While training a young horse, you need to work with patience and be able to adapt your riding to the needs of the horse. The first step in the everyday training is to focus the horse to the rider’s aids and establish a steady working rhythm. Ingrid Klimke believes that the correct basic training is very important for the further development of the horse. Danaro is a self-assured 4-year-old stallion at the very beginning of his training and easily distracted by his surroundings. He needs to learn to concentrate on his rider and find his balance.
Ingrid Klimke and her husband, Andreas Busacker, show us here very clearly how a young horse is helped to concentrate on the rider’s aids and trained to stay in a steady rhythm. The first goal of the training is to get the horse to move in a loose, relaxed and in a balanced way in all three paces. You will see that when it comes to the training of a young horse, Ingrid Klimke offers them the chance to learn the basics of all disciplines regardless of what they might be specialized in later.
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She is an Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion and is following in the footsteps of her famous father, dressage legend Reiner Klimke. Ingrid Klimke is one of the few professional riders in the world that is successful at an international level in both eventing as well as dressage.> more
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
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
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
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
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