Now that we have developed rhythm and relaxation during the dressage work in the initial training phase, we move along the training scale to the second phase. We work on establishing a steady contact, a soft and rubbery connection between the rider’s hands and the horse’s mouth that receives the energy from the horse’s hindquarters. This supports the development of pushing power.
Callas is a 4-year-old Hanovarian mare at the very beginning of her training as an eventer. She is still a bit excited at the beginning of her training sessions. That’s why Ingrid Klimke rides her with a softly connected rein during warm-up, asks for active forward movement, and starts asking the mare to stretch forward and down. The working phase shows that the mare is still a little unsteady in the contact. A great tool to avoid solving contact issues with the hands is bridging the reins. Walk-trot transitions and half halts increase throughness. In addition, Klimke employs some initial walk-canter transitions, counter canter, halt transitions, and standing quietly and squarely at the halt.
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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
Young horses can gain a lot of valuable experience at a show or while being ridden in unfamiliar surroundings. But of course, the first competition can also be very stressful for them. Let’s have a look at how Ingrid Klimke and Just Paul handle this challenge!
Duration: 00:08:23 Minutes
Philippe Karl explains in great detail both the theory and practical application of teaching the horse a good canter transition. He uses a variety of arena figures and lateral work. Interestingly, the French riding master teaches the first flying changes by having the horse change from the true canter into the counter canter. In order to do pirouette work, the horse has to already be able to show a high degree of collection.
Duration: 00:21:19 Minutes
In her dressage training, Ingrid Klimke received regular coaching from her mentor Major Paul Stecken. In today’s training session, they work with the 4-year-old Trakehner mare Eternity on developing impulsion according to the classical training principles.
Duration: 00:20:01 Minutes
In this video we see two 5-year-old horses established for the elementary dressage exercises. We watch the first horse in a training session and the second at a competition in an elementary test, ridden and commentated on by Reiner Klimke.
Duration: 00:12:52 Minutes
When working in long reins, the canter work will certainly be the most challenging. It does take time and patient training for the horse to be able to show a collected canter depart and master the half pass, tempi changes, and pirouettes. But the work is also hugely rewarding!
Duration: 00:28:18 Minutes