Isabell Werth - World Cup Showcase, Part 2
Next, Isabell works with a 7-year-old Hanoverian gelding on his way to Grand Prix. He immediately shows a long swinging trot and Isabell encourages the rider to work on quicker steps with flexion. As the rider develops this, they perform the trot half pass, and Isabell points out that as the horse becomes more confident in the connection, bending and flexion, the freedom in his back will increase. Isabell has the rider use shoulder in in walk to help the horse seek more connection, giving when he looks for more stretch. They ask him for more overstep in the walk on a long rein with a more open neck, and then carefully pick up the reins and connection and make sure they have a good walk before picking up the canter. Finding the right amount of jump in the canter becomes a prerequisite before going to the canter half pass and the flying change. After a half pass Isabell has them concentrate on getting the jump back into the canter, and then does single changes on the long diagonal. She explains how important it is to have the jump and flexion before attempting the changes.