DVD Laura Bechtolsheimer and Her Grand Prix Horses
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.
This is a privileged insight into Laura's training at home with two Grand Prix Horses Mistral Hojris and Andretti H. Working with her father and trainer Dr B we also watch as Laura creates her new Kur and we enjoy the finished item.
She rides it for the first time at the Hickstead Dressage Masters 09. Working Andretti with Dr B. Dr Bechtolsheimer works with Laura and Andy (Andretti) on staying happy athletic and precise between competitions. Andy is tricky in the contact so Laura works on softness in the basic and advanced moves without putting him under pressure.
Making Laura's new Kur Laura enlists the help of dressage music expert Cees Slings to make a new Kur for Mistral Horjis (Alf who is not keen on music! They work on the choregraphy on computer and then work under saddle in preparation for composing the music.
Premiere of the new Kur Laura premieres her new Kur at the Hickstead Dressage Masters '09. We interview Laura talk to trainer Klaus Balkenhol watch the warm up (Laura works alongside Edward Gal and Totilas) and see Laura's test.
How to fit a Double Bridle. Grand Prix dressage rider Carl Cuypers provides a super clear explanation of this tricky art. Douglas Dorsey the horse that put Laura Bechtolsheimer on the map is the perfect model! How to hold a Double Bridle Laura demonstrates how to hold double reins on Alf. She talks about the need for gradual familarisation and offers advice on improving rein control.
Running time: Approx. 1 hour
Need help on Sizing?
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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