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.
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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
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