For Philippe Karl, a horse must want to go forward for a good piaffe. This desire to go forward needs to be combined with lowering the hindquarters. In a good piaffe, the hind legs will move under the horse further towards the front legs and not the other way around. Eventually, the horse is in perfect balance and only then, can the forehand be lightened. The piaffe needs lots of preparation for work and power. The French Riding Master shows us here how he approaches piaffe training.
The elevation of the forehand is what helps the horse start to passage and not necessarily the hindquarters coming under the point of gravity. The horse goes into passage with short but expressive steps and that is what makes this movement so fascinating. Philippe Karl likes to develop the passage by combining the Spanish walk with the trot work.
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 7: Combined lateral movements
The school of Légèreté Part 8: Jumping training on the lunge and under saddle
The school of Légèreté Part 9: Spanish Walk
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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
Those who wish to understand the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté should firstly understand the theoretical aspects behind it. The foundation of his teachings is harmony and balance between horse and rider. The effectiveness of the rider plays a deciding role on the journey their training takes.
Duration: 10:59 Minutes
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Duration: 26:09 Minutes
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Duration: 13:08 Minutes
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Duration: 23:13 Minutes