Simply trotting over four poles? The cavaletti work in trot offers various exercises possibilities and is a very effective preparation for certain movements. With an inexperienced horse, we begin with one trot pole, guiding rails and an experienced horse for him to follow. The number of cavaletti is slowly increased as the horse trots over them confidently and in a relaxed manner.
With cavaletti on a curved line, it is especially important that the rider concentrates on riding over the middle of each pole and renews the bend and flexion as needed. Depending on how far the horse is trained one can sit to the trot or rise. Combined exercises in a group encourage variety and can, for example, be set up as a serpentine over cavaletti or trot cavaletti with a stride in between.
Ingrid Klimke also explains in this video how you can lunge an inexperienced horse over cavaletti, how to set up the exercises and what you need to be aware of. The “figure of eight on a circle” exercise is one of the best exercises for thoroughness. It improves the elasticity of the horse on both sides and is an optimal preparation for riding lateral movements.
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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
Lateral movements are of great importance when it comes to gymnasticizing the horse. Shoulder-in, travers, renvers and counter shoulder-in, as well as fluidly transitioning from one to another result in a chance to play with the balance of the horse. Well executed, those movements lead to an increase in flexibility, suppleness and a prompt reaction to the aids of the rider.
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The 5-year-old Saint Ledger has only just started his basic training. In this lesson, we concentrate on familiarising him to the rider’s aids and despite being in an unfamiliar environment, relaxing in his body and mind.
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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.
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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.
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The desire of the horse to go forward, combined with bending the hindquarters is the basis of a good piaffe. Philippe Karl uses various exercises to teach his horses the piaffe and bring them into perfect balance. Every horse can learn to passage correctly when one sensitively combines the Spanish walk with the trot, something the world-renowned trainer has seen continually happen over the years.
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