Just Paul Part 2: Variety is Key in the Training of a Young Horse

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As a 3-year-old, Just Paul is still at the very beginning of his training with Ingrid Klimke. In addition to his training under saddle, he is also free-lunged in the indoor arena and lunged over ground poles. This variety supports the development of balance, coordination, and musculature without the weight of the rider.

It is visibly still difficult for the young gelding to balance on a smaller circle on the lunge and to adjust his stride to properly navigate the ground poles. But we can see progress after a few repetitions. It is very important, especially in the basic under saddle training of a young horse, to expose the horse to a wide variety of new experiences. Familiarizing the horse early on with everyday situations such as a forward trot and canter on the trail, riding past horse pastures, or walking through puddles in the outdoor ring, will make him a reliable and motivated partner.


Further videos in this series: 

Just Paul Part 1: First Dressage Training Session with Paul Stecken 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:

  • How Just Paul is introduced to working on the lunge
  • About the importance of variety in the training of a young horse
  • Why Ingrid Klimke loves to go on a trail ride after it rained
  • How to successfully get a young horse used to important everyday situations

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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