Basic training of the young horse: Important lessons in the dressage arena



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A new chair in the corner or a rider behind a bush - there are always occasions for a young horse to be distracted during dressage training. In this video, Ingrid Klimke shows you how you can patiently but surely accustom your horse to new situations and how you can improve the self-confidence of the horse during his basic training.

Donnalucata is rather light on the neck and should, therefore, learn to carry herself better and shift more weight on to the hindquarters. Ingrid Klimke's goal is to achieve an even leaning, with the neck as the highest point. During the walk-trot transitions, the Olympic champion shows how she prevents the horse from avoiding the riding aids. 

Ingrid Klimke already includes the trot-hold and hold-trot transitions as part of the basic training of her young horses. Playfully, she teaches the mare to stay straight on the first riding line before trying on an open line. During the transition to canter, the horse should stay calm but promptly jump uphill. 

You will learn in this video:

  • What exercises Ingrid considers part of the basic training of a young horse 
  • How to confidently ride your horse past unknown objects
  • How to efficiently use your riding aids during transitions 

Further videos in this series: 

Basic training of the young horse: training on the hills

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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