Soma Bay Part 4: Walk-Canter Transitions & Walk Pirouettes 2015-12-09T00:00:00+01:00

In this training session, the pair are concentrating on the canter work. One goal for the jump to elementary level is refining the walk-canter-walk transitions, with Ingrid Klimke using the help of the cavaletti. This ensures that the walk between the canter transitions remains active and stays in rhythm.

Gradually Soma Bay learns to carry more weight behind. This is required for learning the counter canter which is also included in today’s training plan. It is especially interesting to see how consistently and precisely Ingrid Klimke works in order to refine and minimize her aids, both here and in the turn on the haunches.

It is interesting to see how to canter-walk transitions can be used as an exercise to improve the general canter work but also as a dressage movement to be perfected by the use of complementary training. It proves to us how technical the approach of dressage can be, and how important it is to build the training step by step.

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 3: Transitions, Counter Canter and Turn on the Haunches
Soma Bay Part 5: Trot-Halt Transitions and Riding Simple Changes 

You will learn in this video:

  • The benefits of canter-walk-canter transitions on your general training
  • Why collection is important in the canter work
  • How to progressively refine your aids

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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