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 journalist and former Grand Prix rider turned her hobby into “the most multi-faceted job in the world”: she rides, teaches, and writes. Her books on dressage are read worldwide.> more
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
The Hanoverian gelding, High Noon, had been badly ridden for a long time. He is hesitant trusting the hand and bit, therefore he doesn’t accept a steady contact when ridden. Philippe Karl helps him improve with chewing and bending exercises both on the ground and from the saddle. Learning to reach for the bit at all gaits is the main priority at this stage.
Duration: 00:33:54 Minutes
Philippe Karl explains in great detail both the theory and practical application of teaching the horse a good canter transition. He uses a variety of arena figures and lateral work. Interestingly, the French riding master teaches the first flying changes by having the horse change from the true canter into the counter canter. In order to do pirouette work, the horse has to already be able to show a high degree of collection.
Duration: 00:21:19 Minutes
This video is an introduction to the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté. The balance of both horse and rider in every gait and every situation are at the core of his training methodology. The accuracy of the rider’s aids are of utmost importance.
Duration: 00:10:59 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