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Classical Dressage Part 1-4

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Classical Dressage Part 1-4

Karl, Philippe

Philippe Karl was a member of the famous "Cadre Noir" for many years. He is a perfect representative of classical equitation at highest level. In four brilliant films, he demonstrates his profound knowledge and his philosophy of training horses with the necessary ease.

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Medium: DVD-Set
PAL + NTSC, Length of the films: Part 1 - 3 each 46 mins, / Part 4: 57 mins
Language: English/German
Article Number: 488499

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Légèreté - The Philosophy of Ease in 4 videos from Philippe Karl

Philippe Karls philosophy for his training methods are based on understanding the physical and mental conditions of the horse, the ease of the aids and the horses movements.

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.

- Lungeing
- Basics
- Easy in hand
- Aids
- Under the rider
- Lateral Work

Part 2: In the second part of this schooling series, 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 in the canter, which every horse can learn if prepared and trained correctly.

- Canter
- Riding with a double bridle
- Combined lateral work
- Show jumping
- Flying canter changes

Part 3: "Collection makes the horse look like a classical dancer", that's 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 rotation of the horse around its quarters and only a supple and collected horse can manage this air. 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.

- Pirouettes
- Piaffe
- Spanish Walk
- Passage

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). The Légèrete is not only a pleasurable experience for horse and rider but also the kindest and most efficient way to achieve a real collection and an expressive horse both on the flat and over jumps.

Sampaio (6 year old Oldenburger stallion only ridden for 2 years) and Quiela ( 7 year old Luisitano stallion ridden for 3 years), have already been seen in the first 3 parts of this "Classical Dressage series". Now, one year later they both show how they have developed. These films will open new horizons within the actual dressage world by demonstrating how misjudged and misunderstood the most brilliant ancient masters are at present.

Philippe Karl was a member of the famous "Cadre Noir" in France for 13 years. His riding technique is a feast for the eyes. He is also well-known worldwide as a riding instructor, trainer and author. His impressive and perfect classical dressage presentations are treasured all over Europe. In clinics and courses, he presents the knowledge and the aesthetics of the old advanced riders, adapted to modern times.

Additional Info

Redaktion:Gudrun Braun, Camera and Editing: Thomas Vogel
Sprecher:Martin Heckmann

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