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.

Further videos in this series: 

Dressage Training Part 1: Training the Young Horse
Dressage Training Part 3: Preparation for the Novice Class and Riding with the Double Bridle
Dressage Training Part 4: Riding and Training the Elementary Dressage Exercises
Dressage Training Part 5: Training Towards Thoroughness and Straightness

You will learn in this video:

  • What is expected from a 4-year-old
  • How are the riding aids introduced to the young horse
  • Why are the basics of so important in the training of young horses

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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