My goal is to make the groundwork and the mounted work so similar that there is very little difference aside from carrying the weight of the rider.
This video begins with a review of the cues I will need when riding a very green colt; bending from the ground, bending while moving, voice cues, dressage whip means go forward and bend to stop.
Can you see how Jac is noticeably more relaxed about these exercises than the last time he was videoed?
In this video I do a demonstration of half-way mounting both at the stand still and moving. The biggest reason for this is that half mounted is an easier position to dismount from. I demonstrate how it looks when it all goes as hoped. Then I demonstrate how to do an emergency dismount from this position.
I also show how I like to hold my reins, whip and saddle during the first rides and I explain why.
Can you see how the groundwork and the mounted work are so similar that there is very little difference aside from carrying the weight of the rider?