Friday, January 27, 2012
DVD Review: **** Kathy Morelli ~ Understanding the Neck 1
The System ~ Vol 1
I liked this dvd for several reasons, although I have a 'caveat' at the end. First it is a good quality media production, it is organized well and has wonderful imagery and excellent video's showing what she is describing. She has a great little hand held wire 'demo' horse where she explains how the dorsal ligament works and why being over bent ( behind the vertical, deep, round, hyper-flexed, rol-kur etc ) not only makes it impossible for the horse to engage properly and keep a pure rhythm, but how all that in turn upsets the horse.
I think anyone playing with 'the game of contact' (GOC) should watch this because this is along the lines of the German Classical schooling, as well as Linda's style of riding. But I am noticing that the poll is often NOT the highest point most of the time, with people using the 'GOC'. IMHO, simply because far too many people just truly can't recognize when the poll is not the highest point. (don't worry, i am working on a page devoted strictly to being able to recognize this) And I don't think (but wont know till i watch the game of contact dvd's) it is of primary focus in this method. So this dvd will give you the examples and reasons why it SHOULD be a primary focus.
Where the dvd falls short for me, is that she is not particularly descriptive in the 'how'. She definitely gives you the 'what' you should be doing......but doesn't give the nitty gritty details of the 'how'. at least not on this volume but possibly on the second volume. She has what she calls 'the system'...ie: the 'what'.....aka: the TASK which is to
1. lift the head and neck UP via the reins
2. yield the head and neck forward via the reins
3. drive the hind end forward and under via the leg
4. flex and soften the poll laterally
Thru this 'system' you will gain longitudinal flexion and suppleness and this is a sound, solid and proper system to follow.....but here is the caveat I mentioned at the beginning.
....there is not much by way of the "how"...ie: TECHNIQUE
She does demonstrates the 'lifting' technique that she uses which IMHO is a bit too "forceful" for me and I much prefer Phillip Karl's technique which is much MUCH lighter and more effective. I think this is where being a PNH student and knowing well the porcupine game and having good timing in your release will counter balance this shortcoming.
I also felt at times the tempo of the walk was hurried and quick, and gave the impression of not being truly relaxed....but that is just my opinion.
***** I think this an awesome dvd for Non - NH traditional German method dressage riders, actually a MUST for them, because this is a great way to move out of the 'deep' brainwashing that has been going on for over a decade. This dvd will lead you out of that 'trap' and bring you back to proper training, create a happy horse and get you higher scores on your tests.
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