One of the most important facets in a dressage horse’s education: the lateral work.

In the fourth part of this series “Dressage explained” Dr Britta Schöffmann, author, judge, trainer and former Grand Prix rider, explains the various lateral movements, showing us how they are ridden and explains why the lateral work should play a part in the training program of every horse of every breed.

Shoulder-fore, shoulder-in, counter shoulder-in, travers, renvers, half pass – they all belong to the lateral movements and, after the basic work has been established, are the next step in the dressage journey. They promote and require collection, improve impulsion and straightness, lead to more freedom of the shoulder and to better self-carriage. Lateral movements ridden correctly and with a light hand encourage your horse to dance.

Learn all about the various lateral movements in this DVD

  • how each lateral movement should look
  • which aids are given-how and when
  • typical problems that may arise
  • why the lateral work can have a positive effect on the quality of the paces
  • how the lateral movements fit into the overall education of your horse

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