The dressage training Part 3: Preparation for the novice class and riding with the double bridle



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In this unique video series from the 80s, dressage legend Dr. Reiner Klimke demonstrates dressage training according to the proven classical principles. After one year of riding, the five-year-old horse is familiarized with the lessons of the novice class and gets used to the double bridle. In this video, you can see the training of two five years old, one with the simple bridle and the other with a double bridle.

After the warm-up, the work begins with half halts, putting progressively more weight on the hindlegs. Full halts from trot to hold are practiced, as well as going backward as a test of obedience and permeability of the horse.

On the way to the novice class, the galop strides are gradually collected. This is suitable for riding volts or to go deeper in the corner. The use of the counter canter helps the horse to find a better balance in the gallop. The simple change of leg in canter checks the permeability and helps to improve the contact as well as the acceptance of the bit. On the way to the novice class, the horse gets ridden with a double bridle. In the beginning, most of the contact is placed on the snaffle bit while the reins of the curb are kept slightly pending. It is important that the horse does not go behind the bit. The rider must slowly bring the horse to the vertical developing a soft and steady contact with both reins. 

You will learn in this video:

  • How to warm up outside of the arena
  • What to expect from a young horse working on the novice movements
  • How to introduce the using of the double bridle when riding a young horse

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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