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
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
Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the riding training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.
Duration: 16:26 Minutes
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
Working in long reins is a fascinating possibility to school your horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider on his back. With the necessary preparation work in hand, teaching the horse these long reining exercises should be easily achieved. Once the first step forwards and the first turn have been achieved a serpentine through the entire arena is not far off.
Duration: 26:09 Minutes
Once the horse has been familiarised to the effects of the double bridle on the ground, Philippe Karl then continues this from the saddle. He rides using the Fillis hold, enabling the use of the two bits separately.
Duration: 09:16 Minutes