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101 Dressage Exercises for Horse And Rider101 Dressage Exercises for Horse And Rider

Dressage, the equestrian practice in which a horse makes highly precise movements in response to barely perceptible signals from the rider, has taken hold of America's equestrians. Participation rates have risen by 200 percent over the past twenty years, as baby-boomer riders have discovered dressage to be less strenuous and dangerous than jumping, yet offering the satisfaction of mastering techniques and the opportunity to compete and advance to higher levels of achievement.

101 Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider, presented in Storey's highly visual "Read & Ride" format, features a full arena diagram and stepby- step instructions for each exercise. The exercises address all levels of riders, starting with the basics and moving up to maneuvers developed by members of the U.S. Olympic team. Training tips and masterly guidance make this an indispensable reference for all dressage riders. Even Western riders interested in enhancing their performance will find these foundational exercises useful.

Dressage riders are information-hungry readers, often referred to as "the thinking horsemen." This book's sturdy format, combbound and drilled so it can be hung on a ringside post, will appeal to these reading riders, whether in or out of the saddle.


The USDF Guide to DressageThe USDF Guide to Dressage

Once the domain of the equestrian elite, dressage (originating from the French word for "training") is now the most popular equestrian discipline in the United States. Fueled in part by its visibility as an Olympic event, dressage participation levels have reached an all-time high.

This centuries-old practice of classical horsemanship, using time-tested and humane methods, is a slow process that requires patience and discipline, but is beneficial to every horse, regardless of breed. The goal of achieving seamless communication and dance-like precision with the dressage horse appeals to riders of all levels, disciplines, and ages.

In this book, the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), whose membership has doubled in the past 20 years, demystifies basic dressage techniques for riders of all disciplines. Assuming no prior knowledge of the sport, The USDF Guide to Dressage leads riders through a full course of exercises, from simple to more complex, with easy-to-follow photographic sequences, all presented in full-color and demonstrated by outstanding dressage instructors.

This authoritative guide also includes the dramatic and colorful history of dressage, an overview of proper terminology and equipment, as well as information on competition, crosstraining for other disciplines, management of the dressage horse, cross-training for achieving rider fitness, and more.

This intricate ballet of athleticism and grace, demanding precise movement and excellent communication between horse and rider, is particularly appealing to the growing group of "baby-boomer" riders who are looking for opportunities to expand their riding skills and knowledge without the physical challenges and risks involved in jumping and racing. Whether they've been in the saddle for years or are just taking up or renewing their riding practice, these eager riders will find The USDF Guide to Dressage key to building a more satisfying relationship with their horse.


Dressage in HarmonyDressage in Harmony

Maybe the best way to introduce this book to our audience is to quote Max Gahwyler when he read the book when it was in manuscript form: "You must publish this it is superb!" We agree this is, truly, one of, if not the clearest, most readable books on training dressage ever written.

It's just delightful! Warm, sympathetic, and based on the solid foundations that lead to true success in the sport, this book is must reading! As Egon von Neindorf, a recognized master himself, says in the Foreword, "If you are not fortunate enough to be taught by Walter Zettl personally, he gives you in this book a very valuable guide to the art of classical riding. In clearly worked out and easy to understand chapters, he takes you through each step of the training stages, discusses problems that occur, and assists with competent, sensible corrections, from Beginner to becoming a Master.

With Walter Zettl's guidance, it is made possible."


Dressage From A to XDressage From A to X

The only book riders will ever need to help them on the road to successful dressage competition.

While there are many excellent books on the subject of dressage training, there are few that directly address the how-to of competing. From the basics of the sport to the minutest of details, the author provides information on preparing oneself and one's horse mentally and physically, choosing shows and completing entry forms, memorizing and riding the dressage test, selecting and caring for appropriate and legal equipment, grooming, developing a warm-up, evaluating performance, and planning for future improvement.

Barbara Burkhardt, a dressage instructor and competitor for over 35 years, has managed and judged numerous dressage competitions. She lives in Los Lunas, New Mexico.


Common Sense DressageCommon Sense Dressage

This book about dressag explains the challenges of dressage in a straightforward, easy-to-understand fashion, and the graphics are marvelous.


Over 200 photos & illustrations combined with the author's instructive text make for one of the most useful books on dressage ever offered.

Sound practical advice is presented on the progressive training of the horse.

