Just Paul Part 3: Dressage Training in Windy and Noisy Conditions

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You have already met the young gelding “Just Paul” in the first two episodes of this series. He is still at the very beginning of his training with Ingrid Klimke. Her mentor Major Paul Stecken is coaching her during the dressage training. In the warm-up, the young horse is already receiving a lesson in the rider’s aids. They practice accepting the outside leading rein, half halts, and lengthening the strides.

But Just Paul is quite distracted by the wind and construction noise next to the arena. He is getting tense and shying. Ingrid Klimke works on getting the young gelding’s attention and relaxation back, staying quiet and calm, and praising him whenever possible. When we see this horse again two months later during his cavaletti training, he is already much more relaxed, despite the commotion and noise at the construction site right next to the ring.

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

You will learn in this video:

  • How to handle wind and noise in the training of a young horse
  • How to ride past the spots where the horse spooks
  • How to use the warm-up effectively
  • What success might look like after a few months of consistent dressage training

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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