“Horses want to go well!”, the late Paul Stecken, who unfortunately passed away at the age of 100 in 2017, was part of the group responsible for the German “Reitvorschrift HDv12” book being actualized in the 1930s. He has spent his entire life promoting training and riding horses following these established principles.
In this video, he takes us with him as he shares his memories and thoughts on the changes in riding sport over the last 90 years. Paul Stecken discusses the two existing outlooks and the resulting problems with such riding, training, and judging.
In this interview he criticizes, amongst others, the attitude of the FEI, shares what he believes to be absolute mistakes in the developments of horse training and explains what measures he wishes would be implemented in horse sport in the future. Telling the story of Nector, a successful horse Ingrid Klimke previously rode, he shares his personal experiences and gives the viewers a glimpse into his reasoning as to why he tirelessly promotes a fair, correct and sound education for horses.
“nothing is more enjoyable to experience than horses going well, being successful, happy and thankful because of this way of training”
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If you want to see Paul Stecken’s philosophy in practice, check out how he trains Ingrid Klimke in this video: Just Paul Part 1: First dressage training session with Paul Stecken for the young horse
Retired Major, the late Paul Stecken, former director of the Westfalen Riding and Driving School and mentor of many world-renowned riders such as Reiner Klimke and his daughter, Ingrid Klimke, was well known for promoting the training of horses and riders following classical principles as originally outlined in the HDv12.> more
This video allows you to follow the young dressage horse “Just Paul” and Ingrid Klimke during his first training session with Paul Stecken!
Duration: 23:13 Minutes
Spookiness is part of the natural behavior of horses. For success at competitions as well as for harmonic riding at home, the horse needs to learn to trust his rider and stay relaxed even in unusual or worrying situations. Uta Gräf shows how she prepares her horses at home in their everyday training for such circumstances.
Duration: 13:08 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
Those who wish to understand the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté should firstly understand the theoretical aspects behind it. The foundation of his teachings is harmony and balance between horse and rider. The effectiveness of the rider plays a deciding role on the journey their training takes.
Duration: 10:59 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