The combination of various lateral movements gives the rider the possibility to control and improve the balance, bend and movement of their horse. Every lateral movement has a specific effect on the horse. For example, during shoulder-in the inside shoulder takes more weight, whereas in renvers the outside shoulder is more loaded.
Philippe Karl likes to ride the combined lateral movements in a figure of eight. Through these exercises with constant changes in direction, the rider can play with the horse’s balance, with suppleness and flexibility positive side effects. Another possibility is to train the hindquarters, such as when changing from travers to counter shoulder-in. Finally, all the lateral movements can be fluidly combined with one another.
Further videos in this series:
The school of Légèreté Part 1: Theoretical basis
The school of Légèreté Part 2: Lunging is an important part of the training of horses
The school of Légèreté Part 3: Preparing the horse with ground work
The school of Légèreté Part 4: Suppling the horse with bending exercises
The school of Légèreté Part 5: Canter transitions, flying changes, pirouettes
The school of Légèreté Part 6: Riding in a double bridle
The school of Légèreté Part 8: Jumping training on the lunge and under saddle
The school of Légèreté Part 9: Spanish Walk
The school of Légèreté Part 10: Piaffe and Passage
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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
Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.
Duration: 16:26 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
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
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 video allows you to follow the young dressage horse “Just Paul” and Ingrid Klimke during his first training session with Paul Stecken!
Duration: 23:13 Minutes