The school of Légèreté Part 2: Lunging is an important part of the training of horses



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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.

 

Further videos in this series: 

You will learn in this video:

  • How to use lunging as a useful and motivating part of the training of horses
  • How to teach a horse to behave calmly on the lunge, without side reins
  • How to have your horse respond to your voice and body language in all gaits

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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