Soma Bay Part 1: The First Steps of the Training Scale - Rhythm, Suppleness & Contact



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In this video series, we follow the training of the 4-year-old Westfalen mare, Soma Bay, step by step as Olympic Champion, Ingrid Klimke, commentates from the saddle. Come along with Soma Bay on her journey and receive valuable insights for your own riding as Ingrid Klimke shows how she gives the aids and explains her training methods and ideas for us.

In this first video, Ingrid Klimke concentrates on the first steps of the training scale: rhythm, suppleness (physical and mental) and contact. She begins with cavaletti exercises at walk and then moves on to establishing a light contact in rising trot. It is important to work at a tempo where the horse is comfortable and can find his own rhythm easily. The regular opportunities given to the mare to chew the reins out of her hands encourages a stretching frame and suppleness. Ingrid Klimke first rides canter on both reins in a light seat and lets Soma Bay play with stretching forwards and downwards. The strides are lengthened, and power increased in both trot and canter, with an explanation of the necessary aids for riding clean turns and correct circles.

Soma Bay is allowed to slowly become accustomed sitting trot by introducing it in short reprieves, encouraging her to maintain a light contact to the hand and keep stepping through from behind. The Westfalen mare is eager to learn, very rideable with a ground covering stride and active hind leg. The confidence and elegance with which the mare approaches her work one can see educating her will be a fun and exciting journey. Once the first steps of the training scale are acquired, the basic exercises such as transitions or tighter turns become easier.

Further videos in this series: 

Soma Bay Part 2: Dressage Training Outside the Arena
Soma Bay Part 3: Transitions, Counter Canter and Turn on the Haunches
Soma Bay Part 4: Walk-Canter Transitions & Walk Pirouettes
Soma Bay Part 5: Trot-Halt Transitions and Riding Simple Changes

You will learn in this video:

  • How Ingrid introduces the basis of the training scale to a young horse
  • How to warm up your horse with light contact and a long neck
  • How to ride transitions between and within paces with young horses

Ingrid Klimke

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.

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