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1. 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse
2. Kottas on Dressage
3. The Elements of Dressage: A Guide
4. Dressage School: A Sourcebook
5. Death by Dressage
6. Dressage in Harmony: From Basic
7. Tug of War: Classical Versus Modern
8. The Great European Schools of
9. Dressage Formula
10. The USDF Guide to Dressage
11. Dressage in Lightness: Speaking
12. Dressage in the Fourth Dimension
13. Common Sense Dressage: An Illustrated
14. The Beginning Dressage Book: Expert
15. Dressage From A to X: The Definitive
16. Dressage Masters: Techniques and
17. The Dressage Rider's Survival
18. Practical Dressage Manual
19. Dressage Training Customized:
20. Twisted Truths of Modern Dressage:

1. 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider
by Jec Aristotle Ballou
Kindle Edition: 240 Pages (2010-06-24)
list price: US$29.95
Asin: B003WOL56Y
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (36)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to make hacking fun
I love this book and I even gave one to my trainer.Groundwork before jumping gets boring.This book not only makes it more entertaining, it helps you connect with your horse!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great reference!
I love this book!It is full of of useful exercises, and they are arranged in a logical progression/by topic.Sadly, I don't get to use it as often as I would like, because I lend it out so often!

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!
I cannot describe how much I love this book!The way it is put together, the thorough explanations of the exercises and the shear number of them.This is a great way to keep your horse working, limber, conditioned and NOT BORED!The night I received it, I stayed up LATE looking through it because I just couldn't put it down.It is such a great resource to help keep you focused and working with your horse in an organized manner rather than just running around willy-nilly.I ride western and will use this resource over and over and over!THANK YOU!!

5-0 out of 5 stars My Horse Quite Likes This Book!
I think that this book is brilliant. My horse really enjoyed and learnt heaps from the exercises, and so did I. This book is good for people of almost all riding abilities, and for equines that get bored easily! This book, I believe, will be read over and over by just about everyone who reads it. I look forward to doing more of the exercises in the book as I advance in my horsepersonship skills.

5-0 out of 5 stars VALUABLE
I really enjoy reading and studying this book.It is extremely valuable for helping me have a much more interesting and productive ride.I do have several years of riding under my belt but who doesn't need help. If I didn't have a family to consider, I would be taking lessons but, my family is first. This is a great tool for someone who always wants to improve their riding. This is a MUST HAVE for my equine library. ... Read more

2. Kottas on Dressage
by Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg, Julie Rowbotham
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2010-08-01)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$25.00
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Asin: 1570764549
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A distillation of the practice and philosophy of prominent international dressage trainers, this guide is instructive to those who aspire to classical horsemanship principles. A rider must first train themselves in correct posture and a thorough understanding of the aids before training the horse, according to the philosophy within this manual. Next, the volume highlights the value of establishing rapport with the horse, enhancing the animal’s mental responses, and developing its physique with groundwork before progressing to training under the saddle. Filled with detailed notes and remedies for common problems, the text focuses on thorough, incremental development of the basic gaits, explains the value and execution of the lateral exercises, and introduces advanced work including tempi changes, pirouettes, piaffe, and passage.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book but not for beginner
I really enjoy reading this book. It is apparent that Kottas loves horses and i truly respect his focus on groundwork and lunging. This is something which is frequently lost in riding lessons in the US. However, being somewhat a newer rider I didn't get quite as much out of his examples as a more knowledgeable rider would get.
Things for me need to be more broken down. But that is my insufficiency, not the books', as it is clearly geared towards the more advanced rider. I do like that it is broken down precisely into problems and their solving as well as what to do when the response is not the "expected" one. That way, one also learns the possible other "400" ways of how a horse can respond.
All in I would recommend this book, but as a beginner, get additional books (like enlightened equitation) to give you more detail. ... Read more

3. The Elements of Dressage: A Guide to Training the Young Horse
by K.A. von Ziegner
Hardcover: 128 Pages (2002-12-01)
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Asin: 1585747351
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Drawing on centuries of European practice, The Elements of Dressage will help any reader perfect the union between horse and rider. Dressage has been around since the time of the ancient Greeks, but reached its heights in Europe, and particularly in Germany. The German approach is now the preferred method in most countries, and the author has been teaching it for more than fifty years.There are ten principal elements in the German method, and they include: relaxation, regularity, freedom, contact, straightness, and Durchlassigkeit.Both beginning and advanced trainers and riders will learn why the ten elements exist, how to develop them in a horse, and even when not to use them. Starting with the basics, and moving on towards the most subtle aspects, The Elements of Dressage is the complete guide to the art of training and riding a horse. (7 x 9 3/4, 128 pages, diagrams)

