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A Lunge Lesson
Val Renihan

A Lunge Lesson
Val RenihanOne of the best places to focus on the rider is on the lunge line. This video includes and intro by Bernie Traurig who is a big believer in this exercise. Val Renihan explains the many benefits that are achieved with this type of lesson, including enhancing the rider’s feel, strength and flexibility.  She incorporates different exercises that increase the rider’s stability in the tack, encourage the independence of the arms and seat, and build suppleness and core strength.Running Time: 15 minutes and 15 seconds
Advanced Equitation: Changing the Bend in the Counter Canter
Bernie TraurigA common ride-off test in advanced equitation classes involves turning to a jump on the counter lead. This becomes a problem if your horse is overly bent to the outside in order to maintain the counter canter because there is no chance to get his eye on the jump. If a slight change of bend causes your horse to swap leads when zeroing in on the jump, you are also in trouble. To answer this question on course, the horse must be trained to maintain the counter lead while simultaneously changing the bend to the inside. In this video, Bernie teaches a sensitive horse how to achieve this.Running Time: 5 minutes and 53 seconds
Air Time – Getting Tight In The Tack Over Jumps With Zazou Hoffman
Bernie Traurig & Zazou HoffmanMaintaining a secure balance with your horse over the fence is crucial. In this video Bernie outlines a series of exercises designed to improve your balance & security in the tack – beautifully demonstrated by Maclay winner, Zazou Hoffman.Running Time: 12 minutes and 47 seconds
An Exercise To Perfect The Automatic Release
Bernie TraurigA great way to get off the neck for balance and move from the crest release to connection with the mouth, or the “Automatic Release.”Running Time: 12 minutes and 7 seconds
Application of the Aids
Julie WinkelJulie Winkel talks about the system she teaches for applying aids that produces seamless transitions and invisible, harmonious communication between rider & horse.Running Time: 17 minutes and 37 seconds
Balance in the Stirrups: The Half-Seat
Bernie TraurigThe Half-Seat is the cornerstone of the American Forward Riding System. In this topic Bernie reiterates just how essential it is to perfect this position.Running Time: 7 minutes and 58 seconds
Bending Lines
Team KarazissisKost and Jenny discuss and demonstrate your many options when it comes to correctly navigating bending lines.If you liked this video and want to learn more about perfecting a bending line, check out Missy Clark’s topic Landing the Lead for Seamless Bending Lines. Running Time:  17 minutes and 23 seconds
Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 1
Bernie TraurigIn Part 1 of Building Blocks to a Great Position, Bernie Traurig starts with proper leg position as a basis for a solid foundation in the tack. With demonstrations by his daughter, Natasha, this video outlines exercises that enhance proper techniques.Other videos in this series:Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 2
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 3
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 4
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 5

Running Time: 19 minutes and 57 seconds

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 2
Bernie TraurigIn Part 2 of Building Blocks to a Great Position, Bernie Traurig continues his progressive system to develop a solid foundation for jumping disciplines. With demonstrations by his daughter, Natasha, this video outlines exercises that enhance proper techniques.Other videos in this series:Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 1
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 3
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 4
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 5

Link to Referenced Video:
RANGE OF MOTION EXERCISE WITH INTRODUCTION BY GEORGE MORRIS
Running Time: 11 minutes and 43  seconds

Building Blocks To A Great Position: Part 3
Bernie TraurigIn Part 3 of Building Blocks to a Great Position, Bernie Traurig continues his progressive system to develop a solid foundation for jumping disciplines. With demonstrations by his daughter, Natasha, this video outlines exercises that enhance proper techniques.Other videos in this series:Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 1
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 2
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 4
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 5

Running Time: 10 minutes and 24 seconds

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 4 Jumping Phase with Zazou Hoffman
Bernie Traurig & Zazou HoffmanBernie teams up with Maclay winner, Zazou Hoffman to illustrate his progressive system to develop a solid position for all jumping disciplines. This video outlines exercises that enhance proper techniques over fences, highlighting connection with your release over the jump.Other videos in this series:Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 1
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 2
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 3
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 5

Running Time:  17 minutes and 35  seconds

Building Blocks to a Great Position: Part 5 To Sit or Not to Sit
Bernie TraurigBernie discusses all the different seats one uses on course and where they apply with show ring footage from some of the best Hunter, Jumper & Equitation Riders.Other videos in this series:Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 1
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 2
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 3
Building Blocks to a Great Position Part 4

Running Time 8 minutes and 53 seconds

Circle Exercise
Val RenihanTop equitation, hunter and jumper trainer, Val Renihan, has an exercise to hone the rider’s accuracy while reinforcing the horseʼs adjustability and responsiveness to the aids.Running Time: 9 minutes and 14 seconds
Counter Canter Over Fences
Stacia MaddenThe counter canter is a common, but challenging test asked of competitors in most equitation and medal classes. As an added benefit, the counter canter is a wonderful exercise for balance and timing. Join Stacia Madden and two of her top students during a counter canter training session over fences that results in the polished performance of both the horse and rider.Running Time: 21 minutes and 4 seconds
Developing Feeling In Your Arms And Hands
Val RenihanIn this topic Val Renihan shows us the exercises she uses with her students to encourage arms & hands that are flexible, shock-absorbers that follow the horse’s mouth during connection, maintain proper position and are sensitive – in a word, “Feeling.”Running Time: 9 minutes and 26 seconds
Figure Eight Exercise
Missy ClarkWith demonstrations by Grand Prix rider, Darragh Kenny, and Medal & Maclay winner, Hayley Barnhill, Missy introduces her figure eight exercise that helps to develop the rider’s eye and control, while improving the horse’s rideability and jump.Running Time: 8 minutes and 1 second
The Formula for Dialed In Corner Jumps
Bernie TraurigFinally, a formula to meet that pesky corner jump! In this topic Bernie outlines his strategies for creating the right distance and track that will set you up for a line.Running Time: 10 minutes and 53 seconds 
Exercises To Increase Heel Depth
Bernie Traurig“Put your heels down…” this is one of the first things every rider is taught because it is so essential to proper position and effective riding. In this topic, Bernie focuses on ways to increase and maintain deep heels every day.Running Time: 6 minutes and 32 seconds

Fine-Tuning Downward Transitions & Trot Fences
Missy ClarkMissy reveals the exercise that she uses to make both her equitation horses and jumpers comfortable with downward transitions and trot fences. Missy has designed a drill that, with practice, will lead to the mastery of this sophisticated test that often appears in equitation classes.Running Time: 11 minutes and 18 seconds
Form Follows Function
Cynthia HankinsTop trainer, rider, judge and clinician, Cynthia Hankins, shares with us her insight into some of the common bad habits riders inadvertently acquire. In addition to pointing out these habitual position flaws, Cynthia demonstrates the correct, classical form stamped by the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System.Running Time: 26 minutes and 18 seconds
Form Follows Function Over Fences
Cynthia HankinsIn this topic, the second in a series, Cynthia Hankins, shares with us her insight into some of the common bad habits riders inadvertently acquire – this time over fences. In addition to pointing out these habitual position flaws, Cynthia demonstrates the correct, classical form stamped by the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System. Make sure to watch Cynthia’s first video in this series, Form Follows Function.Running Time: 13 minutes and 18 seconds
Developing Good Hands
Bernie TraurigIn this topic Bernie discusses the vital role good hands play in the communication between rider and horse. Tactful, sensitive hands that are used with feeling can be developed using the exercises Bernie presents here.Running Time: 11 minutes and 10 seconds
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