Dressage sport – holistic approach to success Part 4: Management and health of the horse



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One of the keys to success for riders is keeping their horses mentally fit. Only when our partner is happy and relaxed is the mental framework in place so he can do his best for us.

This is the reason the management of their horses is so important to Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and her brother Benjamin Werndl. Together they run the stable Gut Aubenhausen in Southern Germany. The siblings describe how they balance between competing and the needs of a horse, designed to be constantly grazing. It is also important to them that the horses go out daily, various ways of exercising and feeding that mimics nature as closely as possible.  Jessica von Bredow-Werndl explains how vital the quality of the roughage is and how she ensures every horse is given enough hay.

The osteopath, veterinarian, saddler, and farrier all play an essential part in the management of the horse program, they massage their horses themselves before riding, which all adds up to their horses feeling the best they possibly can.

You will learn in this video:

  • The philosophy and approach towards the management of the horse
  • Their warming program and the reasons behind it
  • How they massage their horses and why

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl is one of Germany’s up and coming riders. She won the team gold in Tryon last year. She and her brother, Benjamin Werndl, train dressage horses at their stable, Gut Aubenhausen. 

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