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The Body Language of the Rider Part 3: Sitting and rising trot

Marlies Fischer-Zillinger

The most common mistake seen in rising trot are legs and hands that are not quiet, that don’t help the horse move as well as he could. In sitting trot, a seat that is not still or quiet, or stiff hips, don’t help the horse either. The various exercises shown here both in the saddle and on the ground can help improve the balance and body awareness of riders.

Duration: 19:39 minutes

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The Body Language of the Rider Part 2: Improving the riding seat with a long, relaxed leg and an upright upper body

Marlies Fischer-Zillinger

The most challenging aspect of a secure riding seat is allowing the hips to swing with the horse whilst staying still with the upper body. The leg must hang downwards in an elastic and shock absorbing way and the upper body must have the correct amount of positive tension. The exercises shown here on and off the horse help to develop the necessary security of the seat.

Duration: 12:33 minutes

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Just Paul Part 7: Riding outside and first jumping training

Ingrid Klimke

Regular show jumping and cross-country training is a terrific way to improve balance and strength, for dressage horses as well and helps keep young horses motivated and relaxed. Watch as Just Paul pops over his first jumps under saddle.

Duration: 12:55 minutes

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The Body Language of the Rider Part 1: Improving the riding seat

Marlies Fischer-Zillinger

Physiotherapist Marlies Fischer-Zillinger and riding instructor Claudia Weissauer have combined their knowledge and explain how we can attain a feeling and secure riding seat that follows the horse.

Duration: 16:59 minutes

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Just Paul Part 6: The first start in competition

Ingrid Klimke

In competition and in a foreign environment, a young horse can learn a lot of new things and gain valuable experience. On their first competition, horses are usually nerve-wracking affairs. See how Ingrid Klimke and Just Paul tackle this challenge!

Duration: 08:23 minutes

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Just Paul part 5: Preparation for the first competition

Ingrid Klimke

In this film series, you can see how Ingrid Klimke trains the young gelding Just Paul over a period of two years. This video shows how Ingrid prepares Just Paul to attend his very first dressage competition. At this point in the training, the aids must be understandable, and the young horse must learn how to react more and more finely to the smallest signals.

Duration: 13:12 minutes

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Just Paul Part 4: The leg aids and a correct contact

Ingrid Klimke

In this video series, you get to experience Ingrid Klimke training the young gelding, Just Paul, over two years following classical training methods. Understanding the leg aids is a very important part of the training in order for the horse to be able to react to subtle actions of the rider in the future.

Duration: 14:26 minutes

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Long rein work part 4: Canter work

Saskia Gunzer

When training with long reins, the canter work is definitely the biggest challenge you will have to face. In fact, it takes time before the horse really collects the canter and master the half pass as well as the flying changes and the pirouettes. Nevertheless, with patience and repeated training, you will be able to achieve great exercises with your horse.

Duration: 28:18 minutes

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Just Paul Part 3: dressage training in windy and noisy conditions

Ingrid Klimke

This series allows you to watch as Olympic medallist, Ingrid Klimke, trains the young dressage gelding “Just Paul” over two years. Even though the training conditions were not optimal today, this provides an opportunity to get the young horse used to a new situation. Watch how Ingrid does it!

Duration: 10:07 minutes

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Working with long reins part 3: Lateral work, collecting and Spanish walk

Saskia Gunzer

In the same way that the training of the lateral work under the rider plays a big role in gymnasticizing the horse, so too does the same work in the long reins. Saskia Gunzer shows us how she trains the lateral work, piaffe, passage and the Spanish walk, all in long reins.

Duration: 25:46 minutes

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Working with long reins part 2: Reinsetting & first long reining exercises for the horse

Saskia Gunzer

Working in long reins is a fascinating possibility to school your horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider on his back. With the necessary preparation work in hand, teaching the horse these long reining exercises should be easily achieved. Once the first step forwards and the first turn have been achieved a serpentine through the entire arena is not far off.

Duration: 26:09 minutes

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Just Paul Part 2: A varied training for the young horse

Ingrid Klimke

This series allows you to peek into how Olympic Medallist, Ingrid Klimke, trains the young gelding “Just Paul” over a two-year time frame, from a green youngster into a motivated and willing partner. A training plan with lots of variation, familiarising him with lots of new situations without over facing them, is important in the successful development of a young horse.

Duration: 09:32 minutes

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Working with long reins Part 1: Equipment & preparatory exercises for the horse

Saskia Gunzer

Working in long reins is a fascinating possibility to school your horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider on his back. However, it is very important before one steps behind their horse, to have the correct equipment and to make sure the preparation work in hand is not overlooked.

Duration: 16:44 minutes

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Overcoming spookiness in the dressage arena

Uta Gräf

Spookiness is part of the natural behavior of horses. For success at competitions as well as for harmonic riding at home, the horse needs to learn to trust his rider and stay relaxed even in unusual or worrying situations. Uta Gräf shows how she prepares her horses at home in their everyday training for such circumstances.

Duration: 13:08 minutes

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The school of Légèreté Part 10: Piaffe and Passage

Philippe Karl

The desire of the horse to go forward, combined with bending the hindquarters is the basis of a good piaffe. Philippe Karl uses various exercises to teach his horses the piaffe and bring them into perfect balance. Every horse can learn to passage correctly when one sensitively combines the Spanish walk with the trot, something the world-renowned trainer has seen continually happen over the years.

Duration: 21:17 minutes

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The School of Légèreté Part 9: Spanish Walk

Philippe Karl

Philippe Karl sees the Spanish walk as a valuable exercise in the classical training of a horse. It helps gymnasticize the horse and, in combination with the trot work, can help any horse learn a correct Passage.

