A healthy upbringing and responsible handling which fosters positive experiences - these are the basic requirements when it comes to producing a calm and reliable riding horse which is able to achieve it's full potential. In this DVD the classical training programme is followed consistently and to the letter. Even when the horse is being trained for competitive dressage, Klaus Balkenhol’s Remonte horses are also ridden cross-country and over jumps. It takes about two years to create a Remonte and Klaus shows what is expected of his horses from the ages of 3-5. The basic rule is 'make demands on the horse, but never demand too much'. The result is a physically mature horse who is able to do what is asked and who has full trust in human beings and its rider. Klaus offers a fascinating insight is into stallion grading in Germany. It's quite an eye-opener to see what's expected of 3 years old in the 90 day test -stallions are put their paces by their usual trainers as well as test riders, under the constant scrutiny of assessors. Klaus also explains his views as to where modern approaches to dressage training and judging are going wrong.
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This DVD has both English and German language options for you to choose from when you view and is in PAL format.
Running time: 1hour 28 minutes
"I bought Klaus Balkenhol's 'Foal to Grand Prix' Parts 1 and 2, plus his life story DVDs and enjoyed them so much I thought I would complete the set with the rest of the Klaus videos available on Horse Hero. I also have the book (Riding with Sympathetic Hands) which accompanies the DVDs. Klaus is such an understanding man. Although there are not "how to do it" style DVDs, his knowledge and understanding of the horses shine through and you gain valuable insight to his training methods. Even horses with problems are included, so its not just the finished horse or the non-problematic horse that is discussed. Long may Klaus live to give others the chance to experience his outstanding way of training horses. I would recommend these DVDs to anyone!" Jeanette Beevor-Reid