Originally Posted by Vidaloco
He is a handsome fellow and he seems to be taking to his training really well. I'm curious as well, since I know nothing about dressage either. We start ours right after they are born to halter work. Is this the same as halter training in the western world?
I'm assuming this horse was also halter broke as a foal, as most horses are. If you'll notice the horse is outfitted in a surcingle, bit and side reins. The purpose of this is three fold. The first reason is to get the horse used to tack, the aids and just generally provide a framework for further ground and in hand work. This work is also teaching acceptance and respect to the horse and beginning to teach the horse that he must let the trainer move his body where it may not be comfortable (this is really key in dressage because we are asking horses to move and build muscle and they can end up very muscle sore or uncomfortable in the new work). And finally, the trainer is just playing to see where the horse's boundaries are and how s/he can progress the training.
I don't think enough people work on this sort of stuff with their young horses, they just go straight to lunging.