For less than the cost of one riding lesson, this may be the most dog-eared book on your riding bookshelf!


The Elements of DressageThe Elements of Dressage

Everything you need to know to train a horse for dressage or high-level competition.

This in-depth and intelligent volume is a great guide to the basic training of all horses, not just dressage horses. The author's ideas were accessible and easy to follow.

 


The Athletic Development of the Dressage HorseThe Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse

The Howell Equestrian Library is a distinguished collection of books on all aspects of horsemanship and horsemastership. The nearly fifty books in print offer readers in all disciplines and at all levels of competition sound instruction and guidance by some of the most celebrated riders, trainers, judges and veterinarians in the horse world today.

Whether your interest is dressage, show jumping or Western riding, or whether it's breeding, grooming or health care, Howell has a book to answer your needs.
Get to know all the books in the Howell Equestrian Library: many are modern-day classics and have achieved the status of authoritative references in the estimation of those who ride, train and care for horses.

The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse is the first book devoted entirely to classical manege exercises that are ridden to supple, strengthen and, when necessary, correct. Internationally known instructor, coach and judge Charles de Kunffy details a program of exercises that will enable horses at all levels of dressage and combined training to improve their performance as equine athletes. Unlike other dressage books that explain how to exercise a horse in order to ride a standardized test, this book explains how such exercises can and should be used to increase performance ability, suspension, collection and changes of gaits through true patterns and counter patterns that are accompanied by diagrams and demonstration photographs. Those who have attended Charles de Kunffy's clinics know that horses inevitably and rapidly improve under his guidance and that riders themselves improve as well.

And those encountering him for the first time will experience in this, his third dressage book, what others already know: Here is a horseman of uncommon intelligence and wit who expresses himself clearly, simply and elegantly.


Debbie McDonald Riding ThroughDebbie McDonald Riding Through

Olympic medalist Debbie McDonald and her fabulous partner, Brentina, have thrilled crowds the world over with their stunning performances.

In her new book, Riding Through, Debbie describes her system for success in dressage and relates her life story: "There is more than one reason that I call this book Riding Through. Of course, first and foremost, riding through is a dressage term, something you strive for as you attempt to get your horse on the aids and moving back-to-front. You have achieved it when everything the two of you do together is one fluid motion, the ultimate of coordination and expression, in which the horse is maximizing his assets.

It's all about harmony and correctness, summing up the meaning of dressage in a single short phrase. But "riding through" has other meanings for me as well. I've learned to ride through hard times, on and off a horse, when I thought about giving up. We all have to learn about riding through, because that's the only way we will arrive at our destination, whatever it may be." Even if passage and piaffe aren't your ambition, or you don't want to compete in dressage at any level, the good basic riding skills involved in learning this discipline will help you in whatever you want to do with dressage horses whether it's improving adjustability for jumping or just having a more pleasurable trail ride.

And the challenges will keep you interested while you explore the very special connection that develops between human and horse when you're doing meaningful work together.


Cross-Train Your HorseCross-Train Your Horse

Jane Savoie shows how basic dressage techniques can be used to improve every horse's athleticism and performance, no matter what the rider's chosen sport.

Training the Horse in HandTraining the Horse in Hand

An illustrated handbook on training the dressage horse on the lunge line and long reins in the classical Iberian and Viennese styles.

In this handbook about dressage horses you will find fascinating information on the development of the horse, using all methods of work in hand:

* Lungeing
* Long reining
* Training in hand according to the Iberian school
* Training in hand according to the Viennese school
* Schooling between the pillars
* Working with shortened long reins and free long reins

Training The Horse in Hand presents a complete system for the development of the young horse, from its first lessons on the lunge line through the highest levels of dressage. All lessons are discussed, including lateral work, leg-yielding, shoulder-in, piaffe, passage, Spanish walk, and airs above the ground. The author places special value on the use of groundwork as an extension of training under saddle.
The art of riding lies in being able to understand the cause and effect of everything you do. If you abide by these rules when you work with your friend the horse, he will in return be a joyful companion who will be eager to do anything for you.
Nothing written in this book is "my method." There are experiences that are thousands of years old, which I have been allowed to discover in my own life and have become richer for doing so. Everything you read here is therefore "clinically tested" through the skill and knowledge of the old masters and myself, and only written in modern words. So I wish you a tremendous amount of fun as you read and apply this old wisdom.


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