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.
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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
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Duration: 23:13 Minutes
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Duration: 16:26 Minutes
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Duration: 16:05 Minutes
In the same way that the training of the lateral work under the rider plays a big role in gymnasticizing the horse, so too does the same work in the long reins. Saskia Gunzer shows us how she trains the lateral work, piaffe, passage and the Spanish walk, all in long reins.
Duration: 25:46 Minutes
Working in long reins is a fascinating possibility to school your horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider on his back. With the necessary preparation work in hand, teaching the horse these long reining exercises should be easily achieved. Once the first step forwards and the first turn have been achieved a serpentine through the entire arena is not far off.
Duration: 26:09 Minutes