Inside Wetzlgut special edition for bloggers & friends

The last editon of Inside Wetzlgut was a very special one. Due to the huge response to this format I decided to dedicate one day especially to my blogger friends.

As a very special surprise PS of Sweden personally came (say Jennifer Nyman, the brand’s Marketing PR and social media representative) to bring gifts, talk about upcoming collections and answer all questions. I am still so humbled and honored about this appearance to underline the very special relationship and cooperation I have with PS of Sweden since now almost 3 years.

But it seemed to be the day of special surprises, as the girls of Dressageteam KK, Lena and Antonia, not only came to attend but also made a beautiful video of the:

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and here are some more impressions:

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Inside Wetzlgut -edition 2 & 3

Time flies, and Inside Wetzlgut number 2 and 3 already took place.

I am so happy to have chosen this small format, because it really gave us the chance for very personal, individual and detailed discussions. Also I had the chance  to get to know every single one of you ☺️

Next weekend on the 26th of January 2019 there will be the last day of Inside Wetzlgut -for now, but as everyone loved it so much I am quite sure some new editions will follow whenever my this year’s rather tight show schedule will allow it.

Because the last 2 weekends had been so much fun I wanted to share some of the best moments with you ❤️

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Inside Wetzlgut

This year I wanted to do something very special for my Instagram followers for xmas. So as my present I decided to invite a small group of people (6-10) on 4 days in January to our stable to give them a very private & close insight to my daily work.

The first edition took place last Saturday, 12th of January 2019 and the next dates will be 19, 20 and 26th of January 2019.

I know that there are many more of you out there who are craving to come and visit Stall Wetzlgut, so please do not be sad, there will be other events, open days and opportunities to visit in the future…

This is a little clip our friend Bernhard Handl did during last Saturday’s first edition of ‘Inside Wetzlgut’

Happy New Year 2019

 

 

Happy New Year to all of you!

First of all I want to wish you a very happy, successful 2019 full of joy, luck and health for you and all your four-legged friends.

Lately I totally neglected this website as I was feverishly working on a new project which I hoped I could launch end of 2018. But as I am the perfectionist you all know, I was not satisfied with the outcome so it unfortunately will take a little longer than expected.

Anyways I will try to keep this website updated as good as possible. In any case you will be totally up to date if you follow my Instagram @nicolabaurdressage and perhaps this site will give just a little extra insight to my daily life and routines at Stall Wetzlgut.

I have updated the horses section, especially the ones new to this website Upsi, Didi and Floris.

And what’s happening next:

On three weekends in January I am very happy to welcome a tiny group of Instagramers to spend a day with me at the stables, see our daily training as well as grooming, feeding, etc routine and ask as many questions as they can think of. This was this years xmas present to my followers… but to everyone who will not be there: please do not be sad, there is much more planned for this year so just stay tuned & you will see 😉

Beginning of February I will have my first competition. It will be the preparation for the international qualifiers beginning of March and I am rather excited. Upsi will compete for sure, but we will still see about all the others -will keep you posted on this too 😉

xoxo Nicola

 

The All about Wetzlgut Event -first insight

The All about Wetzlgut event was such a unique experience for me and I still cannot believe how many of you came and how much fun we had. This video by Dressage Team KK is a first insight for all who could not be there as well as again a huge Thank You to all of my family, team, sponsors and supporters who came from far abroad to be there in person. And just once again a very special Thank You to my trainer and the two wonderful tutors.

Hope you will love the video as much as I do -thank you Antonia & Lena ❤️

Get to know my favourite brands & sponsors part 6: Winderen Equestrian

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In this 6th part of presenting my favourite brands and sponsors it is all about a very new and exciting company I got to know last autumn: Winderen Equestrian produces very innovative and technical saddle pads and as I am always looking for ways to improve the well-being of my horses I was happy  to test the pads over a few months. I felt that especially the young horses did not tire as fast in the back. I then had the horses examined by my vet and physiotherapist who too came to the same conclusion. The pad definitely had improved the horses during training and helped avoiding to much stress in that sensitive area of the back.

I thought it would be exciting to read a bit about the history and even more so about the future plans of Winderen Equestrian.

 

How did you come to build up a company for equestrian equipment, and why (what drives you)?
We are a group of people who combine their work with passion. We are coming from fields of technology, design and industrial manufacturing but privately we are horse riders. Riding has always been our greatest passion and a way of life.
Winderen brand was created from linking professional experience with real needs of horses and riders that we experienced. By observing the world around us, we noticed that there is a room for innovative products that can make horses and riders life easier, more comfortable and – most of all – safer.

Our driving force is satisfaction of the people who notice (usually quite fast) the difference in their riding comfort and horse behavior while using Winderen’s products. And for us it’s just amazing to witness it working and bringing joy!

 

What is the company’s philosophy?

In Winderen we decided to focus on creating products that have real and noticeable impact on the riding issues we are aware of. Each and every one of our products helps riders, horses or both in the same time.

Moreover, our brand aims to bring new technologies into the equestrian world and by that helps to increase the comfort of riding in a new way. We also care about design!

