The young gelding “Just Paul” had just started his dressage training with Ingrid Klimke in the first two parts of this series. Ingrid Klimke receives help from her mentor Paul Stecken. The aids are explained to the young horse from the very beginning of the warm-up. Guiding him with the outside rein, half halts and lengthening the strides in trot are practiced.
Due to wind and building work going on near the arena Just Paul is quite distracted, getting tense and shying. Ingrid Klimke works on getting him to pay attention and relax in his body and mind by riding quietly, staying relaxed and rewarding him with her voice. Nearly two months later Just Paul is much more advanced in his dressage training and does the cavaletti work without worrying about the noise and building work going on next to the arena.
Further videos in this series:
Just Paul Part 1: First dressage training session with Paul Stecken for the young horse
Just Paul Part 2: A varied training for the young horse
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
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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
Lateral movements are of great importance when it comes to gymnasticizing the horse. Shoulder-in, travers, renvers and counter shoulder-in, as well as fluidly transitioning from one to another result in a chance to play with the balance of the horse. Well executed, those movements lead to an increase in flexibility, suppleness and a prompt reaction to the aids of the rider.
Duration: 10:44 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: 19:09 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
Philippe Karl gives us not only a theoretical understanding but also explains how to put this into practice, today teaching a horse the canter transitions. He uses various arena figures and lateral work to help the horse. It is interesting to watch how the French Master teaches the flying changes, from working canter to counter canter on a circle. A high degree of collection is necessary before commencing the canter pirouettes.
Duration: 21:19 Minutes
Those who wish to understand the philosophy of Philippe Karl and his School of Légèreté should firstly understand the theoretical aspects behind it. The foundation of his teachings is harmony and balance between horse and rider. The effectiveness of the rider plays a deciding role on the journey their training takes.
Duration: 10:59 Minutes