Collections & Packages

The training collection offered on this website is the most extensive presentation in words and diagrams of this knowledge previously passed on in large part only by “word of mouth”.

Because of the many requests we’ve had, Karl Mikolka Dressage is now offering bundles and collections of related PDFs at a discounted rate.

If you would like to learn more about a specific riding issue or technique, use the search at the top of the right column to find the articles and exercises that are related to your subject of interest, then click the title to read a product description or view the “Add to Cart” button to make a purchase.

Watch for new collections as offerings may be updated on a regular basis.

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Due to the informational nature of the PDFs for sale on this site, there are no refunds.


Article & Exercise Packages

Flying Change Package

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From the Articles Series – A Few Pointers Regarding the Teaching of Flying Changes
From the Exercises Series –
The Figure 8 Within a 20-Meter Circle

A Few Pointers Regarding the Teaching of Flying Changes details how to avoid set-backs by learning time proven, effective preparations and aid sequences for flying changes. The article illustrates the steps for proper timing and methods for how to execute the perfect change. The companion exercise, The Figure 8 Within a 20-Meter Circle, not only provides excellent preparation for those horses training the flying change, but also will enhance the horse’s flexibility and agility.

$16.95. A $21.90 value.
Downloadable PDF. 9 pages.
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Conditioning Work Package

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Includes:
From the Articles Series – Conditioning Work (Or Preventing Ring Sourness)
From the Exercises Series –
A Conditioning Exercise in the Rising Trot

In the article portion of this collection Karl poses the question so often pondered by all riders…“What is the best way to condition the dressage horse without over-straining or making him ring sour?” He continues to outline a diverse, carefully-paced regimen of ten steps, proven successful at both the Spanish Riding School and throughout his decades of training and riding many horses. He couples this with A Conditioning Exercise in the Rising Trot. This exercise provides an excellent method to bring horses into good working shape and also teaches them to become masters of turning and skilled in transitions.

$15.95. A $25.90 value.
Downloadable PDF. 10 pages.
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Article Collections

The Double Bridle Collection

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Includes:
The Double Bridle Myth
Interesting Facts About the Double Bridle
Several Ways to Hold the Reins
The Double Bridle (“The Curb”)

This collection of articles speaks to a wide array of topics regarding the use and misuse of the double bridle. Karl outlines in detail the interrelationship between the snaffle and the curb and describes various arrangements for holding the reins. He also discusses at length the proper fitting of the curb according to the horse’s acceptance to the bit and related physical factors and its proper use along with the snaffle throughout a variety of gymnastic exercises. This collection is a must read for those considering the use of the double bridle.

$27.95.
Downloadable PDF. 10 pages.
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Exercise Collections

Preparation for Flying Changes 'a Tempo' Collection

2013-06-14 11:54:06 karl9532
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Includes:
Preparation for Flying Changes ‘a Tempo’ – Chart I
Preparation for Flying Changes ‘a Tempo’ – Chart II
Preparation for Flying Changes ‘a Tempo’ – Chart III

An absolute must for those practicing the flying changes these three, progressive exercises will provide horse and rider with the appropriate preparedness for the execution of proper change ‘a Tempo.’
New to the website and not previously offered for sale is Chart III of this collection. This exercise is the most advanced and primarily dedicated to those horses training second, third, fourth and FEI levels.

$27.95.
Downloadable PDF. 9 pages.
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Proper Execution of the Volte Collection

2013-06-14 11:48:34 karl9532
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Includes:
The Volte – Chart I
The Volte – Chart II

Correct execution of the volte as outlined in these patterns takes even the best horse and rider years and even a lifetime commitment before perfection is achieved. Correct bending must be performed with utmost precision since equal to bending towards the inside of the horse’s body, is the stretching of the outside. These two charts carefully illustrate the perfect position for the classically executed bend.

$18.95.
Downloadable PDF. 6 pages.
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Shoulder-In Collection

2013-06-14 11:33:47 karl9532
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Includes:
Training for the Shoulder-In
Off the Wall Training of the Shoulder-In
Working the Horse Off the Wall

The classically ridden shoulder-in provides the horse with the best foundation for gradually finding the transitions from horizontal balance to moving more on the haunches – or with “collection.” Often considered one of the most difficult movements to execute properly, these three exercise provide a thorough basis for preparing and teaching the horse the shoulder-in. Both simple and advanced patterns are offered.

$21.95. A $26.85 value.
Downloadable PDF. 9 pages.
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Gymnastics Patterns Collection

2013-06-14 11:24:31 karl9532
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Includes:
Perfecting the Circle
Enlarging and Diminishing the Circle – One Tangent, Three Different Size Circles
Figure 8s
An Excellent Test of Obedience Off the Rider’s Inner Leg

These four exercises provide the basis for success at any level. Executed to perfection, riders become more correct and focused while horses become more obedient, flexible and move with improved agility and balance. They may be practiced as a relaxing intermission between higher level movements or as schooling exercises for the lower level horse and rider.

$18.95. A $23.80 value.
Downloadable PDF. 7 pages.
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Turn on the Forehand in Motion Collection

2013-06-14 11:19:12 karl9532
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Includes:
Turn on the Forehand in Motion Method 1
Turn on the Forehand in Motion Method 2

Appropriate for all levels of horses, in these companion exercises Karl illustrates how to introduce your horse to the turn on the forehand in motion. This is the perfect way to teach the horse to relax in the shoulders, hips and belly and teaches them respect for corners along with the rider’s influence.

$14.95. A $17.90 value.
Downloadable PDF. 7 pages.
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Legal Notice

All of the publications on this site, as well as the site’s contents, are ©2013 Karl Mikolka. All rights reserved. You may not copy, reproduce, republish, sell or distribute in any way any of the materials on this web site or the downloadable publications without written permission.

Due to the informational nature of the PDFs for sale on this site, there are no refunds.