The young gelding that we have only just started to follow in this series is, as a three-year-old, at the very start of his training with Ingrid Klimke. His training program does not involve being ridden every day, he is also lunged over poles on the ground and exercised in the indoor without a rider, ensuring that he can find his balance, learn co-ordination and build muscles without the extra challenge of carrying a rider.
It is difficult for the young gelding to balance properly on turns and to go over the poles correctly but after a few attempts, we can see an obvious improvement. Under saddle, it is especially important at the beginning of their education to give the horse plenty of variation. Trotting and cantering actively outside the arena, learning to ride past other horses in the field and going through puddles in the outdoor all prepare the horse for his life as a ridden horse and keep him motivated in his training. You can watch the first part of the “Just Paul” series, Part 1: first training session with Paul Stecken here.
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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 most successful rider in the world, Reiner Klimke, explains and demonstrates in this video series the correct training of a young dressage horse following classical principles, a subject that even today is relevant and important, even though the picture quality is no longer of a modern standard.
Duration: 18:15 Minutes
In this video series, you get to experience Ingrid Klimke training the young gelding, Just Paul, over two years following classical training methods. Understanding the leg aids is a very important part of the training in order for the horse to be able to react to subtle actions of the rider in the future.
Duration: 14:26 Minutes
This series allows you to watch as Olympic medallist, Ingrid Klimke, trains the young dressage gelding “Just Paul” over two years. Even though the training conditions were not optimal today, this provides an opportunity to get the young horse used to a new situation. Watch how Ingrid does it!
Duration: 10:07 Minutes
In this film series, you can see how Ingrid Klimke trains the young gelding Just Paul over a period of two years. This video shows how Ingrid prepares Just Paul to attend his very first dressage competition. At this point in the training, the aids must be understandable, and the young horse must learn how to react more and more finely to the smallest signals.
Duration: 13:12 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: 16:26 Minutes