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I have long been a believer in working horses in long lines as youngsters, preferring to avoid a snap on the bit that comes with traditional side reins. Dr. Bechtolsheimer shows you the special equipment he uses to do work in long lines and it is very helpful. Also see Fritz Stahlecker In hand Training DVDs if you are interested in this - also available here at TheHorseStudio.com. The work recovering the beautiful Donnerhall gelding Joey with Klaus Balkenhol has some interesting tips for working your young horse especially with regard to half halts and serpentine work and how to assure good introduction of the min half halt. The following session Laura talks as she rides and shows us two different equine athletes of similar ages but requiring completely different work, especially as one comes from the German sales (auctions) and one is a very tall/big horse requiring more time. Most importantly Klaus tells us, not to overdo a training session.
My only criticism is that the riders, who are very talented, are not wearing riding helmets.
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In Laura Bechtolsheimer and Dr. B Train Their Future Stars the Bechtolsheimers start their stunning youngsters on the ground and under saddle. Their approach is patient and considerate. Dr B provides a masterly demonstration of long-reining and interprets Laura’s lesson with renowned German trainer Klaus Balkenhol.
This DVD is broken down into the following chapters:
• Dr. Bechtolsheimer Long-Reins Step – Dr. B demonstrates long reining on the 5 year old Stepdance (Step). He explains how this teaches youngsters to understand the contact, half halts and transitions without the hindrance of a rider. His calmness is a tonic.
• Starting the 4 Year Old Joey – Laura shows her stunning 4 year old to trainer Klaus Balkenhol and Dr. B translates the lesson which is given in German. Klaus asks Laura to find a regular rhythm and contact and to make corrections quietly. Joey works from a long rein to a loose rein. Short intervals of collected work then follow and the start of half halts. The session is perfectly timed to suit Joey’s concentration span!
• Stars for the Future – Teddy and Stepdance (Step) are 5 year olds but are at different stages of training due to their size and conformation. Laura rides Step and Carl Cuypers rides the enormous Teddy. Their work seems similar but differs in intensity. Step is able to collect and balance, take sitting trot and a deeper seat. Carl rides Teddy tactfully with shallow corners so he can maintain his balance.
Laura Bechtolsheimer was the youngest rider to win the National Championships and to represent Great Britain in dressage. She made her Olympic debut in 2008, and in 2009 won Team Silver and Individual Bronze at the FEI European Championships at Windsor setting a new Great Britain record. In 2010, she won three Silver Medals at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, including Team Silver. In 2011 she won a Team Gold Medal at the FEI European Championships at Rotterdam.And of course she was a member of the Olympic gold medal winning British team in 2012.
64 mins. NTSC USA/Canada format
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