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 ❤️

Merry Christmas!

It’s this time of the year…

The time to say ‘THANK YOU’ to all my incredible sponsors & supporters and to the most awesome, caring & loving crowd of followers.

We are now over 104k and daily growing and I am well aware of the responsibility I have towards you. It is overwhelming and sometimes even a bit frightening to imagine that we could fill more than a huge stadion all together.

And I feel humbled and blessed that all of you are so positive and supporting. I started my Instagram for a few good reasons but mainly because I wanted to share my love for horses and it makes me so soooo happy that now we are all together spreading this love!

So keep on loving and working happier (and harder) and commenting because I love every single one of you ❤️

Have a wonderful merry christmas with all your loved ones, keep on dreaming big and stay tuned…

love,

Nicola

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Keksi & Bofi

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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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