Advertising along the walls at a competition, a stroller next to the arena, or applause in the prize-giving are just a few things that bring out the spookiness of horses. It is a shame when your horse usually goes well but success at competitions or just the enjoyment of riding is negatively affected by outside disturbances.
Horses are flight animals and we cannot overcome these instincts with pressure and force. A better alternative is to use desensitizing and ground work to give the horse the chance, step by step, to become accustomed to strange situations or approach scary objects.
However, the daily dressage training of more advanced horses also offers many opportunities to practice for various “competition situations”, so that little disturbances in a strange environment don’t become uncontrollable aversions. In this video, you will see some situations where Uta Gräf manages to work not against the spookiness of the horse but also with it towards relaxation and trust with young horses as well as with more advanced one. Uta Gräf “one cannot practice for every situation, but you can get to understand your horse and help him stay relaxed in difficult situations”.
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Uta Gräf made a name for herself on the international stage with her sensitive riding. Through her unusual combination of high-level dressage riding and allowing her horses to live as naturally as possible. She has become a role model for changing attitudes towards the horse and dressage for the better.> more
Those who wish to understand the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté should firstly understand the theoretical aspects behind it. The foundation of his teachings is harmony and balance between horse and rider. The effectiveness of the rider plays a deciding role on the journey their training takes.
Duration: 10:59 Minutes
At the beginning of his training, a young horse needs to learn to focus on the rider’s aids. The first steps will be for him to move with suppleness, in a steady rhythm in all three paces. In this video the young Danaro, a 4-year-old stallion is presented to us by Andreas Busacker, Ingrid Klimke’s husband.
Duration: 09:15 Minutes
The desire of the horse to go forward, combined with bending the hindquarters is the basis of a good piaffe. Philippe Karl uses various exercises to teach his horses the piaffe and bring them into perfect balance. Every horse can learn to passage correctly when one sensitively combines the Spanish walk with the trot, something the world-renowned trainer has seen continually happen over the years.
Duration: 21:17 Minutes
Supported by her mentor Major Paul Stecken we watch as Ingrid Klimke works the 4-year-old Trakhener mare, Eternity, following classical training methods to improve impulsion. We can also watch the result of beautifully correct training as Eternity takes part in her first competition.
Duration: 20:01 Minutes
Once the horse has been familiarised to the effects of the double bridle on the ground, Philippe Karl then continues this from the saddle. He rides using the Fillis hold, enabling the use of the two bits separately.
Duration: 09:16 Minutes