Dressage: Edward Gal on Moorlands Totilas

 Posted by on 21 December 2013 at 10:00 am  Horses, Sports
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From Wikipedia:

Totilas, also known from 2006 to 2011 as Moorlands Totilas, and nicknamed “Toto”, is a Dutch Warmblood stallion standing 17.1 hands high who is considered to be one of the most outstanding competitive dressage horses in the world, the first horse to score above 90 in dressage competition, and the current holder of the world record for the highest dressage score in Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage. Going into the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), Moorlands Totilas and his rider, Edward Gal, had amassed multiple world-record scores in international competition, leading one American journalist to call them “rock stars in the horse world”.

The rider in these three videos is Edward Gal. The trot warm-up is the most spectacular, I think.

Warm-up: Trot Work:

Warm-up: Canter Work:

Competition: Freestyle:

Unfortunately, I see some controversy over the training methods used on him, particularly since he was sold in 2011, reported on Wikipedia. He’s now being ridden by a new rider — Matthias Rath. I’m very unhappy with what I’ve seen of him under this new rider, particularly in this video. He’s terribly overflexed in the neck, and he seems constrained, tense, and miserable. Alas, Edward Gal seriously overflexed him too, although at least he seems soft and relaxed, rather than tense and miserable. Even in the videos above, he’s slightly behind the vertical.

Apparently, Totilas is scheduled to make a comeback in 2014 after some injuries… but we’ll see.

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