Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz presents a training session with a spectacular five year old Lusitano stallion with a great future in the top levels of dressage. The total running time of this two part video is 34:00.
Juan Manuel rides a five year old Lusitano stallion from Brazil, showing us his training session starting with a relaxed walk. As they go to the trot, he works on acceptance of the contact with his neck more forward. He keeps a straight line, maintaining the rhythm and asks him to accept the hands with contact, and offers a stretch. He gives a great demonstration of the frame needed in the trot in the warm up. In the canter the stallion isn't accepting the leg, so Juan Manuel describes the exercises he uses to improve the canter. He repeats the exercises to the other side. They begin the working session with trot and then canter, always making sure to keep the forward momentum. He does some shoulder in at the trot and talks about how important it is to keep the rhythm and attitude without too strong of a contact.
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Juan Manuel talks about the importance of using the short sides to show the horse at their best to the judge, and how important it is to keep the horse forward. They do haunches in at the trot and then move across the diagonal without too much bend. They return to the canter after a walk break, and he sometimes goes in a light seat to allow his back to be freer. He explains how it will be easy to collect him once he gets him forward, and how at this stage he allows more freedom in the canter. He shows a beautiful extension in the trot, demonstrating his talent. He works a trot serpentine, circling when he has problems. Juan then asks for a haunches in to counter act his tendency to throw his haunches out. After a half pass he stretches him out to relax to the extent he doesn't pull on the reins. A free, soft, light canter ends the work session.
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