Helen Langenhanenberg rides and demonstrates preparing for canter pirouette work.
Helen Langehanenberg rides a seven year old competing at S level, and we join them after a 10-15 minute walk warm up although he is still quite fresh, making a quiet trot to start with challenging. She concentrates on keeping him forward, into the contact and on the aids. She is looking for him to open his neck and loosen his back. As he relaxes in the canter, she asks for more from behind to prepare him for later work. She makes sure he keeps his uphill tendency even as he stretches down in the canter. They take a walk break and show the extended walk. It is interesting that she allows him to look around as long as he stays on her aids. This is a masterclass in riding a fresh horse through their warm up. Because he is so fresh, she begins her work with some trot canter transitions to gather his attention. Rather than fight the freshness, she uses it as an opportunity to be light in the aids, working towards using it for the collection.