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What materials & technology do you use and how do you test it? What is your policy concerning environment and recyclable materials?

Our production process starts from identifying the need – once we know what kind of issue we want to solve we start to build prototype and search for material that we can use.

Finding the right components is the first step. We test solutions that are already on the market and consult our partners from different fields, e.g. chemistry or physics. Sometimes we find out that there is no known component that we can use and in that case we move on to creating unique material only for our usage. We collaborate with global manufacturers and we make sure all of the materials are safe for horses and riders.

Once the materials are in place we’re moving to phase two: prototyping. First prototypes are always tested on our own horses – we know them best and we can easily observe the impact of the product on them. Prototyping phase is the most important and also most time-consuming. It means constant iteration: making materials better, shaping product differently, testing, applying corrections. In that phase the product changes constantly both visually and functionally.
Later on, we’re expanding our trail groups with Winderen‘s Ambassadors and Consultants – it’s a group of people we trust when it comes to honest feedback on the product. All of these people work with horses on daily basis (as professional riders, vets, trainers, physiotherapists) and they just know how to “hear what horses have to say”.
Throughout entire process we have just one thing on our minds – the product has to work. It has to solve issues we are addressing and serve horses and riders. In reality in means months of work and endless trails. But it’s all worth it!

In the moment when we are sure the product has all the functions needed we’re moving to phase three: design. Here we’re focusing on visual side of the product. We’re selecting shapes, colours and adding finish touches, also creating packages and accessories.

Although we are using components from around the world, we decided to focus our manufacturing locally – in Poland. We wanted to make sure that we have an impact on factories and vendors we collaborate with, making sure it’s all done sustainably and with the respect to environment. We know each and every single one of our producers personally. We see them face to face and they understand the philosophy behind Winderen.

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What are your plans & goals for the future? Are there new products/lines/etc planned?

In the nearest future we’re launching three new products: stirrups, bits and tack lockers. Every single one of these product bring new quality to the market.

First, Winderen‘s stirrups are designed to have double absorbers system – something eventers and jumpers can truly appreciate as the main purpose of the stirrups is to reduce the excessive forces on riders legs and joints. Next, our synthetic, resilient to the bites bits with interchangeable shank were created to suit even the most sensitive horses. And last but not least, Winderen‘s electric drive tack lockers with it’s own power supply, electric dryer, freezes, music player, phone charging slots, electric saddle pads dryer and many things that every rider can make a use of during competitions.

Once all of these three product are on the market we’ll be back to working on more prototypes. And we can assure you – our heads are full of new ideas!

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All about ‘All about Wetzlgut’

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One week ago on January 20, 2018 the ‘All about Wetzlgut’ event took place. What at first started out as a small idea grew into a proper event. As it was the first time ever I opened my stable doors to the public I wanted to offer a full insight to everything that is important to me.

So I made a list, that started with young horse training and ended with gummy bears…

At 12am guests started to arrive and Bad Gastein showed its most beautiful postcard-winter wonderland-sunny weather-face. Just perfect for welcoming everyone in front of the stables with a cup of hot glogg and a photo wall to take first pics.

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Gastein at its best

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welcome to Wetzlgut!

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Glogg, sun & snow

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I am still overwhelmed everyone came -most traveling really far (Norway, Sweden, Italy etc). Also almost all my sponsors came and we finally had the chance to meet in person and chat.

We started the afternoon’s programme with a tour through the stable, so everyone could meet all the horses. When planning the event’s schedule I had wondered how the horses would react to such a crowd of people in their usually very quiet home and I learned that they had the time of their life.

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Introduction

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meet Keksi

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…so many people!

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meet Nessie

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meet Santi

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Next was showing some of the horses in training together with my trainer Jochen Rothleitner. Since we started organising ‘All about Wetzlgut’ I was thinking how I should do it and what I wanted to show and communicate. We discussed it a lot and finally decided on not doing the usual ‘display’, like on stallion shows or auctions but to try to make it an interactive dialogue with the audience. I wanted people to ask as many questions as possible and me on horse back and my trainer would answer.

This turned out to be (I believe not only for me) really interesting and good fun. We were discussing topics from how to lunge correctly and what we focus on doing so, how to adjust the side reins and why, etc. How to develop first piaffe steps and why it is a good exercise to not only enhance the horse’s health but also the communication between horse and rider. To how to sit smoothly and correctly on a horse, with me ending up explaining & showing whilst trotting Harry one-handed in front of the stands… lol.

Most amazing for me was to see how my young horses, like Harry or Santi for example, managed the whole situation. It was not only the stands, displays, buffet and many people but also the sound system, lighting  and the whole atmosphere which they had to cope with and they handled it like true future champions.

