Eventer Louise Skelton has a dressage one-to-one with Olympic medallist Bettina Hoy in this week’s Horse & Hound.

Louise, 31, won Blair Castle in 2005 and completed Badminton for the first time in 2007.

Bettina helps Louise with increasing the suppleness of her horse Evamore and working on her position.

Bettina says: “In dressage it’s vital to have a critical eye on the ground. With all the great dressage successes there are three elements — the horse, the rider and the trainer.”

Also in this week’s installment:

  • Louise Skelton discusses shared kit with the saddler and going easy on the starch with the equine nutritionist

Show jumper Michael Potter:

  • discusses expectations with the sports psychologist
  • talks about being one-sided with the human physiotherapist
  • gets the loriner’s tips on fitting a curb chain correctly

Dressage rider Matt Hicks:

  • has his horse’s gait analysed
  • talks suppleness with the equine osteopath

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