|THE GERMAN SYSTEM|
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|The Most Fundamental Principle For Training A Horse Is The Training Tree:
All steps and strides travel at equal time and length
Inner relaxation of the mind, outer relaxation of the body
The horse accepting a soft, supple and steady contact on both reins
Due to the steady contact, a moving back is possible and freeing up the hindquarters
Hind legs stepping in the tracks of the front legs especially in turns and on bend lines
Hind legs stepping underneath and carrying most of the horse and riders weight by not losing activity in the hindquartes. the horse will be able to elevate his forehand more as the haunches get stronger
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|General Training Agenda:
Points 1-3 Should be established in the first year and confirmed in the second year of training.
Points 4-6 Should be established in the following 1-2 years of training.
The Training Process:
After the 3 or 4 year old horse has accepted the gear as well as the rider mount, we then establish a steady RHYTHM in the walk, trot, and canter. This allows the horse to RELAX and the horse will start to willingly accept the riders aids. With the active forward stepping hindquarters, the horse will stretch into the steady soft CONTACT (Riding the horse from the Back to the Front ) which will especially supple his top line muscles and we gain access to the hindquarters. Rhythm, Relaxation and Contact is the absolute needed foundation of the young horse, this also needs to be established at every training session before you move on.
Through more engagement of the hindquarters we will get more IMPULSION. (Schwung ) The back will start to move better and the horse will start to become stronger especially through his back and hindquarters which in combination with STRAIGHTNESS will collect the horse more over time.
COLLECTION is maintained with an active hind leg ( Stepping more underneath himself, putting more weight on the hindlegs, and balancing his own weight and the riders weight more on his haunches ).
The Natural balance of 55% - 45% front to back will reverse to about 55% of the total weight carried with the haunches and only about 45% on the horses forehand.
Because of the strong and active hindquarters and an active strong back, the horse will not only carry his rider with more ease but is also able to perform all the movements with ease as well.