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the stalls

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seating with goodie bags

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everyone is seated

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explaining while riding *lol

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how to sit

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piaffe in hand

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After this ‘practical’ part we had two lectures. Nina Hammarstrom, equine nutritionist with whom I am working since May 2017 talked about aspects in nutrition especially for sport horses. Vet Antonia Zanker, Pferdeklinik Wolfesing -my trusted vet clinic, spoke about tendon injuries and how to deal with and heal them. Although we had installed some heaters on the stalls and provided blankets and hot drinks -it was rather cold, but no one could be shied away from following the lectures with keen interest. Again it was not designed as one way communication but an open discussion and if it had not been for the dinner to be served I guess we would have never stopped talking! Once again a display of what a tough bunch of people we equestrians are (as long as we can talk about our favourite topic…)

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Nina Hammarstrom

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Antonia Zanker

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After the lectures during dinner my sponsors Back on Track and Acuswedemat had prepared surprise lotteries, so two lucky guests had the chance to win a set of my favourite Back on Track PK Scandic bandage wraps (underlayers) and a new Acuswedemat that I indeed use almost daily to relax my back muscles. -Special thanks to both companies for that!

But also all my other sponsors and cooperating brands provided displays of their newest and signature products and a separate blog story on all the exciting new tack will follow!

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During dinner I finally had the time to sit (at least briefly) with everyone and have a little chat and for me it felt as if we all had known eachother for ages. The truth is, that thanks to all the social media we indeed do know eachother -even nicer it was to meet in person!

So what’s left to say is: THANK YOU everyone for traveling all the way to the mountains and for making my first event such a wonderful lovely experience I decided we will for sure do another ‘All about Wetzlgut’ event in the nearer future…

xxx Nicola

 

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all pics by awesome Marktl Photography, Manuel Marktl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just for you: Stall Wetzlgut homestory part 1

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As my Instagram has reached incredible 99.7k followers yesterday I really wanted to give you something very personal. For the first time in German, but don’t worry I think you will be able to follow, and we are already planning an English version too 😉

The idea & all the filming, music & creative work was done by Antonia Koch & Lena Kaindlstorfer aka Dressage Team KK.  Their YouTube channel is called Dressage Team KK and I will link them also on Instagram so you can follow them and their amazing videos ❤️

Und hier ist Teil 1 meiner Homestory -als eines meiner großen ‘Dankeschöns’ für all Eure Unterstützung, Interesse und lieben Kommentare und dafür dass Ihr meine Liebe zu den Pferden und dem Sport täglich mit mir teilt!

xoxo Eure Nicola

Young horse training part 3: getting on

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It has been quite a time since part 2, so we really have to catch up now, because if you are following my Instagram you for sure have already seen what a model pupil Nessie has become.

Last time I told you how we started the communication while lunging, how I start doing small transitions with the young horses and mainly already implement all basics that would be needed when riding.

Since Nessie loves to work and is such a clever boy, he improved rapidly so I felt save to start getting on. Since he had a break since spring and also behaved rather green we started once again from the very beginning.

This means after I lunged him, Anita held him and I started getting on, first just leaning on the saddle and when he seemed to be ok with it slowly getting into the saddle. Still standing, still being held. What I like to do is while in saddle cuddling and talking to him, also Anita was feeding him a little treat to avoid any tensions and make this the most wonderful experience.

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After he was fine with me in the saddle we proceeded with walking in hand. Again with lots of appreciation and talking. What I also like while doing these first exercises with young horses is music and various other distractions -no I am not talking about heavy construction works or other bucking horses in the arena 😉 but I find it easier if the environment is not absolutely sterile but as ‘normal’ as possible. In our case this means music, the clicking of the camera, noises from the grooming place, the tractor, etc.

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While walking in hand I try to build a little connection to the bit and also see how the horse reacts to my legs, to slightly adjusting the weight etc and I ask to widen the distance between the person leading and the horse so that in our next step we will be on the lunge. And if this feels right I prefer trotting to walking, so the young horse can move forward and needs to concentrate on moving rather than on its environment.

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Even on our first cautious rounds Nessie gave a wonderful feeling. For his young age he already is quite balanced and has this natural ‘go’. Although I also had a super nice connection to the bit I preferred to have him on the lunge for a couple of times, as our arena is quite big and I really wanted to avoid any misunderstandings or miscommunication steering wise. As I said before, for me it is all about building trust and therefor I gladly accept progressing a bit slower than perhaps usual. In my opinion (and experience) the time and patience spent in these first training units is easily saved later once you trust and know each other.

So after a few times on the lunge we finally removed it and did our first rounds ‘free’. It was a very proud moment, as proud as you probably are when doing your first three or more one-tempi changes…and I can tell you Nessie was proud too (at least he behaved like he was) and very tired… although it was just a training unit of 30 minutes and the actual ‘riding’ time was for sure less than 10 minutes it takes all his mental strength and concentration. I am always overwhelmed of how hard our horses try to please us and what a privilege it is to train these amazing creatures. So I always try to ‘listen’ hard and feel in order not to exhaust the young horse, because as I said before if you end your unit right both of you will look forward to the next one.

And if we are talking about ending a training unit: I always try to do one correct transition to walk and see that the horse proceeds in medium to extended walk with longer reins and again lots of vocal appreciation (yes indeed you can shout ‘good boy, super boy, such a gorgeous boy’ (or girl) I swear they will understand 😉 …) and cuddling, then I will do a correct halt and see that the horse really stands still for a bit, again high praise and only then I will get off.

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