HOW TO START A DRESSAGE HORSE UNDER SADDLE (groundwork)

Joseph talk through working with 3.5 year old Fireball (Finest x Fidertanz). Young horse basics starts with mental connection and works into the understanding of the aids.

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25 Responses

  1. claire mardesich
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    Once again Joseph thank you for an awesome and completely relevant video! I have two seasoned horses that are new to dressage and wow I'm going to start them fresh using your training tips! Fireball is gorgeous and I can't wait for your next video. 💕

  2. Daniela Kalwarowskyj
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    Omg he is sooo gorgeous! And has a fancy bloodline

  3. Jamie H
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    sorry Joseph but those pants are accentuating your, ahem, "lumpy area."

  4. Audrey Breuls
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    Hi Joseph! Could you make a video on improving the trot? To get that really nice bouncy, elastic movement (just working trot, not passage)

  5. Ann McMillan
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    Would love to follow this guy’s progress. How long will it take him to truly relax on the lunge at walk, trot and canter?

  6. Jennifer Fitzpatrick
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    Awesome!! Thank you for sharing some very important insights and inspiration

  7. James Woodard
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    I'm currently working 2 young horses that I started, so this is super helpful. Thanks Joseph 👍

  8. Erica Bliss
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    Perfect timing! I'm doing this exact thing with my baby, down to the reins tucked under the leathers and half mounting process, ha.. Please post more!

  9. Jenifer Rinehart
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    Wow! What a beautiful mover. I love his energy and his ohsokind eye! ❤️

  10. Diane Goodall
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    Lovely to watch how you introduce and communicate new experiences with the horse in a non-threatening manner. Expertly done.
    Fireball’s name does seem to suit him. I think he’s permanently fresh!

  11. Trina Caba
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    Such a lovely young man!!!

  12. Pferdecoach
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    oh now I get nosey about that former stallion with his big neck, respect looks very relaxed now….Dom The Second ?

  13. James Newcomb
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    This is the best! Cool to see the basics with horses in such a natural state of awareness, not knowing what to expect.

  14. Cyndi Figura
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    I am currently preparing my horse for saddle training. Very helpful video! Thanks!

  15. Fiona C
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    You can see his energy….he does have fire doesn’t he. It is so exciting to start a young horse isn’t it!

  16. Kristin Clark
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    He’s so handsome. I’ve missed your training/ daily vlogs/ traveling videos. Thank you for posting!

  17. Angie Gorse
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    Stunning horse. What bits do you use on your young horses?

  18. Bonnie Barto
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    He is gorgeous with very kind eyes.

  19. C C
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    Hi again! Really good vid Joseph. Happy to see you using this format of explaining while you're demonstrating. For the newbies out here especially it makes the process so much easier to understand and apply. Nice for your prospective buyers to see your training methods and thought process and choices to support those methods. Actually everyone no matter the level can always learn a tip or two that maybe they never thought of or used. Thx as always Jess for your part in the vid quality including your lineage knowledge of the horses!! Look forward as always to next time…

  20. cathi cline
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    I would wonder why the stirrups are left loose to bang against the horse’s side. I think that horse is anxious enough without being punished by the stirrups when he is trying to respond to what is being asked of him. Yes, the billet straps are also flapping but they don’t cause pain.

  21. Cindy Noble
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    Love these "progress" videos
    Gorgeous beast🐴🐎

  22. ThePaulahoo1
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    This is an incredible video in every respect! So much education! So much beauty! Perfection! You did it again, Joseph – I loved every minute of this!! Thank you also to Fireball and Jess!

  23. Brandon Szumski
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    Awsome job joseph!!

  24. Edwina Hicks
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    Joseph I love your videos but why have you allowed the stirrups to be flaying around while he is being lunged? It can’t be very nice for him to have stirrups bashing him in the side.

  25. ker bear
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    You tease me with absolutely beautiful horses every single time I watch! 🐎♥️😎

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