Dressage training Part 1: Training the young horse

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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.

You will learn in this video:

  • How Reiner Klimke is training a young horse in dressage
  • The importance placed on correct warming up and cooling down phase
  • How he trains horses of various builds and temperaments

Further videos in this series: 

Dr. Reiner Klimke

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. 

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