ST Trainee Instructor Zaneta Georgiades from South Africa in action with Prince Elmelund:
At the moment I am teaching Prince Elmelund collection on the longe line.
This is still ‘work in progress’ but he’s getting better and better.
In our communication I have to wait a little until he’s mentally seen really ready to collect, and sometimes it’s better to go a little bit more forward again first, before going to the utmost possible physical collection to avoid disturbance of the rhythm and to avoid getting too much weight on the front legs.
So by asking him gradually to collect, he’s giving the best possible performance in collection.
Straigthness training consists of a series of exercises, like shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, the half pass and the pirouette, that can be done in the different training components,.
Here you see Prince Elmelund in half pass in the training components work in hand, riding, groundwork and at liberty.
Every straightness training component will add a different dimension to an exercise and all training components strenghten each other.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!
Video with Prince Elmelund doing haunches-in, renvers, half-pass and the pirouette in walk and trot, in hand and at liberty:
The riding is getting better and better:
Also cordeo riding is going nicely: