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06/13/13 - Catherine Haddad - Windhorse Coming Five
Catherine Haddad shows a training session with her assistant trainer, Austin, and Windhorse, a coming five year old with Grand Prix potential.
Part 1: Catherine Haddad instructs her assistant trainer, Austin, on a coming five year old with great trainability. Catherine explains that at this stage he needs to warm up with his neck low and round, and that will change with his development. She describes the essential elements that she uses in the warm up with all of her horses. She explains how this horse has great potential for Grand Prix as opposed to the Materiale classes. Even this youngster works at the counter canter maintaining his length of stride even on the short side.
Part 2: At this point they open the frame slightly to allow the horse to learn to carry himself. After a medium canter and transitions within the canter on a twenty meter circle, they do shallow canter half pass. Catherine explains the progression of the training with this very talented four year old. They finish this segment with the start of collection at the trot.
Part 3: By asking the rider to ask the horse to lean back, he raises his withers and front end. At this young stage in his life, they don’t ask for perfection but correctness, and he shows them he has the potential for much more. Catherine explains what to do with a horse that is falling in on the trot half pass alternating with the trot shoulder in.
Catherine Haddad, a member of the US Team many times over, World Cup, WEG, Olympic Trials competitor. Catherine currently lives and trains out of her farm in Vechta, Germany. Catherine is an all time DTO favorite and has a detailed and articulate communic read full bio