Once you’ve mastered the preparatory exercises and acquired the basics of the reinsetting, the first long reining exercises are easily achieved. 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. Saskia Gunzer explains in an easy to follow way, how to hold the reins and how the aids are given; before you know it, you will be ready to take your first step.
Once your horse travels forward willingly, stays straight and then halts again you have already achieved a lot. The next step is turning, the first step of trot and a serpentine using the entire arena. Naturally, not all horses learn equally and it can be a challenge to adjust the training according to the horse’s individual character. In this video, Saskia Gunzer will introduce you to the very first exercises in long reins and will help you overcome the first difficulties you might encounter.
Through the previous work in hand, the handler should already know the horse quite well and how he will most likely react. Watch the Video “Working in long reins part 1”
Further videos in this series:
Working with long reins part 1: Equipment & preparatory exercises for the horse
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
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Duration: 21:17 Minutes
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Duration: 16:26 Minutes
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Duration: 09:08 Minutes
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Duration: 19:09 Minutes
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Duration: 20:01 Minutes