Kurd Albrecht von Ziegner has operated an internationally renowned riding school in Mechtersen, Germany, south of Hamburg, since 1971. Trained as an officer in the cavalry school in Hannover, he became a leading NATO officer in the 1950s and took over, among other things, the construction of the Turkish cavalry school in Ankara. He is also one of the most prominent and successful dressage trainers in the United States, where he developed a new judging system, the Prix St. James. Winner of the German Rider Cross in Gold, the author shares insights from more than fifty years of training. He is also the author of many articles and books, including The Basics: A Guideline for Successful Training. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for your Riding library
I've just started reading this book and it's load with great information.I purchased this book based on other reviews and I'm not disappointed.Thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Those Who Really Want the Best For Their Horse
This book is indispensable. For those who really care that the horse is a living breathing creature that feels pain and wants to insure that their training is correct, enjoyable and pain free, READ THIS BOOK. This book will teach you everything right from a master. It is up to you to practice with your horse, develop and exercise the utmost patience now that you understand the training tree, it's principals and purpose. EXCELLENT READ!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone thirsting for training knowledge.
My only regret was not finding this book earlier!This book is a must have for every horseman's library regardless of the discipline.It is very well written and has many supporting diagrams.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I finally understand the exercises and reasoning behind them!This is an excellent, and fast read.Not long and boring at all.Lots of diagrams that show proper bend and foot falls.Concentrates on the basic training necessary to any equestrian sport!I will refer to it for many years to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for helping understand how to get horses moving more correctly
I really enjoyed this book for the insights it gave into training the horse. I am not a serious dressage rider but wanted to understand how to get the horse to use its back and develop balance, bend and flexion. Points which I found most useful were to be patient and not rush things, to do a range of different activities on the recenetly broken horse and how to apply the seat aid correctly. ... Read more

4. Dressage School: A Sourcebook of Movements and Tips Demonstrated by Olympian Isabell Werth
by Britta Schoffmann
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2009-05-01)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$18.13
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Asin: 1570764115
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this fantastically detailed and uniquely organized reference, 2008 Olympic gold and silver medal-winner Isabell Werth demonstrates the what, the how, and—most importantly—the why of more than 100 dressage movements. She shows readers how each should look, explains common mistakes and how to avoid them, and then describes the benefit of the exercise and how it contributes to the dressage training scale. In addition, emphasis is placed on the horse as an individual and customizing movements and lessons to benefit any animal, with their particular physical and psychological characteristics in mind. Practical and easy-to-follow, this resource promises to take the mystery out of dressage schooling forever.

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4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT resource for Beginners or Advanced riders....Loved it
This book provides detailed instructions as to how and why various moments are performed. I learned so much about what happens when aids are not done correctly. I work alone 99% of the time and I am not able to take lessons on a regular basis...I found this soooo WONDERFULLY helpful. I gave the book four stars due to the chapter sequence. Which, IMO, is a correctable type concern rather than an actual deterrent. If you and your horse are Dressage Neophytes, with no one to inform you otherwise, and you do not have a basic understanding re: the goals and the various levels in dressage.....you would be very frustrated and could (at least in theory) damage your horse. The chapters (movements) are not arranged in a "training" order or in a way that moves you from beginning levels to the more advanced. For example Flexion, Lenthening Stride, Leg-Yielding, and Turn on the Forehand are early training concepts and listed and discussed AFTER Passage and Piaffe....which are upper level movements that require the horse to develop certain muscle groups before attempting. However, if you are a motivated beginner, who has a basic understanding of the levels and Training Pyramid... or you are lucky enough to be a more accomplished/advanced rider, then I believe this book would provide a very concrete "how to" guide. With each movement Isabell indicates how it relates to the Training Pyramid and what the goals are. Her "FAST Facts" discussion for each movement identifies when the movement should be done. This is why I said the arrangement of chapters is a correctable concern as opposed to a deterrent.
I use this book like a lesson planner. I first read the entire book (several times) then went back and highlighted the chapters I wanted to start at. I will build and add on as I accomplish the movements. Between this book and my Jane Savoie tapes all I need are arena mirrors and I would have it made! It's great...Get it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great source book
Great book for exact explanation of movements.Also, some photos.The explanation of WHY you do the movement and what are common mistakes help a lot.

