Every rider dreams of being able to give the smallest of aids and our horse reacting as though he can read our mind. This is absolutely possible but entails a lot of work, especially on your own seat and making sure the aids you give are correct. Too much hand or too little, a clamping or flapping leg, positive bodily tension or a wobbly seat- this all has an effect on how a horse goes.
Only once all our aids work together harmonically & effectively; our seat, leg and hands, is it possible to close our horse, or "connect" his back end to his front, with the ability to shorten his frame, extend his frame, all with seemingly little effort to the onlooker. Not only is improving throughness our goal but improving our horses ability to use his back and carry more weight behind.
Dr. Britta Schöffmann explains and shows in this video how important the timing and the intensity of the aids are, in order to avoid any misunderstandings with your horse. "Just the aids being given in the wrong order is enough to prevent the horse from reacting correctly to his riders requests" she reminds us.
Further videos in this series:
The Ideal Dressage Seat Part 1: The Riding Seat and it's Effects
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Spookiness is part of the natural behavior of horses. For success at competitions as well as for harmonious riding at home, the horse needs to learn to trust his rider and stay relaxed even in unusual or worrisome situations. Uta Gräf shows how she prepares her horses at home in their everyday training to handle such external stimuli.
Duration: 00:13:08 Minutes
In order to carry the rider’s weight without tension and injury, the horse must lift his back and step under his center of gravity with his hindquarters. Riding a successful halt is the key. The halt arises out of the proper combination and order of seat (weight), leg, and rein aids.
Duration: 00:16:05 Minutes
Ingrid Klimke puts a lot of emphasis on the systematic basic training of a young horse. She and her husband demonstrate how to support a young stallion to better focus on the rider's aids, find a steady rhythm, and move in relaxation and balance.
Duration: 00:09:15 Minutes
In order to ride fluid transitions between and within gaits, the rider must be able to coordinate the aids accurately. Having explained the technical aspects in the first part of this series, Reinhart Koblitz now demonstrates in practical terms what it means to ride the horse back to front.
Duration: 00:19:09 Minutes
Ingrid Klimke coaches her student Laura in the use of correct aids with a young and still unfocused horse in an unfamiliar arena. It is very important in such situations that the young horse listens to the rider’s driving aids. Sait Ledger is a 5-year-old Hanovarian gelding who is being trained by his owner Laura.
Duration: 00:09:08 Minutes