Isabell Werth in a session from the Dressage Showcase presented during the World Cup event in Omaha, Nebraska. - Part 1
DressageTrainingOnline.com is thrilled to present Isabell Werth, winner of the 2017 World Cup Finals, in a session from the Dressage Showcase presented during the World Cup event in Omaha, Nebraska. Isabell coaches three demo riders through the training and movements appropriate for a young horse headed for Grand Prix. Isabell first works with a five year old stallion, beginning by explaining that they first look for a horse with three good gaits with no weaknesses in any gait. They have to have a good mind, a willingness to work and go and elasticity, as well as freedom in the shoulder. In the walk they look for overstep and whether he maintains the rhythm of the walk even through the corners. As they move to the trot, Isabell points out that swing is needed, and that each horse will need to be worked according to their age and level. She has them ride shoulder in on the long side, and take care when riding corners to use the inside leg to outside rein. After a few trot leg yields they work on the canter with an emphasis on keeping the jump. They use counter flexion to increase suppleness, and add a few collected steps of canter on the circle. The session ends with a stretchy trot.