From the
Basics up to
Haute École

“It is lightness which truly defines equestrian art and simultaneously shows the rider who has mastered it the true scope of his talents.” Nuno Oliveira

Free to move in lightness –
The Franco-Iberian tradition 
of Légèreté

Riding is a wonderful passion that can develop the body and mind of both rider and horse. Based on the methods of the Franco-Iberian tradition of “Légèreté”, the training leads to a dialogue with the horse in “freedom on a word of honour”.

A solid knowledge of physiology, anatomy, biomechanics (including the important rotations of the spine), behaviour, psychology and pedagogics forms the basis of the training, which is built up systematically and successively. Exercises are not fixed but chosen flexibly and very conscientiously, adapted to the respective strengths and weaknesses of horse and rider. As a result, the horse is gymnasticized very thoroughly and effectively.

The method excludes using training aids or any means of coercion. The concept as a whole is characterised by a high degree of mindfulness, precision as well as a good combination of feeling and technique. Parameters such as balance, relaxation and impulsion are meaningfully coordinated and adjusted to match any situation.

As the key to the weight-carrying ability of the horse, appropriate work in collection secures the horse’s wellbeing and health well into old age. Harmonious dressage training is the principal factor that ensures or restores organic health and emotional balance. A veterinarian should not be a regular visitor but an occasional guest.

Marialva  *27*
Happy Birthday!

Marialva – healthy and lively at a ripe old age through correct training!   

In order to develop its weight-carrying ability, the horse must be guided into collection. Then it will remain completely fit, motivated and strong!

My new film series shows how this can be achieved:

My services –
training from the basics
up to Haute École

My program is aimed at all horse riders and owners who are genuinely interested in delving more deeply into training methods, and who are willing to work on their own abilities. Equally, it is open to all horses, irrespective of breed, age or training level.

It is particularly suitable for trainers, because the concept is extremely logical and didactically clear, as well as being completely oriented towards the horse itself. Despite this systematic structure, the training is always adapted to the individual horse, which allows horse and rider to solve their problems very effectively and experience real progress. Passionate dressage riders who are seeking support to advance their work are also more than welcome.

Since the emphasis is on the satisfaction and health of all individuals involved, training routines are selected according to the physical and mental characteristics of horse and rider.

Offers on site at Gronauer Hof, Bad Vilbel:
!! No external clinics or riding lessons !!

  • Riding lessons on your horse
  • Staying as a guest rider with your horse
  • Work in hand and on the lunge with your horse
  • Demonstration and explanation of the system with my horses

Lectures, evening theory sessions, presentations of books and films: upon request

Films & Learning Material

“The quality of movement makes all the difference!
It’s all about the ‘how’ of an exercise to be mastered with slowness and voluntariness.” Sonja Weber

Sonja Weber has schooled horses, riders, and trainers in the tradition of lightness near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, for more than 20 years.
“From the basics up to high school work”, keeping the horse healthy represents the key concern of the training.

Out now: The film series
based on my books

The film series “Riding in Collection for Healthy Horses and Lightness” is based on my successful books. By working your horse in collection and thus improving its weight-carrying ability, you can keep it healthy well into old age!

Outstanding and in pioneer position is the didactical mediation of teaching contents! Through slow-motion, still images, auxiliary lines, detail and drone shots, important, forgotten knowledge of the old masters and new findings are cleverly prepared and vividly presented.

After buying the films, you have unlimited access to all material with your individual login details.

Here you can find and order the film series:

The film series is based on my books “Klassische Arbeit an der Hand” and “Versammlung für gesunde Pferde und Reiten in Leichtigkeit”, published by Müller-Rüschlikon-Verlag.

Here you can order the books:

What my teachers
& students