Becoming an effective rider: the basic seat is correct, the individual aids are becoming better and better... But your horse is still not going on the bit or softening through the poll! "This is absolutely normal" explains Britta Schöffmann "the first big step for every rider, no matter their age, once balance is established, is the path to becoming effective in the saddle".
Feeling and control of your body: That is correct, in order to become effective using the riding aids, not only is body control necessary but a big part is developing feeling for the correct timing of every little aid as well as mental awareness of the entire situation concerning your horse. To learn this needs time.
Exercises to become more effective: As an example, we get to watch a 12-year-old rider and her former school pony with Britta. She shows how to help an inexperienced rider learning effectiveness, which exercises are most helpful and what they are concentrating on. At the end of the lesson, the side reins should (and will be) removed.
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The horse’s mouth is sacred. Groundwork can be used to teach the horse the desired responses to the bit. Philippe Karl uses the bit exclusively in a way that acts on the corners of the mouth as low hands create too much pressure on the sensitive tongue.
Duration: 00:11:44 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
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
We work on establishing a steady contact, a soft and rubbery connection between the rider’s hands and the horse’s mouth that receives the energy from the horse’s hindquarters. This supports the development of pushing power.
Duration: 00:16:26 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