Riding your Horse with One Hand Part 2: Test your Own Riding

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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.

Further video in this series: 

Riding your Horse with One Hand Part 1: Prerequisites & Differences in Aid Provision

You will learn in this video:

  • Testing of your aids by riding with both reins in one hand
  • Obstacles in the Working Equitation and how to ride them
  • Incorporating one handed riding into your riding, step by step

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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