The School of Légèreté Part 7: Gymnastization with Combined Lateral Movements 2015-12-23T00:00:00+01:00

Combining different lateral movements allows the rider to improve the balance, bend, and movement of the horse. Each lateral movement has a different effect on the horse. In shoulder-in, for example, the horse puts more weight on his inside shoulder, in renvers, on the outside shoulder.

Philippe Karl likes to ride the combined lateral movements on a figure eight. This continuously changes the direction of the horse’s movement, thereby giving the rider the opportunity to play with the balance of the horse while increasing suppleness and agility. Another combination, going from travers to counter shoulder-in, addresses the haunches in particular. Finally, we can combine all the lateral movements fluidly.


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You will learn in this video:

  • The theory and practical application of riding lateral movements
  • How to improve balance, suppleness, and throughness with lateral movements
  • What to look out for when riding lateral movements on straight lines

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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