5-0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for any serious horse rider
DRESSAGE SCHOOL is for any horse owner or library catering to them, and offers a blend of diagrams, color photos and written description demonstrated by Olympian rider Isabell Werth. The 'what, how and why' of dozens of dressage movements are explored in detail, making for a handbook that's a 'must' for any serious horse rider.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lost in translation
Its a shame the publisher didn't bother to re-order the contents of this book. In the original German, movements were in alphabetical order but after translation everything is in the same order it was in the original (which is out of order in English)and makes it disjointed and hard to find things.
Great photos but would have liked the description of the aids to be clearer. Many of the aids appear to be the same for mulitiple movements. i am confused - I bet horses are too! I got "Rider horses with awareness and Feel" in the same order and found the concepts in that book much clearer and easier to follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Education for $19.95
this book is absolutely fantastic - the step by step instructions and analogies are amazing. i have never fully understood the half-halt until reading the chapter explaining it
i have read through the book two times in a week - it's dumbed down and beautifully done - anyone who is wondering what the heck is dressage or if you're upper level or whatever - buy this book - i just bought one for my trainer - and the Isabel Wirth photos and others are amazing...the beautiful horses are the topping... ... Read more

5. Death by Dressage
by Carolyn Banks
Paperback: 162 Pages (2004-09)
list price: US$13.50 -- used & new: US$13.50
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Asin: 1592798314
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Nobody much cares for Nika Ballinger, but that doesn't mean her violent death shouldn't be looked into. Fellow horsewoman Robin Vaughan doesn't like the way the police investigation is going. In the perfect world of competitive dressage, Nika rode like a piece of luggage. So who arranged to have a horse kick her to death? As Robin mounts her own search for the killer, she rummages through Nika's untidy past—and finds a bizarre double life that someone might kill to keep secret... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dressage With A Kick
"Death by Dressage" is a fun read, especially for horse people.I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it for anyone looking for a fast moving thriller with lots of dressage action and equestrian locations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
I couldn't put the book down. I have read the whole series and have enjoyed them all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Firstly, I should say that I'm a big fan of Dick Francis. So this book did not have the suspense and mystery flare that I'm used to. However, it did have a light-heartedness that made it a very enjoyable read. I liked the fact that it's written on the first person, but as I'm a rider myself I found the descriptions of the riding disciplines etc a bit unnecessary. Apparently they were put in there for the benefit of the non-horsey people, but they could have been written in a less apparent way, I suppose.
However, this didn't stop me from ordering another one of Banks' books!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Horse Mystery!!Good regional Texas Mystery. Don't care for horses, then pass it by.
This is the best of Carolyn Banks horsey mysteries.However, I purchased mine years ago, when they were in paperback - not trade size - from a saddle shop trailer at a combined training event in Texas.I guess these are a reissue.Death on the Diagonal is good, too; but they go downhill after it.One of the best characters is the truck, Mother.If you've ever driven an extended cab truck and/or pulled a trailer with it, you can identify with the main character as she navigates around Austin, TX.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quick, entertaining equestrian mystery
The title about sums up this work. Some of the dialogue is truly funny which is to be expected since the book featuresan extremely dense heroine. The horse information is well realized and the small equine world the writer creates is a fine place to visit. Although other writers can perhaps do both the writing and the mystery better, it is still a very entertaining read. Horse lovers will rejoice in the horse element and other readers will simply be amused at the sheer denseness of the heroine. It's rather fun to watch her blunder about and figure things out by accident. ... Read more

6. Dressage in Harmony: From Basic to Grand Prix (The Masters of Horsemanship Series, Bk. 4)
by Walter Zettl
Hardcover: 272 Pages (1998-11)
list price: US$27.95 -- used & new: US$20.21
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Asin: 0939481545
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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." ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing typesetting ...
I got this book and happily started to read it, only to discover an entire phrase left out of a sentence and typos in it - very disappointing, as it otherwise is very good.If you're the sort of person who is immediately "turned off" by lack of attention to detail, especially in a hard cover book that you've eagerly awaited the arrival of, then be warned!If you can look beyond that, then certainly it is worth the read ...

5-0 out of 5 stars cooking for dressage
This is quite like a cook book about going up the levels in dressage. It has exercises and aims for the movements. The whole philosophy about Zettle is easy to understand and makes you feel lie you can do it! I constantly refer to it when working my young horse and my older one too.

