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.
Further videos in this series:
Working with long reins part 1: Equipment & preparatory exercises for the horse
Working with long reins part 2: Reinsetting & first long reining exercises
Working with long reins part 4: Canter work
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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 basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.
Duration: 16:26 Minutes
The successful halt is the key to good riding and based on the aids coming together correctly. There is hardly any other exercise that is applied so often yet with so little sureness and knowledge.
Duration: 16:05 Minutes
Supported by her mentor Major Paul Stecken we watch as Ingrid Klimke works the 4-year-old Trakhener mare, Eternity, following classical training methods to improve impulsion. We can also watch the result of beautifully correct training as Eternity takes part in her first competition.
Duration: 20:01 Minutes
The desire of the horse to go forward, combined with bending the hindquarters is the basis of a good piaffe. Philippe Karl uses various exercises to teach his horses the piaffe and bring them into perfect balance. Every horse can learn to passage correctly when one sensitively combines the Spanish walk with the trot, something the world-renowned trainer has seen continually happen over the years.
Duration: 21:17 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: 10:44 Minutes