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.

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

You will learn in this video:

  • How to soften the contact between hands and mouth with strong horses
  • How to accustom the horse to the desired response from the bit using groundwork
  • How the straightness of the horse is a result of being soft on both sides

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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