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
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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.> more
Lateral movements are of great importance when it comes to gymnasticizing the horse. Shoulder-in, travers, renvers and counter shoulder-in, as well as fluidly transitioning from one to another result in a chance to play with the balance of the horse. Well executed, those movements lead to an increase in flexibility, suppleness and a prompt reaction to the aids of the rider.
Duration: 00:10:44 Minutes
In this video series, you can follow Ingrid Klimke as she trains the young gelding Just Paul over a period of two years. Even if today’s dressage training conditions aren’t optimal, they present an opportunity to familiarize the young horse with such new situations. Have a look to see how the Olympic champion masters this task.
Duration: 00:10:07 Minutes
In order to carry the rider’s weight without tension and injury, the horse must lift his back and step under his center of gravity with his hindquarters. Riding a successful halt is the key. The halt arises out of the proper combination and order of seat (weight), leg, and rein aids.
Duration: 00:16:05 Minutes
“Just Paul” is a very talented 3-year-old gelding. You will be able to follow his development over a period of two years. This will allow you to watch in real-time how Olympic champion Ingrid Klimke – under the watchful eye of her mentor Major Paul Stecken – carefully trains her young horse.
Duration: 00:23:13 Minutes
After introducing the horse to the double bridle from the ground, Philippe Karl utilizes the different effects of the snaffle and the curb bits in the work under the saddle. He uses the so-called Fillis Hold in order to use both reins separately for more exact aiding.
Duration: 00:09:16 Minutes