Helen Langehanenberg rides Reliance in a masterful demonstration of the preparation work necessary for collection. The total running time of this two part video is 30:00.
This time Helen rides Reliance, an 8 year old gelding who is a solid S level horse. Helen first looks for relaxation as she warms up with stretching forward and downward and push from behind. Because he is so relaxed she can begin to add transitions within the trot. In the canter she looks for the stretching and contact with an uphill tendency. She shows a beautiful example of this stretch at the canter, and how well he stretches at the trot on a loose rein after this correct work. When she picks him up after a walk break, she notes it is important that he wants to move forward off her weight aid willingly. She first looks for him to be uphill in self carriage, and then plays with the canter stride. Her first exercise is to go from shoulder in to haunches in without losing the contact. The half pass to flying change is next.