Tag: long reining


Long Reining: Part 4

4th August

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and today we are talking about long reining. We are on phase four now. Step one is getting the horse to lunge correctly getting the horse to stretch into the contact with the side reins. Step two is having the line over the top of the neck. Step three is having the line around the back of the hind quarters and now we are ready for step four.

The final phase is where we are going to take contact with both reins (Please see video for correct setup). Now we have the horse in a truly ground driving position with direct contact going back to the rings on both sides. Notice there are many rings to choose from, but when we are working with a young horse we want them down on the side …



Long Reining: Part 3

3rd August

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and we are continuing our discussion of long reining.

We have already gone through steps one and two, step one was just lunging the horse and getting the horse to take consistent contact and stretching into the contact with the side reins before we even begin to think about long reining. Remember, we want the horse to be quiet in the mouth before we start taking any pressure against their mouth, that is why we never overly shorten the side reins. Correctly fitted side reins are adjusted so that the horse can still get it’s head up but not get it all the way up. This encourages the horse to stretch into the contact rather than when we see people over tighten the side reins and over tighten the inside side rein thinking they are bending the horse. …



Long Reining: Part 2

3rd August

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and we are continuing with our discussion of long reining.

So the first thing is we have already lunged the horse so she is nice and quiet. We are going to leave the side reins on at first, we leave them on when we are working with a horse when it is their first time in long reins. It gives them a little stabilization and makes it a little less difficult to keep them in the reins and it keeps them from moving their head too much up and down. When you are putting on the long reins you are going to put it on over to the outside, then you are going to walk around to the other side and hook it through the outside lower ring for starters and then hook it …



Long Reining: Part 1

3rd August

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and today we are going to have a lesson on long reining. We have had quite a few comments on our website asking me to do some videos on long reining, so that’s what we are going to do today!

This horse that we are watching in the video is named Claire and she was a horse that had been in pasture for 5 years, basically a green horse that we started training about 3 weeks ago. We started with lunging her. As a prerequisite to long reining you certainly need to have the horse lunging correctly before you even think about starting to long rein. Another consideration here is notice we are in a pen that is completely surrounded. The thing I want to talk about with long reining is it is a very …




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Join me as I post weekly blogs covering many topics relating to Classical Foundation Training. I have intentionally left out the word "dressage" because many people have a negative association with the prevalent "crank and spank" approach or that it is a sport for only those who are afraid to jump.

Dressage as it is meant to be is an understanding of how to best optimize a horse's movement and ability to carry a rider, surely a benefit for any horse, any discipline. It is also important in maintaining your horse's safety, soundness and sanity.

Barb and Perhaps: WDF Foundation Level 1 Test 4

Barb and Perhaps demonstrate the World Dressage Federation Foundation Level 1 Test 4 with Will’s commentary.

Amber and Legolas: WDF Foundation Level 1 Test 6

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the world dressage federation level 1 test 6. Amber and Legolas Demonstrate.

Video Critique: Julie and Barbie Submission 1

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the video sent in by Julie and gives suggestions for further improvement.

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