Dressage explained Part 3: Suppleness through flexion and bend – Dr. Britta Schöffmann
No circle, no volte, not even a corner is ridden without flexion and bend. Why? Firstly, the combination of both, the longitudinal bending increases suppleness from nose to tail and helps correct a horse’s natural crookedness. Secondly, it makes it possible for the horse to stay balanced through the turns when carrying a rider, reduces the loading of the inside foreleg, as well as working his neck and body muscles by alternating between stretching and contracting. Therefore, bending work has an incredible gymnasticizing effect and plays a very important role in maintaining soundness.
Understand and learn in this film:
– how you can apply your aids
– why young horses must be introduced to the concept of flexion and bend
– the effect the flexion and bend aids have
– what happens in the horse’s body when flexing and bending
– what flexion and bend have to do with the diagonal aids
– what you can do when it doesn’t all go to plan
Training dressage horses and riders is Britta Schoeffmann‘s passion. As a former grand prix dressage rider, holder of the German Golden Reitabzeichen, and a PhD in Sports Science, she loves teaching pupils and being able to share her knowledge. Her own riding education was shaped by Masters such as Fritz Tempelmann, Harry Boldt and Klaus Balkenhol. As well as coaching and training dressage riders and horses, she has also successfully authored many highly regarded dressage and riding books, available worldwide. It is especially important to her that dressage riding is seen as a good basis for every rider and every horse, regardless of their training level or the breed of their horse.
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