Very darned cool! I love Uta Graf anyway. Will those DVDs at the website be compatible with our players? Does that even matter if you're going to play them on your laptop? I went to Amazon, but couldn't find them there.
Nice. Thankfully this sort of philosophy isn't nearly as rare now as it once was, but it's still lovely to see it profiled. Re: the DVDs, you need to ask about the region coding. You'll need Region 1 for the US and Canada, and most DVD players and laptops won't play others (though there are always ways around that depending on how creative or clever you are).
Happy athletes, much? I LOFF Uta with a capital L and if I had the money would ship myself and the Boy to her this.fast. But, I'm so glad she's coming out with the vids; they're tops on my list for summer watching. Thanks for posting MM.
I met her when I was living in Germany. She had just won the GP on one of her stallions at a local show where I lived (Böblingen). She was super, super nice! I'm glad to see that she's making a name for herself (this was a few years ago).
Oregon, sitting on my couch looking out the window at a mountain
Well I just watched the DVD so here's my review.
I'd rent it vs. buy it - don't think there's $120 worth of information in there for me personally, but ymmv.
Lots of footage of Uta riding various horses at various stages in their training. Not a lot of "new" information, really. In talking about how to motivate a horse and keep it happy, there's the usual - don't be too demanding, give the horse frequent breaks, have variety in a schooling session, ride the horse forward, etc. There's a section on her management practices which is to give her horses lots of turnout - lots. It looks like they live in stall/paddocks, then get to out in a herd to a huge pasture where they run around and play. She said it is a very important part of her program and that it makes the horses easier to work with and also keeps them fit and is good for their joints to be moving around all the time. There was a small section on working equitation, which was shown with her partner on a much smaller Iberian horse. Talk about diet (lots of roughage available at all times), stallion handling, ground work, hacking out, and some footage of how she makes do in the wintertime rounded it out.
Good video to rent. There really were no "how tos" in there that are anything new under the sun, but the scenery and horses and riding were fun to watch!