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. Not only is it an interesting and helpful exercise to keep older horses fit but also a worthwhile variation and complements of the everyday training of the ridden sport horse.
The correct long reining equipment and the preparation work with the horse in hand are important factors in successful groundwork. The person on the ground learns how their body language is interpreted by the horse and how to get the wanted reaction from them.
The half and entire halts tend to work better and the horse can find his balance. This is achieved with many transitions within walk and halt as well as trot and halt. This work also prepares the horse for more technical exercises and encourages collection on the way to more technical long reining.
Further videos in this series:
Working with long reins part 2: Reinsetting & first long reining exercises
Working with long reins part 3: Lateral work, collecting and Spanish walk
Working with long reins part 4: Canter work
You will learn in this video:
For many years she has been a successful trainer of work in hand, non-competitive dressage, trick training and the work in long reins, and trains horses of all breeds in the high school movements.> more
Once the horse feels comfortable with the chewing and bending exercises from the ground, they can be continued under the saddle. Philippe Karl works on simple transitions between walk and trot. Correctly ridden lateral work is the key to really gymnasticizing the horse.
Duration: 18:39 Minutes
In the turns, both sides of the rider’s body are equally responsible. A mental picture of a train that uses both tracks equally through the turns is helpful for riding curved lines. In this video, you will see what to do to improve your riding seat while riding curved lines.
Duration: 13:43 Minutes
Uta Gräf is of the opinion in order to improve performance in dressage, the aids need to be continually refined, until barely visible. She makes sure that she takes enough time with the young horses so that they learn to be ridden with a fine contact to the rider’s hand. This helps her later with further training and is a result of communicating with almost invisible aids.
Duration: 15:31 Minutes
Structured dressage training, application of the aids, setting goals: profit from the videos of Olympic champion, Ingrid Klimke, and watch as the 4-year-old Soma Bay is trained and gradually starts learning the elementary level exercises. In this video, the dressage work is being ridden outside, on a harvested cornfield, with the goal of practicing lengthening and shortening the strides on long, straight lines.
Duration: 18:19 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