Just Paul Part 4: The Leg Aids and a Correct Contact



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In this video, Just Paul has been training with Ingrid Klimke for almost six months and starts to be familiar with the use of the riding aids. Ingrid receives regular help in the dressage from her mentor, retired Major, Paul Stecken, his vast experience, and insistence on the correct fundamentals being helpful for all riders.

It is important at the beginning of his education to make sure the young horse understands the aids so that there are no misunderstandings and the horse learns day by day to react to the subtlest signals given by the rider. Ingrid Klimke explains how she teaches the horse to react sensitively and promptly to the leg aids and what role spurs and whips have in her training.

As Just Paul finds it very easy to curl behind the vertical he sometimes goes behind the bit. We see very clearly how Ingrid Klimke, through the correct use of the necessary aids, teaches him to develop a correct contact with the bit. 

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 3: Dressage Training in Windy and Noisy Conditions
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:

  • What Ingrid does when her horse doesn’t react to a quiet leg aid
  • The best way to ride a horse that comes easily behind the bit
  • What does Paul Stecken expect from a 4-year-old horse

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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