Working with long reins part 3: Lateral work, collecting and Spanish walk



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When it comes to gymnasticizing the horse, lateral work - whether it is while working with the long reins or under the saddle – is a very important part of the training. Lateral mobilization helps the horse become balanced, flexible in body and mind and improves the ability for collection.

In the same way that the training of the lateral work under the rider plays a big role in gymnasticizing the horse, so too does the same work in the long reins. Lateral mobilization helps the horse become balanced, flexible in body and mind and improves the ability for collection. Saskia Gunzer shows us how the shoulder-in, travers and half pass is achieved, explains how the reins are used in each movement and give tips for common problems.

In addition to those classical lateral exercises, piaffe and passage can also be trained with the long reins. The Spanish walk – which is often referred to as a circus trick can also be a helpful gymnasticizing exercise. In fact, it helps to increase the freedom of the shoulder and therefore, the movement potential of the horse.

You will learn in this video:

  • The correct position for you and your hands while doing lateral work on the long reins
  • How to ask a horse for shoulder-in and what to do if it doesn’t go to plan
  • How Saskia trains the Spanish walk first beside the horse

Further videos in this series: 

Saskia Gunzer

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. 

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