The school of Légèreté Part 1: Theoretical basis 2014-11-11T00:00:00+01:00

Balance between horse and rider at every gait in every situation is the goal of our training. The principles of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté, is explained by the experienced trainer with sketches that he himself drew, for the video “Classical Dressage”. From understanding the proportions of the body, the way the back, abdominals, and muscles of the neck work together, the explanation of the aids with the hand, leg and seat of the rider through to the Piaffe and Passage, Philippe Karl explains the principles and methods with which he schools his horses.

You will learn in this video:

  • The groundlines of the philosophy of the school of Légèreté
  • How a horse distributes his weight when in motion
  • How being able to influence the balance of our horse is the key to everything we ask of him

Further videos in this series: 


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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