Riding your horse with one hand Part 1: Prerequisites & differences in aid provision

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Riding one-handed means acting fine

Among other things, in Working Equitation free trials are ridden with one hand. Riding with one hand requires enormous precision and fineness of the aids. Katrin Huber, who rides one-handed after an accident, reports on her experiences, the changeover and the differences with ambidextrous riding.

Prerequisites & differences in the aid environment

To be ridden with one hand, the horse should be permeable and able to carry himself. He must have learned to respond well to the thigh and promptly accept the help. In the video, Uta Gräf shows you how to prepare the mare from Katrin Huber and how the use of aids differs compared to ambidextrous riding.

Close the horse with one hand

"It's really much harder", remarks Uta Gräf from the saddle of Katrin Huber's mare about closing the horse with one hand. Small parades, which are often given during ambidextrous riding, are eliminated. Katrin Huber shows Uta Gräf in the classroom how she rides one-handedly on the curb, bends her horse through her inner thigh and manages to close her horse with parades exclusively on the outer reins. Fine riding at the highest level!


You will learn in this video:

  • What are the conditions for a good one-handed riding
  • What use of the aids differs for one-handed and ambidextrous riding
  • How Uta Gräf prepares a horse to be ridden with one hand

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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