2-0 out of 5 stars Classical Dressage at It's Best
Classical dressage explained in a clear manner to help rider and horse be their best.Excellent read!5 stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for the serious dressage rider!
I have bought many dressage books by various authors, and this is by far my favorite book.I have a young horse that I have been training and this is the reference manual that I continually turn to.He teaches in the true classical sense where the welfare of the horse is most important.He explains in detail how the various exercises, such as shoulder-in, should be executed and what purpose they serve.He stresses the importance of timing of the aids which is essential in creating a soft, relaxed, properly muscled horse.I have attended clinics by him and he is a true master.If any of my friends show interest in learning dressage I buy them this book immediately.They all love it and find it very helpful and easy to understand.Yes, it does go over many basics, but more riders need a firmer grip on the basics before they can go on to compete and ride at the high levels successfully.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dressage in Harmony from Basic to Grand Prix
Dressage in Harmony: From Basic to Grand Prix (The Masters of Horsemanship Series, Bk. 4)
Excellent Book. A must have for all Dressage riders. This book has helped me improve my understanding of the proper aids! ... Read more

7. Tug of War: Classical Versus Modern Dressage: Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect Riding Negatively Affects Horses' Health
by Gerd Heuschmann
Hardcover: 144 Pages (2007-09-01)
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Asin: 1570763755
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Describing the basic anatomy and physiology of the horse, this book by an experienced veterinarian identifies widely-used incorrect training methods—especially in dressage—that can undermine a horse's health and well-being. Starting with the question Who is responsible for this? the book looks at breeders, breed associations, instructors, judges, riders, spectators, and the governing bodies of horse sports. The hyperflexion issue, the discussion shows, is that training affects horses both for good and for ill, and riders should reject any methods that cause pain or fail to respect the mental habits and physiological needs of their animals.
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This is a must read book for any type of riding that you plan to do with your horse. TRUE Classical Dressage allows a horse the opportunity to perform proper dressage without injury as well as the opportunity to perform in a positive, willing frame of mind.
Help bring back the art of true Classical Dressage. This is the form that promotes a horse with the proper rounded frame instead of the horses too frequently seen currently in competition of all types with the hollow backs & phony head sets.
Learn to develop the trained eye that will reveal who the true Classical Dressage riders are (very few are out there). You will see who has put the necessary foundation on their horses so they may continue to physically and mentally succeed in this as well as other disciplines.
You may be stunned to realize how the judges are rewarding the poor performances perhaps partially because not enough people ride correctly.
Learn what aids bring along the properly developed horse. The unnecessary aids frequently become weapons of torture, albeitunintentionally.Become aware of how many riders are physically & mentally harming their horses for a ribbon.
You can show in Classical Dressage as it was meant to be, or other disciplines for which Classical Dressage builds a strong foundation. Compel the judges to sit up and take notice.
This book encourages the riders who want their horses to be willing, capable partners to become more discriminating in their choice of trainers.
Thank you Amazon.com for providing this opportunity for horse lovers to learn the truth about Classical Dressage. It allows us to become more educated about the trainer and rider "wannabes" who use inappropriate riding and training methods, yet still win ribbons in the show ring.

5-0 out of 5 stars Foundation Horsemanship I Needed
I rode huntseat/foxhunt for twenty-some years as a young adult. At age 60, retirement allowed me to pick it up again.However, soon after I came to a serious decision point whether to continue riding. Regardless of the horse I rode, they tripped, misbehaved or were dull to the aids. It was shortly after that I met a wonderful horse physio-therapist/dressage instructor who analyzed two of my horses.A long story short, she pointed out aspects of my riding which were impacting the horse. My riding immediately improved. No more tripping and naughtiness; no more setting my horse up to ignore the aids.I purchased this book as the result of following up on some of the points she made. I took it to the barn and she recognized it on sight, exclaiming "An excellent book, too bad more instructors don't read it! I used these principles with you and your horses."So, two reviews in one; one from the practioner and one from the student.Buy it, your horse will love you for it.

2-0 out of 5 stars The minority report....
This book is very popular with the anti rollkur crowd, but it is opinion, not facts, and not backed up by good solid scientific work.No, I am not a 'rollkurist' and never will be; but this is just a book full of opinions, not 'science'.Not impressed.But no matter, the anti rollkur crowd will definitively shout down ANYONE who criticizes this book and accuse them of being abusive and ignorant of 'real dressage'(which consists of jogging around with the reins hanging down).

Even so, there are so few books on the subject that those who really are attempting to understand and investigate both sides, will probably need to read this book.There really is very little actual information that is realistic and sensible on either side of the subject - this book isn't either, but what can you do?

5-0 out of 5 stars Long overdue!
A sharply intelligent book that should be required reading for all riders. I don't say "all dressage riders" because the harmful training techniques discussed in "Tug of War" are far from isolated to dressage. Variations of front-to-back riding exist in pretty much every discipline I can think of: dressage, showjumping, hunters, reining, Western Pleasure, saddleseat...

