Uta Graf's Effortless Dressage Program: Developing a Sincere, Sound, and Steady Partnership with Your Horse

Uta Graf's Effortless Dressage Program: Developing a Sincere, Sound, and Steady Partnership with Your Horse


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Uta Graf's Effortless Dressage Program: Developing a Sincere, Sound, and Steady Partnership with Your Horse by Uta Graf, Friederike Heidenhof

At last the dressage world has a sensible means of reconciling classical idealism with show-ring aspirations! Uta Gräf has made a name for herself as a trailblazer in the international dressage scene, advocating for a method of combining the highest levels of performance with natural horse care and conscientious training. The system she uses has proven to turn talented prospects into happy athletes, while transforming “not-so-perfect” dressage horses into willing and able partners.

In these pages, Gräf shares her schooling exercises, as well as the techniques she uses to incorporate groundwork, long-lining, trail riding, creative play, bombproofing, and turnout in her training program. The result is dressage that makes reaching your riding goals look and seem easy—even effortless—while ensuring a healthy, contented horse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570767722
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Publication date: 12/13/2016
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,073,753
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Uta Gräf twice won the coveted Stensbeck Award from the German National Federation for showing great promise as a rider, teacher, and trainer, completing her early training with renowned Dutch Olympic medalist Ellen Bontje and German coach Conrad Schumacher. She and her partner Stefan Schneider then established their training facility Gut Rothenkircherhof in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany, in 1999 and have trained horses from youngsters to Grand Prix ever since.

In 2004, Gräf competed at the German Championships and won the bronze medal behind well-known German team riders Hubertus Schmidt and Rudolf Zeilinger. For several years she has coached the German Paralympic Dressage Team, including Paralympic champion Britta Näpel and World Champion Dr. Angelika Trabert. Gräf’s Holsteiner stallion, Le Noir, propelled her into the limelight with tremendous success at Grand Prix and high scores at the most prestigious international dressage competitions, including Wiesbaden and Aachen. With her cheerful nature and wild hair, Gräf’s signature at competitions, clinics, and demonstrations is her beautifully ridden, content, and satisfied horses, gaining respect worldwide. The dressage scene—often perceived as strict and very serious—seems to find her, and her horses, refreshingly different!

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Uta Gräf's Philosophy xi

A Principle for All Disciplines xiii

Our Horses at Home xv

Effortless-But How?: The Independent Horse xxii

The "Psycho" Horse 1

Balance and Body Awareness for the Horse 5

Allow and Encourage Independence 6

Let the Horse Think Things Through! 11

Guest Contributor: Ingrid Klimke

What I Have Learned from Uta Gräf 14

Crookedness 15

Eager, but Not Rushing 19

Poll Up-Nose in Front of the Vertical 25

Allow the Horse to Work Under You 34

Less Is More 35

A Question of Timing 39

Contributions from Christoph Hess Hannalore Brenner Britta Napel Dr. Angelika Trabert

Strategy of the Soft Voice 39

Learn from the Para-Equestrians 40

Nine Steps to Drinking Coffee 45

More Expression Through Suppleness 50

Easygoing without Tension 51

Relax, Even When It Is Difficult 53

How Do I Get My Horse in Front of the Leg? 56

Don't Worry about "Inverting"! 58

Fix a Problem without Tensing Up 62

Experiences from Our Daily Training 63

Narrow or Rolled Over-What to Do? 64

The Stretch-How Do I Do It? 66

Tight in the Poll: What to Do? 72

The Overeager Horse 75

The Horse "Drinks Coffee," The Rider Slogs On 78

Bodybuilding for Your Horse 81

When the Horse Rushes Off 85

How Do I Improve the Bend? 87

Oversensitive and Spooky? The Thing about the jungle 90

Tips and Tricks from Experts-Our Treasure Trove 93

Trouble-Free Interaction: The Brave Horse 96

Danger Is Looming! 97

Young Horses: Partners from the Beginning 98

Natural Horsemanship-An Interview with Pat Parelli 100

Our Program for Initial Ground Education and Desensitizing 102

"Easygoing" with Groundwork and Trail Course 112

Longeing Helps Correct Issues 113

Work with Long Lines 115

A Question of Horse Care 120

Outside in Wind and Weather 121

Turnout and Social Contact 125

The Cool Rider: Effortless Riding Starts in Your Head! 128

The "Psycho" Rider 129

What Is Talent? 130

Mental Training Helps! 133

Work with Mental Images 139

The Courage to Be Lazy 142

Just Breathe Deeply 144

What Fits? About Human and Horse Types 145

Easygoing Through the Test: Effortless Riding, Even in Competition 150

The Relaxed Way to Success 151

Let the Horse Think Things Through-Even in the Arena 152

Resilience-The Secret to Emotional Strength 154

Emergency Measures in the Test 156

The Finale: Effortless and Effective-Has the Goal Been Reached? 160

Dino: Sniffing at St. George 161

"Daily Soap" with Helios! 162

Dj: On the Way to the Class of Kings 163

Dandelion: All Issues Gone! 164

The High Point: Le Noir Wins Hearts 165

Acknowledgments 167

"Treasure Trove" 170

Index 172

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