Soma Bay Part 3: Transitions, Counter Canter and Turn on the Haunches



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Having had a successful dressage competition season at Novice level, Ingrid Klimke and Soma Bay find themselves on their way to elementary level. The autumn and winter work will be used to quietly introduce the mare to the elementary work necessary. In this video, Ingrid Klimke focuses on the counter canter work and the various exercises that can help improve it.

Ingrid Klimke uses the cavaletti during both the warm-up and the working phases. Her focus is on the canter work. After several walk-canter transitions, the counter canter is also included. Naturally only on large lines and in short reprieves. During this work, the rider really needs to concentrate on the aids given to a young horse.

The rider uses an active walk break to introduce Soma Bay to the turn on the haunches, before ending the work by really encouraging the mare to travel forward in a big swinging trot.


Further videos in this series: 

Soma Bay Part 1: The First Steps of the Training Scale - Rhythm, Suppleness & Contact
Soma Bay Part 2: Dressage Training Outside the Arena
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:

  • What are the basic requirements of a good counter canter
  • Which exercises can help you improve the counter canter
  • How to introduce turn on the haunches in a working session

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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