I bought this book immediately when it first came out. It was the single most influential book of my dressage career (and I have a full bookshelf of dressage texts). Can't wait to get the updated edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classical vs Modern Dressage
A great book, lots of interesting information. A must read for the Dressage person who is serious about techniques of training, you should also get the dvd "If Horses Could Speak" with it. ... Read more

8. The Great European Schools of Classical Dressage: Vienna, Saumur, Jerez, Lisbon
by Guillaume Henry
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2010-08-01)
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Asin: 3861279681
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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For nearly 400 years, four illustrious riding schools have striven for perfection in the equestrian art: the Spanish Riding School in Vienna; the Cadre Noir in Saumur, France; the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, Spain; and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art in Lisbon. Each school is a guardian of traditions—ancient, technical, and artistic—and together they have preserved and enriched the long dressage tradition. This meticulously researched study reveals the inner workings of each of these schools, including details about their traditions, their systems for recruiting and training riders, and of course their horses. It also discusses the future of these prestigious yet seemingly anachronistic establishments.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review of Classical Dressage Schools
This is a beautifully illustrated book to put out in full view on Coffee tables. However it ia written in such a way you can read it from cover to cover -as I have done!

It is also a book you will keep returning to for reminders after you get to visit these places.We now only have Saumur to visit next year and it is heightening the experience by reading all about it before we go.

Whether you are a sesoned traveller or not, or a horse lover or not you will spend many hours devouring this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars the 4 classical schools of dressage
if you attended the 4 ecole equestrian in bercy, france in november 2007 you will love this book because chronicles the event which is once in a lifetime and problably won't be seen for a very long time.if you didn't attend the event but are interested in classical dressage this is a book for you.it is very artistic and a good book to keep in your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Great Schools of Classical Dressage
This book is a lovely, well-illustrated comparison of the four great European Schools of classical dressage. Not only are the individual histories of the schools, their riding style and their horses compared, there is a detailed description of each uniform.A must have for classical dressage enthusiasts!
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9. Dressage Formula
by Erik Herbermann
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2008-05-01)
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Asin: 0851319521
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Based on the principles of the classical school, this book covers both the aesthetic and practical aspects of riding and training. Now in its fourth edition, this easy-to-read guide continues to be one of the most widely quoted books on the subject of dressage today.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A diffenent twist on explaning common concepts
This is a wonderful book that is easy to understand and perfect for use as a quick reference guide. Dressage formula touches on all the basic concepts found in every dressage book, however, they are explained in a unique way. The explanations are geared more towards developing a thinking rider rather than the common mechanical explanation you find in most books.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
Great book. Just the basics...no gimmicks...would love to ride with this guy for lessons. Best dressage book I've read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent little book for deeper understanding of dressage. It does NOT a read like a novel, but had many deeply insightful tips and hints on how to improve one's riding and communication with one's equine partner. While this book may not appeal to everyone, it is very packed with information. Yes, it is relatively short. But do not let that fool you. It does not contain a lot of fluff, but is very to the point. What you won't find here are tips for Anky style riding (aka Rollkur), but very classical principles. A must read for a serious dressage enthusiast.

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful information about horsemanship
This book I highly recommend for any serious horseman/horsewoman who desires to work with their horse towards a harmonious partnership.The information is based on the classical ideals, goals and standards which always works for the betterment of the horse.The book is packed with useful information for all people interested in learning the art of horsemanship...........

3-0 out of 5 stars Truly Helped Me Improve
Dressage Formula, by Erik F. Herbermann, is a great book about a rider's position and the connection with her horse.

This book contains great pictures and exercises that you can do on or off your horse.It also teaches you the right amount of contact to have and how to use your aids.All together with the aids, exercises, contact, leg yield, half pass, and shoulder in, this book teaches you how to correctly hold yourself with the right position, natural contact, and leg position while maintaining the horse's natural feel and response.This book has taught me a lot and has truly helped me to improve my riding skills.

This book should be read by anyone 13 or older because at times it was difficult to understand the terminology.Recommended by a professional Dressage Rider, and recommended by me.

Kristen N.
Grade 6
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10. The USDF Guide to Dressage
by Jennifer O. Bryant
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2006-04-01)
list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$19.39
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Asin: 1580175295
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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 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. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (14)

3-0 out of 5 stars Questionable service, good book.
The dust cover was ripped because it shifted within the bubble wrap during shipping. The book was listed as "new" but had a black felt-pen streak across the pages at the base of the spine - which, I believe, is the mark of a production second.

