Dressage in Detail Part 1: Riding with a correct contact

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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.

You learn in this video:

  • Which work leads to the dressage horse's letting go 
  • How to develop a correct riding contact - and how it shouldn't look
  • How to perform a real half-halt and what it looks like if carried out incorrectly

Further videos in this series: 

Dr. Reiner Klimke

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. 

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