Dressage in Harmony: From Basic to Grand Prix by Walter Zettl, Paul Schopf

By Walter Zettl, Paul Schopf

Maybe easy methods to introduce this publication to our viewers is to cite Max Gahwyler whilst he learn the e-book while it used to be in manuscript shape: "You needs to submit this. it really is superb!" We agree this can be, really, one in all, if now not the clearest, so much readable books on education dressage ever written. it is simply pleasant! As Egon von Neindorf, a famous grasp himself, says within the Foreword, "If you're not lucky sufficient to study by means of Walter Zettl individually, he provides during this booklet a truly beneficial consultant to the artwork of classical driving. In truly labored out and simple to appreciate chapters, he's taking you thru every one step of the educational phases, discusses difficulties that take place, and assists with useful, brilliant corrections, from newbie to turning into a grasp. With Walter Zettl's assistance, it's made possible."

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Don’t miss the moment when the horse gives in; then the rider should give, too. 4 Collected Canter The collected canter is characterized by the increased flexion of the joints of the hindquarters and the lowering of the croup. The hindquarters take on more of the horse’s weight, consequently lightening the forehand. The elevation of the forehand, including the neck of the horse, should be the result of the collection of the canter, and the horse should look and feel as if he is cantering uphill.

When a horse does this during a dressage test, the judge should be impressed with the horse’s relaxation and confidence. Now you can be softer in the rein contact. Don’t miss the moment when the horse gives in; then the rider should give, too. 4 Collected Canter The collected canter is characterized by the increased flexion of the joints of the hindquarters and the lowering of the croup. The hindquarters take on more of the horse’s weight, consequently lightening the forehand. The elevation of the forehand, including the neck of the horse, should be the result of the collection of the canter, and the horse should look and feel as if he is cantering uphill.

Trained horses should be started in the daily work at the rising trot (after walking on loose reins) in order to get them feeling loose and supple as soon as possible. The rider rises to the trot only in the working trot and medium trot. In general, when trotting during a hack, the rising trot is appropriate. When the rider is stiff and the horse is not giving enough with his back, it is better to use rising trot to make it more inviting for the horse. In the rising trot the rider does not sit every stride, but rather stays up out of the saddle, supporting himself on the knees, inner calves, and stirrups for one stride before gliding back into the saddle with the next stride.

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