5-0 out of 5 stars best book on the subject inyears
The book should be titled "The USDF Guide to Good Riding".The principles outlined in the book are applicable to all riders in all facets of riding horses.Good basics are necessary for any equine sport and this book outlines them all. I have advised all of my students to buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book on Dressage thus far
I love that this book is written in such a way that the absolute first time dressage rider and the experienced upper level show rider can both sit down with it and find something of real value. The illustrations are well drawn and easy to use. The photography is excellent & the horses are shown in correct form and carriage. The language used is not full of random terminology that assumes you have been riding with a coach for two years and "should already know this stuff" - the assumption is that you have spent a substantial sum of money on this book because you intend for the book to teach you these things. AND IT DOES!

I am immensely pleased to have this one in my library. My husband, who normally finds dressage tomes to be his version of sleeping pills, is enjoying it too. We both especially like the fact that the author has covered very clearly and with great detail, including photos, specific tack choices and the clothing for the show ring at various levels as well. Again these are things that people just assume you already know or have a full time coach who handles all these little details and that's not the case for most of us out here in the real world! If you're on a budget and learning as you go or live in a rural setting where you're the only dressage folks in a 60 mile radius, this book will make life considerably easier!

5-0 out of 5 stars dressage queen wanna-be
this is a great book, covers about everything for the person new to dressage and/or a little rusty on the basics.

3-0 out of 5 stars A little too basic
I'm not an advanced rider, by any stretch of the imagination. I consider myself an advanced beginner - training level.
I found about half of this book to be too basic for me.
It is well written, clear and concise. Good as a reference. Nicely put together book.
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11. Dressage in Lightness: Speaking the Horse's Language
by Sylvia Loch
Hardcover: 280 Pages (2005-03-01)
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As an encore to her popular The Classical Rider, Sylvia Loch has written a book that focuses attention on an equal relationship between horse and rider, exploring riding from both the rider's and the horse's points of view.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Lightness
I love Sylvia's work. All based on the Classical Dressage that everyone can and should do (I jump also!) Easy to understand steps from the early simple stages to the more advanced work. with beautiful pic's of her horses.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
This book is a "must have" in every dressage enthusiasts library.Another outstanding book by Ms. Loch.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well organized and easy to follow.
I selected this book based on the reviews that have been posted.I was not disappointed in the least.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Practical
Finally a book on classical dressage that really tells you HOW to do it.Sylvia Loch is fantastic.I recommend this book to those who sometime feel like the real detail of how to apply the aids is missing from other dressage texts.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have book for any rider
I cannot adequately describe the beauty and accuracy with which she writes.Clarifying the aids, and the horse's biomechanics and perceptions with a truly classical constructive approach.

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12. Dressage in the Fourth Dimension
by Sherry Ackerman
Hardcover: 152 Pages (2008-11-01)
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Dressage is often seen as the most formal and controlled of the equine sports, following an ancient, standardized training progression. For philosopher and dressage instructor Dr. Sherry Ackerman, dressage is much more. It — along with riding in general — can be a transformational art and an avenue for reflection, exploration, and self-knowledge through which a rider can experience liberation from the individual, egoistic self.

This second, revised edition of Dressage in the Fourth Dimension is a pioneer work in awakening “dressage consciousness.” Drawing on such diverse sources as sacred geometry, ancient Western and Eastern philosophies, and esoteric spirituality, Ackerman seeks to heal humanity’s alienation from nature through riding. She points us toward the liberation from societal conditioning and normative thinking, and, ultimately, from our own egos. Her concept of the fourth dimension requires us to leave the analytic, objective mind behind and enter into the mystery of inspiration.

A short, unique, thought-provoking work that has enjoyed a word-of-mouth reputation among horse people for years, Dressage in the Fourth Dimension will challenge riders’ assumptions about their horses and themselves.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Dressage in the Fourth Dimension
I am grateful to Sherry Ackerman for this small treestie of great measure.I would like to suggest that anyone who walks or rides this Earth read Sherry's work.How beautifully she has designed her book to point directly to the horse/person relationship engaged in Dressage,And how subtly her message carries through toany movement executed as we finesse our way through life, both inwardly and outwardly.My first horse was given to me when I was five years old.She was a colt, and so was I.We never connected, I never trusted her, and I was left to myself to train her.I didn't, but soon ice skating became my passion, and as an eight year old I began to develop my character.Ackerman states, "When impulsion, straightness, and collection are stirred into the dressage recipe, the result is like a controlled explosion.The dance becomes a hurricane of fresh air, a blend of power and responsibility."While either on the ice or in my nightly visualizations, I spun, jumped and flew like the wind over the ice.The ice had become my mount, and I rode her well.Losing our ice area and turning to skiing,I found, again, in skiing there are the movements of collection, shifting weight, and being at one with the terrain, the snow and its conditions.I relate to this so deeply; " In essence, collection assumes the horse's [skier,s] ability to move her center of gravity...If the foundation has been properly built through work with contact - with relaxation, rhythm,[further advances] should follow smoothly."Relaxation and rhythm, these are the skier's yoga...we call it skiing the sweet spot, and those sweet moments are usually available.
My imagination went wild reading Sherry Ackermans messages.For many hours, now, I have ridden my first horse, feeling her movement and motion beneath my body.We're connected, through dreams and vision, my loss regained.This is not only a book about Dressage, I feel it is a book about life.I found many promptings that reminded me that I have known the beauty of movement and the dance of dressage in many forms.I have read Dressage the Fourth Dimension three times, and find poetic and straight from the hip gems that relate deeply to my life, helping to remember who I am.Thank you Sherry.I agree with Kealy, you are a woman who, so full of energy, wisdom, and amazing brilliance, has an eager hunger for teaching - and learning - you have done an outstanding work in this small book, and I suggest it as a Must Read for seekers on horseback, skates, skis or, most importantly, your personal means of moving about our planet. Thank you Sherry Ackerman

