The School of Légèreté Part 3: Preparatory Groundwork for the Horse 2015-11-20T00:00:00+01:00

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. 

Further videos in this series: 


You will learn in this video:

  • To soften the connection between the hand and mouth of horses that get strong
  • To use groundwork to accustom the horse to the desired responses to the bit
  • How to act on the corners of the mouth and not on the sensitive tongue
  • How straightness is the result of throughness

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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