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.
Further videos in this series:
The school of Légèreté Part 1: Theoretical basis
The school of Légèreté Part 2: Lunging is an important part of the training of horses
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 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
Once the horse has been familiarised to the effects of the double bridle on the ground, Philippe Karl then continues this from the saddle. He rides using the Fillis hold, enabling the use of the two bits separately.
Duration: 09:16 Minutes
Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.
Duration: 16:26 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: 14:26 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
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