5-0 out of 5 stars Even if you don't ride horses
Horseback riding is as much a state of mind as an athletic indeavor. Even if you don't ride you may find this little book provides insight into achieving healthier relationships and grace and balance in your life. If you do ride, it may well take you to the next level in your partnership with your horse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not your average dressage book
This slim book could easily be mistaken for the latest essential dressage manual. However-- and rather unfortunately-- most typical dressage riders might steer away from it. Such is the conundrum of modern day classical training. Too many folks are looking for another "how-to" or quick fix or step-by-step guide to riding. This far-reaching book is none of those. Rather, it is the beacon of light during a dark time of modern training. I would go so far as to say it is a way of life. Without this transformational treatise, riders are simply going through motions-- they are not actually riding. To ride well, one must ponder deeper questions of what it means to connect, to exist, to balance, and on many levels what it means to be human in the horse-human relationship. This book will change your life. Buy it.

1-0 out of 5 stars The primer on mysticism.
I bought this book thinking it would both help my riding and my understanding of my horse's psyche.I am not a new age type person and I couldn't fish through all the new age yada yada to get to any tangible point. If you like the Tao of Equus, you'll probably like this book.If not, I would stick to having Klimke and Yoga for Equestrians next to each other on your bookshelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Dear Ms. Ackerman:

Your book is wonderful - You are Wonderful - There is so much wisdom flowing through your words.

Your ideas are helping me achieve a better flow in life, in playing music, teaching, and meditation. After reading Dressage in the Fourth Dimension it feels as if my "awareness" has increased ten-fold. When playing the piano I am learning to allow myself to become more integrated, rather than a determined combatant (or victim) of Beethoven and Mendelssohn. What a happy change - I love the pervading sense of peace I have gained through a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the All Creative-Energy. Although I've been meditating for a while, since reading your book there has been a clear breakthrough. There are no words to describe such moments of well-being...

Thank you for the inspiration.

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13. Common Sense Dressage: An Illustrated Guide
by Sally O'Connor, Foreword by Robert Dover
Paperback: 178 Pages (2010-04-15)
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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 progressivetraining of the horse.

Originally published in 1990, this excellent work is now available in paperback.

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

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5-0 out of 5 stars Definite common sense
I love this book and it's no non-sense common sense approach to training dressage horses.This book starts out teaching the basics from the ground up.This book is a must for any rider, and not just the dressage rider, although I agree that some concepts are a tad too advanced for beginners.Common Sense Dressage will bring your overall riding skills to the next level.

3-0 out of 5 stars Revelant material.
Although the material was useful, I found the organization and presentation a bit confusing for the novice.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for the dressage student...
This book is an excellent one for any student of dressage. It might be a wee bit complicated for the absolute beginner to riding, but for most who have had some training it's appropriate. The book has a ton of excellent diagrams and illustrations, many showing the view from above so that the desired position of the horse is clearly shown. There are a number of exercises in each chapter which allow the rider to work on various elements on their own as well as with a trainer.

Chapters include: The Horse - How it Functions; Lungeing; The Work in Hand; The Basic Work in All Three Gaits; Activating the Hindquarters; Competition; Special Exercises for Problems; Canter Work; Collection, Extension and In-Between; Piaffe; and Passage. There is also an index which allows you to refer to specific topics.

