Follow along in this video series as Olympic champion, Ingrid Klimke, trains and continually advances the talented and willing 4-year-old mare, Soma Bay. As a welcome change to everyday dressage training, Ingrid Klimke decides to do the daily work outside, in a recently harvested cornfield, rather than in the indoor (see part 1). Uneven ground and a foreign environment increase attentiveness, surefootedness, and dexterity of the young horse.
The long straight lines are perfect to practice lengthening and energetic trot and canter strides as well as practicing straightness. Ingrid Klimke continually makes sure that she doesn’t get wide behind or swing her hindquarters in. Regular chances to chew the reins out of her hands and walk breaks on a long rein ensure that the young mare isn’t pushed beyond her limits. Soma Bay has developed enough strength to carry the rider in sitting the trot, even when lengthening. Ingrid Klimke puts great emphasis on having the mare come back with just her seat aids and that she doesn’t come above the bit during the transitions.
Soma Bay already has several placings in dressage and jumping horse classes at novice level and is relaxed and attentive at competitions. She will be kept supple and fit with dressage work, hacking out, going through water and an overall varied training program, followed by a four to six week break out in the field, before coming back in to start learning the elementary level work during winter.
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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
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