Philippe Karl considers the double bridle an excellent instrument for nuanced influence on the horse’s mouth. He prefers the so-called Fillis Hold of the reins because it allows the rider to utilize the distinct effects of the snaffle and curb bits. But of course, the horse must first be carefully introduced to the double bridle. Philippe Karl again begins this work from the ground and later translates it into movement under saddle. The snaffle bit is responsible for flexion and bend in the neck, and the curb bit can improve softening and rounding at the poll.
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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.> more
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
In order to ride fluid transitions between and within gaits, the rider must be able to coordinate the aids accurately. Having explained the technical aspects in the first part of this series, Reinhart Koblitz now demonstrates in practical terms what it means to ride the horse back to front.
Duration: 00:19:09 Minutes
Long reining is a fascinating way to school the horse in all the movements without the weight of the rider. With a bit of preparation in this craft, it should be no problem to attempt this work. Once the horse steps forward and turns on command, the serpentines across the whole arena are not that far off.
Duration: 00:26:09 Minutes
Spookiness is part of the natural behavior of horses. For success at competitions as well as for harmonious riding at home, the horse needs to learn to trust his rider and stay relaxed even in unusual or worrisome situations. Uta Gräf shows how she prepares her horses at home in their everyday training to handle such external stimuli.
Duration: 00:13:08 Minutes
We work on establishing a steady contact, a soft and rubbery connection between the rider’s hands and the horse’s mouth that receives the energy from the horse’s hindquarters. This supports the development of pushing power.
Duration: 00:16:26 Minutes