For Philippe Karl, lunging work is a very important part of the training, especially for young horses. Of course, it is a way of warming and loosening the horse up before being ridden but it is also an extremely effective way of familiarising the horse to the aids and offers diverse gymnasticizing options. Any form of side reins or restrictions to the horse’s head is absolutely avoided. The horse should be able to find his self-balance in a natural posture. While lunging, lots of changes of direction, tempo and various school figures prepare the horse for the work under saddle, teach him attentiveness and help improve flexibility and suppleness.
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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
Philippe Karl finds that ground work is an important part of the training of a horse; systematic lunging as well as exercises in hand to prepare for the ridden work. The way he does this strengthens the trust he has with his horses, teaches them discipline and establishes important fundamentals for the ridden work.
Duration: 16:07 Minutes
The successful halt is the key to good riding and based on the aids coming together correctly. There is hardly any other exercise that is applied so often yet with so little sureness and knowledge.
Duration: 16:05 Minutes
The 5-year-old Saint Ledger has only just started his basic training. In this lesson, we concentrate on familiarising him to the rider’s aids and despite being in an unfamiliar environment, relaxing in his body and mind.
Duration: 09:08 Minutes
At the beginning of his training, a young horse needs to learn to focus on the rider’s aids. The first steps will be for him to move with suppleness, in a steady rhythm in all three paces. In this video the young Danaro, a 4-year-old stallion is presented to us by Andreas Busacker, Ingrid Klimke’s husband.
Duration: 09:15 Minutes
With loose and supple movement, going nicely forwards, the lunge work complements the work in hand well. Kathrin Roida explains the basic rules and the correct aids. It is possible both on the lunge and at liberty to train your horse for a fluid change of rein.
Duration: 13:36 Minutes