly what to do to use your rein aids correctly and support your horse with correct contact.

You will learn in this video:

  • How to introduce the double bridle for the first time
  • What to pay attention to when working with the curb
  • The sequence of aids for a better contact to the bit
  • How to prevent your horse from going behind the vertical

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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