DVD Laura Bechtolsheimer Progress on her Youngsters - Part 2 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. Introduction: Horse Heo's Fiona Price talks to Laura B athe Bectolsheimers' fabulous yard. Laura's Warm-up with Joey Joey can be a little tricky at the beginning so "he determines the length of the warm-up" says Laura. Using exercises to help him relax and let go Laura comments "hind leg activity is a prerequisite for a good connection." Joey learns simple changes Laura begains to work on simple changes. Starting with walk-canter canter-walk transititions on each rein. Laura maintains engagement in the canter. She says "if Joey isn't in front of the leg it's impossible to make a clean transition to walk." Laura rides a Novice Test on Teddy "The scales of training need to be in evidence for this test." says Dr B. "The horse should show relaxation rhythm a steady contact plus a little impulsion but no collection and his movement should not be too flashy. "Dr B offers tips on maximising marks on poorer moves and minimising loss of marks on the better ones! Step's first Elementary test An Elementary test is still early days in a horse's training according to Dr B Judges will want to see evidence of more impulsion better straightness the first degree of collecion and some lateral work. Step does a good job in his debut test performance with Laura!
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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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