Dressage Training Part 5: Training toward straightness and thoroughness

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Reiner Klimke explains in this video series from the ’80s how to go about training the dressage horse following classical principles, with several different horses and riders. Training the horse for more straightness is the main guideline of this working session. In this video we watch the 5-year-old Westfalen gelding, Nebos, being ridden in a double bridle. It is important that from the beginning of the work that the rider does not shorten the neck too much. The contact to the mouth is more consistent and the horse, compared to a younger horse that has only just started the training required at elementary, shows more expression and is obviously more developed.

After the first exercise to improve thoroughness, such as the trot walk-trot transitions concentrating especially on a smooth downward transition and taking the weight with the hindquarters, the rider should then send the horse forward and refresh the tempo in rising trot. The horse thus learns to carry himself in balance.

The aim of the movements at elementary is to help the horse become more elastic, elegant and expressive. Training the horse toward straightness is the best way to have even contact on both rein and therefore a correct position of the neck. Nebus is established at this level and able to do serpentines with a simple change over the centerline, counter canter and turn on the haunches whilst remaining straight and with soft constant contact.

You will learn in this video:

  • The importance of the basics with a 5-year-old and the exercises ridden at this level
  • That riding in a double bridle is no excuse for a horse being shot in the neck or behind the bit
  • Why is training the horse to be straight so important

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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