When we dream of a perfect dressage horse, we might imagine one that exhibits lovely, elevated movements, aims to anticipate the rider's thoughts, and it seems to glide through the arena as if by magic. But how to accomplish this goal with the horse we already have?
A sound and careful basic training is the most important foundation for any horse's successful development. In this DVD, Anja Beran and her team show how they work with young horses to find "magic." Following proper work on the longe line and a careful start under the saddle, Beran demonstrates how first the steps of lateral movement lead quite naturally to the first steps of collection.The Elegant Dressage Training series aims to develop and create a better understanding of how the use of appropriate methods, adapted to the horse's needs, contributes substantially to the horse's mental and physical health. In this DVD, Dr. Matilda Holmer-Rattenhuber explains bio-mechanical aspects of dressage training and horses.
About the Author
Anja Beran spent a major part of her childhood at her grandfather’s hunting lodge in Bavaria, surrounded by hunting dogs and horses. There she decided she would one day either be a forester or a professional rider. Beran ultimately chose riding as her life’s work. Horses brought her to Portugal in 1985, where she initially rode with Luis Valenca, and later met and worked intensively with Manuel Jorge de Oliveira, who remains her mentor. At home in Germany, she spent 16 years under the tutelage of Marc de Broissia, training horses of all breeds before eventually managing and running Gut Rosenhof, an astoundingly beautiful mountain farm and training facility in Rudratsried, Bayern, Germany. Horses are now sent from all over the world to work with her and her outstanding staff—at Gut Rosenhof, every horse is allowed to develop at his own individual speed, gently, and with great care for the classical ideal of true horse and rider harmony.