Horses do not think like people but rather react to what they notice and feel in the moment. As riders, we need to remind ourselves of this frequently. In order to ride fluid transitions between and within gaits, the rider must be able to coordinate the aids accurately.
Having explained the technical aspects in the first part of this course “The Successful Halt Part 1: Technique and Feeling”, Reinhart Koblitz now demonstrates in practical terms what it means to ride the horse back to front. Proper preparation and the correct order of the aids are essential for riding transitions. Whether from the walk, trot, or canter, in order to ride correct half halts and halts, the rider must learn to keep his horse on the seat and leg and develop a feel for the right amount and timing of the aids.
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In this video series, you can follow Ingrid Klimke as she trains the young gelding Just Paul over a period of two years. Even if today’s dressage training conditions aren’t optimal, they present an opportunity to familiarize the young horse with such new situations. Have a look to see how the Olympic champion masters this task.
Duration: 00:10:07 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
Lateral movements are of great importance when it comes to gymnasticizing the horse. Shoulder-in, travers, renvers and counter shoulder-in, as well as fluidly transitioning from one to another result in a chance to play with the balance of the horse. Well executed, those movements lead to an increase in flexibility, suppleness and a prompt reaction to the aids of the rider.
Duration: 00:10:44 Minutes
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
The desire of the horse to go forward, along with the ability to lower the haunches, are the prerequisites for a good piaffe. Philippe Karl uses a variety of exercises to develop the piaffe with his horses and to enable them to work in perfect balance. The renowned French master has shown time and again that any horse can learn to do a good passage when we sensibly combine the Spanish walk and the trot.
Duration: 00:21:17 Minutes