Riding Techniques page 2

Distance Selection Process
Will Simpson

Distance Selection Process
Will SimpsonWill Simpson unveils the system he uses every time he jumps a fence to create the distance he wants.

If you liked this video and want to learn more about how to find a distance check out Bernie Traurig’s three part topic Exercises to Develop a Better Eye.

Running Time: 11 minutes and 11 seconds

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-A
Bernie TraurigBernie demonstrates exercises you can incorporate into your flatwork everyday that will work your eye without overworking your horse!

View the next two parts in this series:

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-B
Advanced Exercises to Develop a Better Eye Part 2

Running Time: 19 minutes and 1 second

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-B
Bernie TraurigBernie demonstrates exercises you can incorporate into your flatwork everyday that will work your eye without overworking your horse!

View the first part of this series: Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-A
View the next part of this series: Advanced Exercises to Develop a Better Eye Part 2

Running Time: 18 minutes and 13 seconds

 

Advanced Exercises To Develop A Better Eye: Part 2
Bernie TraurigOnce you’ve developed the ability to see your distances proficiently, you’re ready to fine-tune your eye. In this segment Bernie uses cavalettis and small jumps in exercises that will teach you how to create the perfect take off point in relation to the course.

View the first part of this series:

Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-A
Exercises to Develop a Better Eye: Part 1-B

Running Time: 16 minutes and 59 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

Eye Exercise Tips
Bernie TraurigBernie demonstrates exercises you can incorporate into your flatwork everyday that will work your eye without overworking your horse!

Running Time: 6 minutes and 41 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

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

Flying Changes
Val RenihanIn this topic Val Renihan breaks down the flying change in order to defuse the horse’s nervous anticipation of the flying change. Her exercises produce the relaxed, supple changes needed for winning equitation and hunter rounds.

Running Time: 15 minutes and 13 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

Fundamentals of Flatwork – Part 1 – Basic
Bernie TraurigThe first of the series, this video outlines a simple, progressive method of flatwork for all jumping disciplines. It focuses on the training of a young or inexperienced horse with the aim to achieve obedience to light rein and leg aids, and assumes the rider is familiar with the proper techniques of riding and jumping. But you do not have to be a highly experienced or seasoned rider because Bernie’s strategies are clear, straight-forward, classic and timeless. The Basic level highlights his favorite exercises that can be incorporated into anyone’s training program.

View part 2 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork – Part 2 – Intermediate
View part 3 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork – Part 3 – Advanced

Running Time: 46 minutes and 25 seconds (divided into chapters)

Fundamentals of Flatwork – Part 2 – Intermediate
Bernie TraurigIf you have the Basic level down, you and your horse are ready for more of Bernie’s proven supplemental training techniques. In the Intermediate level, you’ll learn how to put the polish on your performance by blending these potent methods into your everyday training program. You will learn how to build on the fluency with which you and your horse have come to communicate. For most horses, mastering this level will be sufficient to perform well in any show ring.

View part 1 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork – Part 1 – Basic
View part 3 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork – Part 3 – Advanced

Running Time: 59 minutes and 6 seconds (divided into chapters)

Fundamentals of Flatwork – Part 3 – Advanced
Bernie TraurigThe Advanced level further illustrates Bernie’s modern, refined and simplified approach. If your goal is a higher level of performance or to achieve a greater brilliance and quality of gait, this video is for you.

View part 1 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork – Part 1 – Basic
View part 2 of this series: Fundamentals of Flatwork – Part 2 – Intermediate

Running Time: 51 minutes and 16 seconds (divided into chapters).

Fundamental Gymnastic – Helping Horse and Rider with Balance
Mandy PorterThis video demonstrates the use of a gymnastic line to help horse and rider develop balance. This can be very useful to help strengthen areas of weakness in both horse and rider. The degree of difficulty can range from beginner horse or rider through advanced, depending on fence height and distance between the jumps. A good “set of eyes” on the ground is also very important.

Running Time:  9 minutes and 24 seconds

Fundamentals of Flying Changes
Bernie TraurigHere is an in depth look at the building blocks that are required for a perfectly executed flying change. In this topic Bernie breaks down and examines each component of a flying change and demonstrates exercises that will give your horse every opportunity to change leads on cue.

Running Time: 16 minutes and 32 seconds

Gaining Lower Leg Mobility
Bernie TraurigHere’s a simple, but seldom practiced technique to improve lower leg functionality and position. In this topic, Bernie demonstrates an exercise he uses to encourage stability in the tack and to prevent the toppling effect of an improperly placed or weak lower leg.

Running Time: 4 minutes 21 seconds

Getting Secure in your Seat And Legs
Val RenihanVal Renihan introduces exercises she uses to develop the strength and security in the seat and legs of her riders.

Running Time: 10 minutes and 5 seconds

Getting And Keeping The Dull Horse In Front Of Your Leg
Bernie TraurigIs your horse dull to your leg? Are you constantly nagging your horse with your spur? Are there worn patches on your horse’s side from heels that are constantly asking for forward momentum? Bernie has the solution.

Running Time: 15 minutes and 8 seconds

George Morris Teaching And Training The American Way
George MorrisSpend an hour with George Morris and his two demonstration riders, Cynthia Hankins and Darragh Kenny, illustrating the most fundamental aspects of the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System.

This topic is broken down into 14 chapters. Total running time: 58 minutes and 28 seconds.

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