Philippe Karl and the School of Légèreté

Philippe Karl and his horse High Noon at the horse fair "Hanse-Pferd" in Hamburg.
Philippe Karl and his horse High Noon at the horse fair "Hanse-Pferd" in Hamburg.

Riding according to the principles of the Légèreté made an immense difference to me in the way I nowadays understand the anatomy, biomechanics and psychology of horses. Having this knowledge enables me to create my training more effectively and individually.

I like to call it also "Yoga for horses".

Lara Weidmann and Melanie Bulmahn  present the work of the school of Légèreté.
Lara Weidmann and Melanie Bulmahn present the work of the school of Légèreté.

French Art of riding

The meaning of the french word Légèreté is lightness.  The classical french dressage riding was developed by François Robichon de la Guérinière and François Baucher.

The most important part of Légèreté riding is to do only short interventions and aids.  There is no such thing as maintaining aids.  The horse is supposed to go in selfcarriage and keep up the position and pace on its own.

It is those moments were one can feel real lightness in riding.

Nowadays there are different schools according to the French art of riding.  I work according to the ideas of Philippe Karl.

Nicole Weinauge, who I work with is a licensed instructor of the school of Légèreté.
Nicole Weinauge, who I work with is a licensed instructor of the school of Légèreté.

In 2008 I had the opportunity to ride with Philippe Karl.  This was a very valuable experience and made me feel even stronger about developing a specific seat position and body awareness method for Légèreté riders.

My intrinsic motivation is to enable the human to feel the lightness in their Body.

In my own riding and teaching I use a mixture of seat position focus, horsemanship and légèreté riding. 


Sitzkunst-Allowing Motion through Awareness