The horse’s mouth is sacred. Therefore the rein aids and the rider’s hands must be as soft and gentle as possible. A low hand produces too much pressure on the sensitive tongue of the horse, Phillip Karl explains. That’s why he uses the bit exclusively in a way that acts on the corners of the mouth, which encourages the horse to chew and ultimately to stretch. The French master also prepares the lateral bending of the neck and first exercises in Übertreten/stepping over in hand from the ground.
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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
Ingrid Klimke coaches her student Laura in the use of correct aids with a young and still unfocused horse in an unfamiliar arena. It is very important in such situations that the young horse listens to the rider’s driving aids. Sait Ledger is a 5-year-old Hanovarian gelding who is being trained by his owner Laura.
Duration: 00:09:08 Minutes
The chewing and bending exercises are now practiced in walk, under saddle. An important prerequisite for good hand action is the flexibility of the wrists. Learn how the correct frame looks when ridden and how to use rhythm and tempo to improve the contact to the bit.
Duration: 00:23:37 Minutes
In this video series, you get to experience Ingrid Klimke training the young gelding, Just Paul, over two years following classical training methods. Understanding the leg aids is a very important part of the training in order for the horse to be able to react to subtle actions of the rider in the future.
Duration: 00:14:26 Minutes
We work on establishing a steady contact, a soft and rubbery connection between the rider’s hands and the horse’s mouth that receives the energy from the horse’s hindquarters. This supports the development of pushing power.
Duration: 00:16:26 Minutes
When working High Noon, Philippe Karl alternates between the snaffle and the double bridle. The work must not differ fundamentally as the curb is only used to refine the exercises. In this video, you will learn how to use the reins correctly when working on the double bridle.
Duration: 00:21:06 Minutes