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 up 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 sharper turns become easier.
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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
Supported by her mentor Major Paul Stecken we watch as Ingrid Klimke works the 4-year-old Trakhener mare, Eternity, following classical training methods to improve impulsion. We can also watch the result of beautifully correct training as Eternity takes part in her first competition.
Duration: 20:01 Minutes
Philippe Karl gives us not only a theoretical understanding but also explains how to put this into practice, today teaching a horse the canter transitions. He uses various arena figures and lateral work to help the horse. It is interesting to watch how the French Master teaches the flying changes, from working canter to counter canter on a circle. A high degree of collection is necessary before commencing the canter pirouettes.
Duration: 21:19 Minutes
Lateral movements are of great importance when it comes to gymnasticizing the horse. Shoulder-in, travers, renvers and counter shoulder-in, as well as fluidly transitioning from one to another result in a chance to play with the balance of the horse. Well executed, those movements lead to an increase in flexibility, suppleness and a prompt reaction to the aids of the rider.
Duration: 10:44 Minutes
Correct riding, as well as riding transitions, entails riding from “the back end to the front” (as one says). Reinhart Koblitz shows in this video exactly what that means and most importantly, how this applies to half- and entire halts.
Duration: 19:09 Minutes
The successful halt is the key to good riding and based on the aids coming together correctly. There is hardly any other exercise that is applied so often yet with so little sureness and knowledge.
Duration: 16:05 Minutes