First Steps on the Double Lunge Line



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The long line is introduced in an environment that is familiar to the horse. The box, for example, is a place where the horse feels confident and relaxed. Fritz Stahlecker carefully introduces the longe line until the horse accepts it all around his body in a relaxed manner.

Introducing the forward movement on the double lunge line is the first step of the training. Once the horse has understood and walks forward diligently, he is rewarded by the trainer loosening the reins. This lightness should be maintained during further exercises.

Once the horse is familiar with the rein aids, he is introduced to the first lateral exercises. Watch as Fritz Stahlecker introduces the Travers and half-pass. During this phase of the training, the most important thing is for the horse to understand what is expected rather than performing the exercise perfectly.

You will learn in this video:

  • Gently accustoming the horse to the double long line
  • Giving clear signals for clear understanding
  • Introducing the forward movement
  • The first lateral exercises

Fritz Stahlecker

Fritz Stahlecker, an engineer, born in 1925, is considered one of the most distinguished hippologists in Germany. As a self-taught horseman, he has worked with young, often difficult horses from the beginning to the highest level of dressage training.

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