The school of Légèreté Part 3: Preparing with ground work 2014-11-20T00:00:00+01:00

While trying to educate the horse to the use of the bit, ground work is a perfect step for preparatory exercises. The rider’s hand must be gentle and follow as softly as possible. When the hands are held deep and rigid the pressure on the tongue is far too much, Philippe Karl explains. That is why he uses the bit in an upwards direction, acting on the corners of the mouth, holding the reins so that the horse will chew and as a result starts to stretch towards the bit. The French Riding Master also does the sideways bending of the neck and first yielding exercises in hand from the ground.

You will learn in this video:

  • How to teach a strong horse to soften when the hand is used, without making him come behind the vertical
  • How ground work exercises are perfect to teach the horse the desired response from the bit in halt, walk and rein backs
  • How teaching a horse to be flexible on both sides of his mouth and body will lead to straightness and not the other way around

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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