The School of Légèreté Part 6: Riding in the Double Bridle



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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.

Further videos in this series: 

You will learn in this video:

  • How to carefully introduce the double bridle to the horse from the ground
  • Why Philippe Karl uses the Filis Hold and how it works
  • How to use snaffle and curb reins separately
  • Important principles of correct contact according to Philippe Karl

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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