A schooling series of four DVDs produced by Thomas Vogel, Pferdia TV, available in German, English, Italian and French.
Philippe Karl's philosophy of Légèreté was inspired by riding masters such as La Guérinière, Baucher, Beudant, or L'Hotte. It is founded on the absolute respect of the horse. His personal “training scale of Légèreté” shows a logical and practical way of schooling horses systematically and without force or constraining instruments (side reins, running reins etc.). In combination with a thorough knowledge of anatomy, motion, balance and psychology, it enables the rider to get the best from any horse.
The video series “Classical Dressage” opens new horizons within the actual dressage world and demonstrates how misjudged and misunderstood the most brilliant ancient masters are today.
Part 1, The School of Aids: 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.
- Light in hand
- Under the rider
- Lateral Work
Part 2, The School of Gymnastics: In the second part of this schooling series, Philippe Karl presents additional gymnastic exercises, which continue to further the horse's training. He introduces the double bridle as an important aid for advanced 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. Jumping at 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.
- Riding with a double bridle
- Combined lateral work
- Show jumping
- Flying changes
Part 3, The School of Dance: “Collection makes the horse look like a classical dancer” – that is Philippe Karl's aim. In this third step of the training, Philippe uses the gymnastic exercises shown on the previous videos to improve collection. Only a supple and collected horse can manage a pirouette in walk or canter. Passage, pirouette and piaffe are the crowning exercises of collection. The Spanish Walk is not only an exercise to prepare the passage, but also a useful movement to improve the mobility of the shoulders and help further the complicity of horse and rider.
- Spanish walk
Part 4, Training progress one year later:
Sampaio (6-year-old Oldenburger stallion ridden for two years) and Quiela (7-year-old Lusitano stallion ridden for three years), already participated in the first three parts of this “Classical Dressage” series. One year later, they both show the progress they have made.