Dressage training Part 2: Teaching the young horse the riding aids

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Dressage legend Reiner Klimke explains and demonstrates in this video series, filmed in the 80’s, how to correctly train a young horse following classical principles. The correct education of a young horse should establish a solid base for further training with the horse trusting the rider and reacting to the riding aids.

In this video, Dr. Reiner Klimke is riding the 4-year-old Trakehner gelding Paros. Half halts, transitions and regular changes of the rein help the young horse concentrate on his rider and what the riding aids mean. Lengthening the trot on a straight line is the first step in developing impulsion. One must be careful however not to overdo it so as to avoid the young horse going on the forehand. Breaks walking on a loose rein are important for relaxation and motivation.

You will learn in this video:

  • The work asked of a 4-year-old
  • The warming up phase and how to help the horse learn what the riding aids are
  • What Reiner looks for in the working phase, the importance he places on the basics

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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