“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:
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.> more
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: 00:16:05 Minutes
Working in long reins is a fascinating possibility to school your horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider on his back. With the necessary preparation work in hand, teaching the horse these long reining exercises should be easily achieved. Once the first step forwards and the first turn have been achieved a serpentine through the entire arena is not far off.
Duration: 00:26:09 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: 00:13:08 Minutes
Once the basics of rhythm and suppleness have been established it is time to work on contact, as the next phase of the 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: 00:16:26 Minutes
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: 00:19:09 Minutes