Ingrid Klimke works with Student Laura on Correct Use of the Rider’s Aids 2015-01-04T00:00:00+01:00

Ingrid Klimke coaches her student Laura in the use of correct aids with a young and still unfocused horse. Sait Ledger is a 5-year-old Hanovarian gelding who is being trained by his owner Laura. He is a late developer due to a high percentage of Thoroughbred blood. Accordingly, he is still a bit green. In this training session, Saint Ledger is working in an unfamiliar dressage arena for the first time and is quite distracted. It is very important in such situations that the young horse listens to the rider’s driving aids. By riding bending lines and transitions as well as half halts, Laura improves the throughness of her horse. The young gelding is starting to be more relaxed and pay more attention to his rider as he is seeking a steady connection to the rider’s hand and is getting used to accepting the aids.

To resist the temptation to force a steadier contact with the hand, Laura bridges her reins which stabilizes her hands in a fixed position about a fist-width apart from one another. It’s a great test to check if your hands want to be too busy, and it’s more difficult to do than it looks.

Further videos in this series: 

The First Steps of the Training of a Young Horse
First Cavaletti Exercises for the 4-year-old Horse
First Gymnastic Jumping Exercises for the 4-year-old Horses
Develop a Soft and Steady Contact Through Correct Riding
First Cross-Country Training for the Young Horse
Improve and Develop Impulsion


You will learn in this video:

  • How to familiarize a young horse with the rider’s aids
  • How to use the leg correctly when asking a horse to go forward
  • How bridging the reins can help you become softer with your hands

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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