Duration: 09:24 minutes

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Ingrid Klimke works with student Laura on correct use of the rider’s aids

Ingrid Klimke

The 5-year-old Saint Ledger has only just started his basic training. In this lesson, we concentrate on familiarising him to the rider’s aids and despite being in an unfamiliar environment, relaxing in his body and mind.

Duration: 09:08 minutes

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The school of Légèreté Part 8: Jumping training on the lunge and under saddle

Philippe Karl

Showjumping training, built according to the natural ability of each horse, is a fabulous possibility to gymnasticize and stretch a horse, both on the lunge and under saddle. Philippe Karl feels it belongs in the training of every horse.

Duration: 09:02 minutes

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Just Paul Part 1: First dressage training session with Paul Stecken for the young horse

Ingrid Klimke

This video allows you to follow the young dressage horse “Just Paul” and Ingrid Klimke during his first training session with Paul Stecken!

Duration: 23:13 minutes

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Improve and develop impulsion

Ingrid Klimke

Supported by her mentor Major Paul Stecken we watch as Ingrid Klimke works the 4-year-old Trakhener mare, Eternity, following classical training methods to improve impulsion. We can also watch the result of beautifully correct training as Eternity takes part in her first competition. 

Duration: 20:01 minutes

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The school of Légèreté Part 7: Combined lateral movements

Philippe Karl

Lateral movements are of great importance when it comes to gymnasticizing the horse. Shoulder-in, travers, renvers and counter shoulder-in, as well as fluidly transitioning from one to another result in a chance to play with the balance of the horse. Well executed, those movements lead to an increase in flexibility, suppleness and a prompt reaction to the aids of the rider.

Duration: 10:44 minutes

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The successful halt part 2: riding transitions

Reinhart Koblitz

Correct riding, as well as riding transitions, entails riding from “the back end to the front” (as one says). Reinhart Koblitz shows in this video exactly what that means and most importantly, how this applies to half- and entire halts.

Duration: 19:09 minutes

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The school of Légèreté Part 6: Riding in a double bridle

Philippe Karl

Once the horse has been familiarised to the effects of the double bridle on the ground, Philippe Karl then continues this from the saddle. He rides using the Fillis hold, enabling the use of the two bits separately.

Duration: 09:16 minutes

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Develop a soft and steady contact through correct riding

Ingrid Klimke

Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the riding training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.

Duration: 16:26 minutes

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The School of Légèreté Part 5: Canter transitions, flying changes, pirouettes

Philippe Karl

Philippe Karl gives us not only a theoretical understanding but also explains how to put this into practice, today teaching a horse the canter transitions. He uses various arena figures and lateral work to help the horse. It is interesting to watch how the French Master teaches the flying changes, from working canter to counter canter on a circle. A high degree of collection is necessary before commencing the canter pirouettes.

Duration: 21:19 minutes

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The successful halt part 1: Technique and feeling

Reinhart Koblitz

The successful halt is the key to good riding and based on the aids coming together correctly. There is hardly any other exercise that is applied so often yet with so little sureness and knowledge.

Duration: 16:05 minutes

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The school of légèreté Part 4: Suppling the horse with bending exercises

Philippe Karl

Once the horse feels comfortable with the chewing and bending exercises from the ground, they can be continued under the saddle. Philippe Karl works on simple transitions between walk and trot. Correctly ridden lateral work is the key to really gymnasticizing the horse.

Duration: 18:39 minutes

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The school of Légèreté Part 3: Preparing with ground work

Philippe Karl

The horse’s mouth is sacred. Ground work can be used to teach the horse how he is expected to react to the bit, in order to build a connection as gentle and soft as possible.

Duration: 11:44 minutes

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The school of Légèreté Part 2: Lunging is an important part of the training of horses

Philippe Karl

Lunging a horse is not just a way to warm up and loosen horses but a brilliant possibility to educate the horses about the aids and gymnasticize them. Philippe Karl does not believe in side reins or any other auxiliary aid designed to “make a horse round”.

Duration: 07:28 minutes

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First cross-country training for the young horse

Ingrid Klimke

The correct introduction to cross country jumps as well as going through the water is an essential foundation for further training of young horses. Riding in new surroundings and on uneven ground increases sure-footedness and self-confidence of the horses.

Duration: 21:44 minutes

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The school of Légèreté Part 1: Theoretical basis

Philippe Karl

Those who wish to understand the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté should firstly understand the theoretical aspects behind it. The foundation of his teachings is harmony and balance between horse and rider. The effectiveness of the rider plays a deciding role on the journey their training takes.

Duration: 10:59 minutes

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First gymnastic jumping exercises for the 4-year-old horses

Ingrid Klimke

Regular gymnastic jumping exercises are fantastic to strengthen muscles, increase body awareness and improve balance as well as keeping the horse motivated in his training, regardless of the discipline he will later be specialized in. It is important for the young horse to experience lots of variation within their training, ensuring they get used to being in new situations.

Duration: 16:05 minutes

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First cavaletti exercises for the 4-year-old horse

Ingrid Klimke

Introducing basic cavaletti exercises on the lunge as well as under the rider is an important part of the training and development of the young horse. For Ingrid Klimke, every horse, regardless of the discipline they might be specialized in later should be introduced to different exercises - in dressage as well as in jumping - during their basic training.

Duration: 10:00 minutes

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The first steps of the training of a young horse

Ingrid Klimke

At the beginning of his training, a young horse needs to learn to focus on the rider’s aids. The first steps will be for him to move with suppleness, in a steady rhythm in all three paces. In this video the young Danaro, a 4-year-old stallion is presented to us by Andreas Busacker, Ingrid Klimke’s husband.

Duration: 09:15 minutes

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