DVD In Hand Work Fritz Stahlecker

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In Hand Work ForYoung Dressage horses. Part Two

Fritz Stahlecker Part Two : Advanced Work Horses are like children their ability to learn is greater in the first years of life. If horses are carefully and gently trained in-hand the first years of their life their qualities will be fostered well and perfect results can be achieved later on.

With his exceptional hand-saddle-hand method, Fritz Strahlecker shows how to train movements up to advanced dressage exercises with young only three year old horses - gently without any stress and considering important sport psychological aspects. If the horse is backed at the age of four the rider can start on an already advanced horse that knows the exercises and that has already developed the necessary muscles to carry the rider without any problems. He continues to train collection and cadence in-hand later on - this is of great advantage for the body and the soul of the horse.

Legerete - riding without a strong influence of the hand - is what every rider should strive for. The well padded schooling bridle of Fritz Stahlecker was especially designed for the basic in-hand training. The young horse learns basic exercises without the irder's weight without any bit. His mind gets challenged yet there will be no resistance which has the positive result of no tension or wrong movements. The horse will be ready for high performance training. All those who prefer aethestetics and creativity rather than force and strength when training dressage horses will love this DVD.

Fritz Stahecker a textile engineer born in 1925 has worked with horses also difficult horses since he was a child. His opinion is the biggest mistakes result from a violent use of the reins. Inspired by the Legerete one of the basic principles of the Romanic riding style he developed his own training method and has already trained various horses up to advanced level.

Duration: Approximately 58 minutes.

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Note: Please bear in mind that every horse is different and this table is a guide only. We have many different styles to suit all shapes and sizes. New Zealand & Euro sizes are measured from the top of the horse. (Withers to tail. C-D) UK, USA & Australian sizes are measured at the bottom of the horse. (From the centre of the chest to the rear. A-B)

How to Choose The Right Fit

The fit of your rug is very important to ensure the optimal comfort and ease of movement for your horse. Since horses of the same height at the wither come in a variety of shapes and sizes, it is useful to take careful measurements of your horse to choose the right size rug.

Using a soft tape measuring tape, measure from (A) t the centre point of the chest, across the point of the shoulder and to the point (B) the rear of the hind legs where you would like the rug to finish.

How do I know that I have the right fit

A well fitting rug will not move or rub your horse.


  • Place the rug forward and in front of the wither. The chest buckle should be fastened on the first or second hole, leaving a small gap. Further back than this the horse may need a larger size.
  • The neck line should sit well up on the neck clear of the shoulder with the shoulder gussets correctly positioned on the point of the shoulder.
  • The rug should finish at the top of the tail for most horses (the tail flap will then cover the rest)
  • Leg straps are looped through each other loose enough to prevent chaffing but not loose enough to hang any where near the horses hocks.
  • Leg strap clips should face inwards to the horse to reduce the chance of catching on fences or other hazards.



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