In-Hand Lessons with Manolo Mendez is a three hour plus introduction to working in hand with horses. Designed to be practical and un-intimidating, the DVD follows the first five lessons of equestrian and biomechanics lecturer Jillian Kreinbring as she learns to shape, influence and enhance horses’ postures and gaits with the help of a cavesson and a bamboo.
(While Jillian practices the exercises, Manolo gives her feedback and steps in to correct common mistakes, ensuring that viewers get a good understanding of what to do, and what to avoid.
The DVD contains additional footage of Manolo working in-hand and demonstrating exercises with two inexperienced horses. In addition, Manolo shares his way of introducing a young horse to lungeing and discusses and demonstrates how to transition a young horse from lungeing to riding.
Finally the DVD contains a section on What the Horse’s Body Tells You, where Manolo points out physical landmarks and what they signify.)