Philippe Karl - Classical Dressage Part 1-4 DVD set

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Sada 4 DVD:

-> Part 1: The School of Aids

-> Part 2: The School of Gymnastics

-> Part 3: The School of Dance

-> Part 4: Training progress “One Year Later”

Part 1: It is fundamental that the aids are taught clearly before the horse begins to do any gymnastic work. Complete flexibility of the neck is essential for the neck extension and flexion of the poll. An introduction to training on two tracks completes the first part of this schooling series.

Part 2: Philippe Karl presents additional gymnastic exercises, which continue to further the horses training. He introduces the double bridle as an important aid for advanced gymnastic exercises. Through combined lateral work, shoulder-in, counter shoulder-in, travers and renvers, the balance, suppleness and mobility of the horses are trained and established, resulting in a straight horse or a “saddle horse”. Jumping on the lunge and under the rider is part of the basic training of a horse, as well as flying changes, which every horse can learn if prepared and trained correctly.

Part 3: “Collection makes the horse look like a classical dancer”, this is Philippe Karl’s aim. In this third step of training Philippe uses the gymnastic exercises as previously demonstrated, to improve collection. Passage, pirouette and piaffe are the peaks of collection. A pirouette is the utmost turning of the horse around its quarters and only a supple and collected horse can manage this movement. The Spanish Walk is not only an exercise in preparation for the passage, but also a useful movement to improve the mobility of the shoulder and help further the union between rider and horse.

Part 4: Training Progress: One year later Philippe Karl now presents his “Ecole de Légèrete” organisation chart. His training philosophy is inspired by the most accomplished masters (la Gueriniere, Baucher, Beudant, L’Hotte etc) and founded on an absolute respect of the horse. Basic knowledge of anatomy, motion, balance and psychology enables the rider to get the best from any horse without using force or constraint systems (side reins, running reins etc).

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