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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In this video series, we watch as the 5-year-old Hanoverian gelding, High Noon, undergoes his new training with Philippe Karl. Through the systematic training on the lunge the young horse learns to trust and respect the person on the ground. The most important lessons for High Noon to learn next under saddle, are to open his poll and accept the contact of the bit.
Duration: 00:19:36 Minutes
Uta Gräf is of the opinion in order to improve performance in dressage, the aids need to be continually refined, until barely visible. She makes sure that she takes enough time with the young horses so that they learn to be ridden with a fine contact to the rider’s hand. This helps her later with further training and is a result of communicating with almost invisible aids.
Duration: 00:15:31 Minutes
One of the most challenging parts of a secure riding seat is allowing the hips to swing with the horse whilst staying still with the upper body. The leg must hang downwards in an elastic and shock absorbing way and the upper body must have the correct amount of positive tension. The exercises shown here, on and off the horse, help you develop a balanced, secure seat.
Duration: 00:12:33 Minutes
Warwick McLean is a successful dressage rider and horse behavioral expert. With targeted groundwork, he helps horses to relax even in difficult situations using the process of habituation. In this video, he works with horses from the stable of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Benjamin Werndl.
Duration: 00:16:33 Minutes
Derived from the centuries-old culture of the working horse in southern Europe, Working Equitation combines the disciplines dressage, ease of handling trial, speed trial and for teams, cow work. This video shows World and European Champion, Pedro Torres, as he goes through the dressage work that is a necessary foundation for all aspects of Working Equitation.
Duration: 00:28:13 Minutes