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”.
In this video you will learn:
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
Lateral movements are of great importance when it comes to gymnasticizing the horse. Shoulder-in, travers, renvers and counter shoulder-in, as well as fluidly transitioning from one to another result in a chance to play with the balance of the horse. Well executed, those movements lead to an increase in flexibility, suppleness and a prompt reaction to the aids of the rider.
Duration: 10:44 Minutes
The 5-year-old Saint Ledger has only just started his basic training. In this lesson, we concentrate on familiarising him to the rider’s aids and despite being in an unfamiliar environment, relaxing in his body and mind.
Duration: 09:08 Minutes
The successful halt is the key to good riding and based on the aids coming together correctly. There is hardly any other exercise that is applied so often yet with so little sureness and knowledge.
Duration: 16:05 Minutes
Philippe Karl gives us not only a theoretical understanding but also explains how to put this into practice, today teaching a horse the canter transitions. He uses various arena figures and lateral work to help the horse. It is interesting to watch how the French Master teaches the flying changes, from working canter to counter canter on a circle. A high degree of collection is necessary before commencing the canter pirouettes.
Duration: 21:19 Minutes
This series allows you to watch as Olympic medallist, Ingrid Klimke, trains the young dressage gelding “Just Paul” over two years. Even though the training conditions were not optimal today, this provides an opportunity to get the young horse used to a new situation. Watch how Ingrid does it!
Duration: 10:07 Minutes