Long reining gives us the fascinating opportunity to school the horse in all the movements without the weight of the rider. Saskia Gunzer explains in easy to understand terms how to hold the reins and give the aids so that you can give it a try on your own.
Once the horse promptly steps forward, stays straight, and halts, the trainer has achieved quite a bit already. Pretty soon you can successfully turn, trot on, and do serpentines across the whole arena. Of course, horses are individuals and will respond differently. The challenge will be to take each horse’s character into consideration when long reining.
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
Spookiness is part of the natural behavior of horses. For success at competitions as well as for harmonious riding at home, the horse needs to learn to trust his rider and stay relaxed even in unusual or worrisome situations. Uta Gräf shows how she prepares her horses at home in their everyday training to handle such external stimuli.
Duration: 00:13:08 Minutes
This video is an introduction to the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté. The balance of both horse and rider in every gait and every situation are at the core of his training methodology. The accuracy of the rider’s aids are of utmost importance.
Duration: 00:10:59 Minutes
Philippe Karl explains in great detail both the theory and practical application of teaching the horse a good canter transition. He uses a variety of arena figures and lateral work. Interestingly, the French riding master teaches the first flying changes by having the horse change from the true canter into the counter canter. In order to do pirouette work, the horse has to already be able to show a high degree of collection.
Duration: 00:21:19 Minutes
In order to carry the rider’s weight without tension and injury, the horse must lift his back and step under his center of gravity with his hindquarters. Riding a successful halt is the key. The halt arises out of the proper combination and order of seat (weight), leg, and rein aids.
Duration: 00:16:05 Minutes
After introducing the horse to the double bridle from the ground, Philippe Karl utilizes the different effects of the snaffle and the curb bits in the work under the saddle. He uses the so-called Fillis Hold in order to use both reins separately for more exact aiding.
Duration: 00:09:16 Minutes