First step of classical dressage training: side going
The introductory exercise: The side going. Like a pillar, Anja Beran stands in the middle and lets "Degni" walk sideways around her - crossing his hind legs and standing slightly inwards. Your horse becomes mobile with this exercise, learns to stand and to move loosely.
Basics of groundwork
If you are doing groundwork with your horse for the first time or holding a young horse, just start by leading it straight along the band. Stop in between, let your horse stand still and go backwards. Use your own body language consciously. In this video you will see different variation of this exercise and learn what you need to look out for.
Develop a collected standing
Step by step, Anja Beran teaches "Degni" collected standing. "Standing still is a priority, if you are sure that you are standing still, you can correct the position to reach a collected halt." It is important to practice both hands and to lead from the right. This training session is made of typical exercises of the classical dressage equitation. The goal is for the horse to improve willingly ad happily at his own rhythm.
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Anja Beran is the owner and manager of the renewed training centre “Gut Rosenhof”. The sensitive rider has been training horses up to the highest level, following the classical Principles, for over 25 years.> more
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