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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”.

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Conditioning Work (or Preventing Ring Sourness)

2012-08-13 15:50:58 karl9532
In this article 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.

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Good to Know

2012-08-13 15:50:24 karl9532
In this article Karl discusses the importance of the basics as described by the Old Masters. He then relates the challenges the horse faces in accomplishing these basics to similar challenges faced by the human athlete.

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Teaching the Flying Change

2012-08-13 15:48:02 karl9532
In this invaluable resource for teaching the flying change, Karl outlines important introductory preparations to start early in the training of the horse. He also details the steps necessary to achieve the perfect flying change and describes the most common mistakes made while changing leg position.

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The Curb / Double Bridle

2012-08-13 15:47:11 karl9532
This article discusses at length the importance of preparatory training on the snaffle as well as the complete history, construction and use of the double bridle. An indispensable guide for the preparation and use of the double bridle, it also delves into the three different ways riders may hold the reins.

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To Bend or Not to Bend: That is the Question

2012-08-13 15:45:36 karl9532
Throughout the history of dressage, many books were written in which bending is mentioned in one way or another, yet few subjects have been discussed at more length than the ability of the horse to bend in the spine and ribcage. In this article Karl traces the history of the classical bend and provides a bit of “black board dressage” for those who are theoretically and mathematically inclined.

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Trainer Education

2012-08-13 15:44:22 karl9532
A must read for all dressage trainers, Karl outlines the most important prerequisites of a good trainer and explains how to distinguish oneself from other trainers by setting an example worthy of imitation.

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Weak Leg vs. Strong Leg - Part I

2012-07-25 13:10:44 karl9532
The first of a four part series on this most important subject, Part I – The Basics of One-Sidedness, offers the most thorough explanation of this highly debated phenomenon and provides the first step along the way to fixing this problem. Parts II, III and IV will follow within the near future.

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