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Lars Petersen - 6/8/17 - Use of Counter Bend

Lars Petersen helps this GP pair build a solid connection and evenness in the reins through subtle and effective riding. The total running time of this three part video is 37:15.





Video Description

Lars Petersen helps this slightly tense pair warm up, and encourages the rider to ride him forward when he is looky rather than go for long and loose at this point. He asks them to do a little leg yield zig zag to loosen him up behind the saddle. They move on to the canter, and when he throws his head Lars has the rider make herself a little heavier in the saddle rather than pulling, remembering to soften and become lighter when he responds correctly. They also ask for more of a collected, pirouette canter to get him to sit more and then move him forward. When they canter right Lars asks them to be a bit more even in the reins. He asks them to go back to the left canter and Lars points out that when the horse is asked to bend to the left he tosses his head, but in counter bend he’s ok. They work on finding the right amount of bend/counterbend to keep him straight and soft.

Lars Petersen - DEN
Lars Petersen represented Denmark at the pinnacle of competitive dressage for more than 10 years, including at the Olympic Games, two World Equestrian Games, three World Cup Finals, and two Continental Championships. Five time Danish National Champion.