Basic Training of the Horse and Rider the German Training Scale
The pre-requisite for good and harmonious riding is, in addition to the correct seat and application of the aids, the rider’s sensitive influence over the horse.
To achieve this, the rider must have a thorough understanding of the basic principles of dressage. In this, the third volume of the FN training series, the basic dressage training is explained. It is not the riding of individual movements, but rather the overall basic knowledge which is necessary not only for dressage but also for all other equestrian disciplines.
This video is divided into four separate segments. This makes it possible to view the “Pre-Requisites”, the “Training Scale”, the “Structure of a Training Session” and the “Basic Exercises” as a separate theme and to use each as a specific training aid. Enlarged photos, super-slow-motion and graphic depiction of the footfalls highlight the key factors in the rider’s training for dressage.
Admittedly when anyone hears the name German Equestrian Federation, best known in its abbreviated form of FN (Fédération Equestre Nationale), the official federation for equestrian sport and breeding in Germany, the first thing which comes to mind is that this is the body responsible for organising competitive equestrian sport here in Germany. And indeed competitive sport and the promotion of top-level sport constitutes a large proportion of the FN’s work. Responsible for promotion of top-level sport is the FN-associated German Olympic Equestrian Committee (DOKR) together with the equestrian section of the BLZ, short for “Bundesleistungszentrum” (centre to train and support talented riders), all of which are located in Warendorf in the Münsterland area of Germany.
Every year 4,500 riders, drivers, vaulters, judges, trainers and horse show officials – as well as over 3,000 horses participate in training organised by the DOKR and BLZ. But competitive sport below the top level also constitutes an important area of the FN’s work.
Runtime: approx. 40 minutes
Book Title: Dressage – The Scale of Training
Author: German Equestrian Federation
Author Notes: The FN – much more than a sport federation exclusively for competition riders.