The School of Légèreté Part 1: Theoretical Principles



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The balance of both horse and rider in every gait and every situation are at the core of this training methodology. The experienced trainer Philippe Karl explains the theoretical principles of his School of Légèreté with illustrations, drawn by himself for the film “Classical Dressage.”  He outlines his understanding of body proportions, the relationship of the back, neck, and abdominal muscles, the correct seat, leg and rein aids,  as well as the sequence of movement in the piaffe and passage.

Further videos in this series: 

The School of Légèreté Part 2: Lunging is an Important Part of the Training of Horses
The School of Légèreté Part 3: Preparing with Groundwork
The School of Légèreté Part 4: Suppling the Horse with Bending Exercises
The School of Légèreté Part 5: Canter Transitions, Flying Changes, Pirouettes
The School of Légèreté Part 6: Riding in a Double Bridle
The School of Légèreté Part 7: Combined Lateral Movements
The School of Légèreté Part 8: Jumping Training on the Lunge and Under the Saddle
The School of Légèreté Part 9: Spanish Walk
The School of Légèreté Part 10: Piaffe and Passage

You will learn in this video:

  • The theoretical principles of Philippe Karl’s School of Légèreté
  • The distribution of the horse’s weight as he moves
  • The rider’s influence on the horse’s balance during training
  • Important theoretical aspects regarding the anatomy of the horse

Philippe Karl

Philippe Karl was a rider for famous Cadre Noir in France for thirteen years. He has made a worldwide name for himself as a trainer, author, and founder of the Ecole de Légèreté.

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