The training always starts with walk on a long rein. The decisive factor is how the rider picks up the reins and makes contact with the mouth. A consciously caused faulty execution in the video immediately makes you aware of what happens when you try to force the horse into the bridle with your hands.
It is THE basis of dressage riding: the correct half halt. Dr. Reiner Klimke shows you in the video exactly how a half-halt ridden correctly and a half halt ridden incorrectly looks and the effect on the horse. With a sequence of walk-trot transitions, the development of a consistent contact begins.
In her young years Ingrid Klimke, today Olympic champion, and daughter of Dr. Reiner Klimke shows the first L level movements. Commented by her father, she shows the correct bend when riding volts and serpentines.
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The lawyer from Münster was already a riding legend in his lifetime. Taking part in six Olympic Games as well as his incredible success in European and World Championships made him one of the most amazing and successful dressage riders in the world.> more
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.
Duration: 19:09 Minutes
Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the riding training. A steady contact should consist of a soft connection between the hands of the rider and the mouth of the horse. Pulling the head is never the solution. The movement should come from behind resulting in a horse that comes through the body to the bit and hands.
Duration: 16:26 Minutes
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.
Duration: 09:08 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
The successful halt is the key to good riding and based on the aids coming together correctly. There is hardly any other exercise that is applied so often yet with so little sureness and knowledge.
Duration: 16:05 Minutes