The school of Légèreté Part 8: Jumping training on the lunge and under saddle



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Philippe Karl considers a horse fully educated once he can do all the lateral movements and everything up to and including piaffe and passage. Showjumping is also part of the classical education of a horse. It is not an end in itself but a great chance to gymnasticize the horse and have him stretch from nose to tail. It also trains his brain, he learns to pay attention and find the correct take-off distance. Naturally, he should not be over faced, the fences only as high as he is comfortable jumping. Jumping training is then very valuable and a great variation in everyday training.

As for dressage training, riding jumps can be prepared by lunging the horse near and over the jumps. Once again Philippe Karl will demonstrate that the philosophy of the school of légèreté is centered on the horse, his well-being and the respect of his abilities.

You will learn in this video:

  • Why Philippe Karl believes jumping training is an important part of the education of the horse
  • The advantages of including jumping training in your horse’s work
  • How to introduce the first jumping exercises on the lunge 

Further videos in this series: 

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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