The school of légèreté Part 4: Suppling the horse with bending exercises



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The work that has been done to bend the horse on the ground, is now being continued under the saddle. Philippe Karl begins the work again with the chewing and sideways bending exercises in halt and walk. This way the horse learns the rein aids and leg aids separately. Once the transitions between walk and trot are working well the lateral work can begin. Shoulder-in, renvers, counter shoulder-in and travers. This is initially done on a circle and later in a straight line and in trot. The lateral work is the key to correctly gymnasticize the horse in its education and to correct any problems. Bending exercises are the first step towards suppleness. A horse capable of bending softly and equally on both sides will go easier trough the next step of the training which includes various types of lateral movement on all three paces.

You will learn in this video:

  • Why are bending exercises a crucial step in the training of the horse
  • The importance of teaching the horse hand and leg aids separately
  • How a horse carries his weight in the lateral work and how the rider can help him with his own weight distribution

Further videos in this series: 

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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