The most successful rider in the world, Reiner Klimke, explains and demonstrates in this video series how to train a young dressage horse according to the classical principals. Even though the picture quality may not be so modern the information given is still incredibly valuable when it comes to the training of horses and riders.
The first part of this series covers the training of a young 4-year-old dressage horse. The objective of the training here is to establish a solid foundation to support further exercises. The horse should learn to trust the rider and through the correct application of the aids become more attentive, travel straighter, stay in a steady rhythm, and relaxed in body and mind. Once the horse has been properly loosened up, the working phase begins. The half halts help the horse learn to be more attentive to the rider’s aids and to step further under his point of balance with the hind legs.
The work finishes with the horse chewing the reins down and out of the hands and is the third phase of every training session, the cooling down. The young horses are ridden on a loose rein until they are dry. They should feel happy within themselves so that they return to the stable or go out into the field, in a relaxed and calm manner.
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The lawyer from Münster was already a riding legend in his lifetime. Taking part in six Olympic Games as well as his incredible success in European and World Championships made him one of the most amazing and successful dressage riders in the world.> more
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
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
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
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
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