Basic Training of the Young Horse: Dressage, Jumping, Cross-country

Basic Training of the Young Horse: Dressage, Jumping, Cross-country

by Ingrid Klimke, Reiner Klimke

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Over thirty years after the first publication of Reiner Klimke's classic work comes this new fourth edition, with completely new photos and updated by his daughter, Ingrid. Based on sound practical and theoretical advice, this instructional handbook gives advice on establishing a specific training plan for recreational riders as well as competition riders to enable them to train their young horses successfully. Every aspect of the education of a young horse is covered, including: basic education and handling from foalhood; lungeing and free-schooling; backing and training under saddle; developing impulsion from suppleness; assessing and improving basic gaits; cavalletti work; jumping training; cross-country training and, finally, preparing for the first competition.

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ISBN-13: 9781908809919
Publisher: Crowood Press, The
Publication date: 10/21/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 350,040
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

The name Klimke is synonymous with good riding. The late Dr Reiner Klimke was the most successful dressage rider in the world. His daughter Ingrid Klimke follows in the footsteps of her famous father. An Olympic and European gold medallist, she is one of very few riders to have achieved major successes at the highest level in both dressage and three-day eventing.
The name Klimke is synonymous with good riding. The late Dr Reiner Klimke was the most successful dressage rider in the world - not only was he an Olympic gold medallist, World Dressage Champion and European Dressage Chanpion, but also European Horse Trials Champion. All his victories and medals were won on horses he had trained himself.

Table of Contents

Preface: Remembering Dr Reiner Klimke Paul Stecken 12

1 Basic education 15

The aim of basic training 15

The handling and education of young horses 18

Education begins as a foal 19

How old should a horse be to start ridden work? 22

The transition from field to stable 24

Observing the horse 27

Getting the horse used to saddle and bridle 30

Leading in hand 33

2 Lungeing and free-schooling 39

The first stage of lungeing 38

Lunge equipment 40

Using the aids 43

Lungeing before the initial mounting and riding 44

We make progress 46

Free-schooling in the indoor arena 48

3 Training under saddle 52

Riding for the first time 52

The development of basic training 59

Planning a ridden session 66

Suppling exercises in the first year 68

Collecting exercises in the second year 70

Practical experience 71

Controlling the working environment 74

4 Developing impulsion from suppleness 77

Learning the aids 77

Obedience to the forward-driving aids 78

Establishing a contact (use of the poll) 79

Obedience to the aids for lateral movement 82

Riding on curved lines 86

Full and half-halts 92

Rein-back 96

5 The basic gaits: assessment and Improvement 101

Riding straight - the natural crookedness of the horse 101

Improving the basic gaits 104

Trot 105

Canter 110

Walk 119

The effect of conformation on basic training 117

The efect of temperament on basic training 123

6 Cavalletti work 126

How it began 126

Theory 127

Practical equipment 130

On the lunge 132

Cavalletti work under the rider on straight fines 136

Cavalletti work under the rider on curved lines 141

7 Jumping training 146

Free-jumping in the first year of training 146

The goals 146

Methods 147

Tips for the best way of developing training 150

Jumping training for young horses 152

The first jump on the long side 153

Gymnastic jumping with cavalletti - gridwork 155

Jumping single obstacles 160

Jumping grids and combinations 160

Jumping a simple course 161

Problems and tips for solving them 163

8 Cross-country training 167

Getting used to the great outdoors 167

Rules 168

Equipment 168

The first hack 169

Suppling exercises when you hack 170

Riding up and down hills 172

The first natural obstacle 173

Getting used to water 176

Jumping steps 178

Jumping in and out of water 182

Stairs and drop jumps 184

Ditches 186

Other obstacles 189

9 Preparing for the first competition 193

Tips for the first competition 193

Postscript 199

Appendix 201

Training plan from basic work to the first competition 201

Featured horses and riders 208

Index 211

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