DVD The Baby and Finished Horse

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DVD Training with Laura Bechtolsheimer

The Baby and The Finished Horse

Laura and Dr B develop the core work and begain preparing the youngsters for their first dressage tests. Laura teaches Joey simple changes by breaking the move down into small pieces.

Step and Teddy perform practise tests and Dr B offers invaluable advice on ring-craft. It's a privilege to see the younsters at the start of their careers!

Laura is the Youngest rider to win the National Championships and to represent Great Britain in dressage Laura made her Olympic debut in 2008. In 2009 she took team silver and individual bronze medals at the European Championships and in 2010 she won three silver medals at the World Equestrian Games.

Laura takes us from one end of the training spectrum to the other. Working with her 4 year old Stepdance (Step) she demonstrates the focus of training in the very early days. Laura then showcases her Grand Prix horse and Olympic partner Mistral Hojris (Alf) who is at the top of his game.

Introduction: Horse Hero's Fiona Price sets the scene at the Bechtolsheimers' fabulous yard. Laura starts the four year old Stepdance: Using simple and unusual equipment Laura lunges Stepdance (Step) in preparation for riding. She emphasises the use of body language and the need to move with the horse.

An early ridden session: The aim is harmony and balance to achieve the right rhythm and speed. "The cooperation of a happy baby is a pre-requisite for creating a beautiful Grand Prix Horse" says Dr Bechtolsheimer Laura's trainer. Laura's lesson on Mistral Hojris with Klaus Balkenhol.

Here's the finished horse Laura's Olympic partner Mistral Hojris (Alf). The theme is self-carriage suppleness and expression. Alf is poetry to watch! Laura talks about Step and Alf. We find out about the character and conformation of Step and Alf and what Laura loves most about them.

Laura rides at the Nationals. Laura competes at the British National Championships '08 with another grand prix horse Andretti H. We follow Laura through the competition including the warm-up and the tests. Find out what happened!

Duration: 1:00.37

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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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