Teaching a
New Horse
New Tricks

07 August 2018

Para-Dressage athlete Natasha Baker is  doing a lot of tests with her 9-year-old horse Diva as they prepare for the FEI World Equestrian Games in September…

In the first of a four-part video diary series of with Paralympic medallist Natasha Baker she takes us through what it's like to take a new horse that has never been ridden by a disabled athlete before.

 

The challenge has been teaching Diva all her cues without feeling Natasha’s legs guiding her.

 

Watch the full video below!

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Natasha is already on the road to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 in Tryon and can't wait to get back in front of the Judges.

In order to qualify for WEG this year, Natasha has had to do a lot of competitions after sitting out for a year in 2017.

 

“I cannot wait to get back in front of the judges again. I’ve missed it so so much.”

 

Baker said riding Diva is “literally her favourite place to be in the world.”

 

Natasha explains that with goals of competing at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in September, the pair have had to get their “backsides into gear pretty darn quick.”

 

“I’m really, really excited to get underway. I’m feeling quite confident, but slightly nervous as well."

 

“She was amazing. There’s just a few things that I need to polish up on before our next competition," Natasha says. 

 

“I just feel so lucky to be able to ride such an amazing horse.”

 

“Hopefully it’s onwards and upwards!"

 

Don't miss a moment of WEG 2018! Tune into FEI TV in September for all the action.