Stefan Schneider trains his horses regularly using one hand as when he takes part in the most advanced level of Working Equitation, it is a requirement that all the tests are ridden with one hand. In the video he shows us why a Grand Prix dressage horse has more in common with a Working Equitation horse than we perhaps thought; Both horses need to react to the finest of aids and be able to collect easily.
With the young mare "Hermine" and the gelding, "Lenny", Uta shows us how she trains her horses using both reins in one hand. When beginning it is perfectly normal that it might not look or feel so great, but we can switch between one-handed and two-handed riding until it starts to become easier and easier. Uta shows us the best way to introduce and incorporate it into your training. She finds it is challenging but is a great way of spotting weaknesses in training and knowing what she needs to work on.
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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
For Uta Gräf and her husband, Stefan Schneider, fine riding is not only a question of riding technique but the result of the “whole caring package” of husbandry, feeding, and training that keeps the horse healthy and happy. Keeping competition horses in a herd in the field is a fairly unusual practice, as is riding without a standard indoor in summer and especially winter. This video lets us experience Uta Gräf’s training and husbandry concepts.
Duration: 00:20:13 Minutes
Uta Gräf is of the opinion in order to improve performance in dressage, the aids need to be continually refined, until barely visible. She makes sure that she takes enough time with the young horses so that they learn to be ridden with a fine contact to the rider’s hand. This helps her later with further training and is a result of communicating with almost invisible aids.
Duration: 00:15:31 Minutes
Half pass is the next step of the training for Helios. 3 months after the first training videos we can see that the contact became steadier and that the horse is ready for more difficult exercises. In this video you will see how Uta progressively builds up her training session, using leg yielding and transitions as preparatory exercises for the half pass.
Duration: 00:09:21 Minutes
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
Deliano is a very big and talented horse that was comfortable with the contact, naturally balanced and stays in a rhythm, right from the start. Uta Gräf is careful to support the gelding's natural characteristics and help him move with more expression, which she shows you in this film - from the warm-up phase to the canter work.
Duration: 00:22:21 Minutes