Just Paul Part 1: First Dressage Training Session with Paul Stecken for the Young Horse



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“Just Paul” is the talented three-year-old gelding we are going to follow in this video series. This will take place over two years so that you can experience in real-time the development and training a young dressage horse experiences with Olympic medallist, Ingrid Klimke.

The two regularly train under the watchful eye of retired Major Paul Stecken, a man devoted to classical training, his vast experience and consistent adherence to the basics is something every rider can profit from. In this first video, he gives us his assessment of the conformation of the young horse, followed by their first dressage training session together in the dressage arena.

Further videos in this series: 

Just Paul Part 2: A Varied Training for the Young Horse
Just Paul Part 3: Dressage Training in Windy and Noisy Conditions
Just Paul Part 4: The Leg Aids and a Correct Contact
Just Paul Part 5: Preparation for the First Competition
Just Paul Part 6: The First Start in Competition
Just Paul Part 7: Riding Outside & First Jumping Training

You will learn in this video:

  • Paul Stecken's expectations when it comes to young horses in dressage training
  • How Ingrid introduces the different exercises to the training of young horses
  • How much to ask from a 3 year-old horse during a training session

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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