Dressage in Detail Part 2: Developing a medium trot



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The beginnings of the medium trot are a change between shortening and lengthening the steps. Dr. Reiner Klimke shows and comments on several L-horses, which are prepared for the medium trot from exercises such as serpentines or the volte.


Important prerequisites for a good medium trot are the preservation of the rhythm and the previous straightening. On the gelding "Abendsee", the young Ingrid Klimke shows which exercises she is using to prepare for the medium trot in order to be able to let the momentum come through from the hindquarters in a straight line.


Waving front legs, coming only from the shoulder, is not a sign of a correct medium trot. Using a few examples, Dr. Reiner Klimke explains what it should look like: The hind legs step under the center of gravity, the back is lifted, the poll is the highest point, big ground covering strides are the result of the swing developed.

You learn in this video:

  • With which exercises you can prepare the medium trot
  • What a correct medium trot looks like and what the most important criteria are
  • How best to straighten your horse before the medium trot

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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