All in all this is a valuable addition to the library of any equestrian interested in this branch of the discipline, and one I will be sharing with my trainer. Don't hesitate to buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Diagrams and clear, concise text.
This is an excellent book for individuals with some basis in dressage as well as a basic understanding of horses and their movement. The many diagrams included with the text are clear, concise and explain how to apply leg, seat and rein aides correctly for most dressage movements. There is also a chapter explaining the timing of the rider's movements for transitions between gaits as well as information to help understand how to move with the horse at the various gaits, including sitting trot. Even with a regular trainer I find this book invaluable and have bought it for several friends as gifts. They also have appreciated the detailed yet simple to understand descriptions of the movements. I especially like the multiple drills that are offered with each movement to help learn the proper execution of the exercises.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not too impressed!
I found some of the information in this book to be very helpful.However,I did find her to be a bit snobbish.I also ride and train in Vienna,Austria, but I do not feel that makes me any better than any other rider inthe world.It also does not give Ms. O'Connor the right to tell people touse words like "brav" when working with a horse (especially ifthey don't know what it means).What is important is that people arecomfortable and speak with words and in tones that are comfortable forthem. ... Read more

14. The Beginning Dressage Book: Expert Advice on How to Train Your Horse in Dressage without Expensive Equipment
by Kathryn Denby-Wrightson, Joan Fry
Paperback: 272 Pages (2004-01-01)
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The Beginning Dressage Book grew out of the real-life experience of Kathryn Denby-Wrightson, a professional trainer, teacher and judge, and Joan Fry, a backyard horse owner who sought to make riding a more rewarding experience for herself and her mount. That's what dressage is all about. It's a method of training that develops the horse's natural abilities--the way it moves and balances itself--so that it will seat his rider comfortably at any gait and is easily controlled under any circumstances.

Anyone who can ride can ride dressage, and any type of horse will benefit from dressage. With the help of this practical, down-to-earth handbook you will be able to develop your own riding skills and reeducate your horse into a smooth, relaxed, responsive horse who is a joy to ride. And you can do it easily and inexpensively in your own backyard.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Dressage book
This is a great beginning riding and training dressage book.It is easy to read with a conversational tone and is the perfect start to my riding library.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very informative book on Dressage for beginners
I bought this book just to expose myself to basic Dressage concepts and was not disappointed. The author does a nice job in taking the reader from the start through the lowest level of testing. A lot of the advice will be useful to the rider in general, even if they do not plan on pursuing Dressage seriously...the net effect is much better communication between the rider and the horse and a calmer, more willing mount to ride.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good for beginners and first time riders
Easy to understand, fully explained concepts and the reasons the movements behind the concepts work. Love the idea that finally an author has stated clearly what a half halt is and why it's important to all disciplines of riding, not just dressage. This is a book I would suggest my students own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect BEGINNER book!
I bought this book to help me teach a TB mare that had trouble taking the canter with the same lead in both ends.I liked that this book was an easy read; not a text book style manual.She explains her reasoning behind her techniques and tells you exactly what to do.I have taken Dressage lessons for 10 years, so I knew most of what she was saying already, but it always help to clarify what you have in your mind with another rider's opinions and experience.I gave the book to my mother-in-law who is just starting Dressage and she is finding it very valuable.She said that it gives her a guideline and a place to start with things instructors may take for granted; how to place your leg, how to put on a Dressgae bridle, and then good basics for lunging.She gives voice commands that work for her and my mother-in-law found that very useful.This is a perfect book for someone new to Dressage or Dressage lessons.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone interested in dressage
Well written, entertaining and informative.The Beginning Dressage Book would be an excellent addition to any horseman's library -- from beginner to advanced.Easy to understand and straightforward, an great tool for student or instructor.I highly recommend it! ... Read more

15. Dressage From A to X: The Definitive Guide to Riding and Competing (New, Revised Edition)
by Barbara Burkhardt
Paperback: 288 Pages (2004-04-01)
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The only book riders will ever need to help them on the road to successful dressage competition. Revised New Edition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dressage From A to X
I am very pleased with my purchase through Amazon.The book was delivered quickly and covers the topic thoroughly.The material in the book matches the description so I am happy about that.
This book can really assist the beginning rider through advanced and breaks down the technique for cueing into very understandable language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Complete down to the last detail
This is a wonderful book for someone just getting started in dressage, or even the more experienced competition rider. Everything from descriptions of gaits, to how to memorize dressage tests, to how to handle nerves at a show is covered. One of the best horse books I own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference
I wouldn't say this is the end-all, be-all of dressage, but if you're looking for a good basic reference book, this is it. "Dressage from A to X" covers everything imaginable that someone just starting out would need to know, from schooling your horse to preparing for a show. I read it cover-to-cover two years ago when I bought it and still refer to it from time to time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Dressage Book!
This is a wonderful book for someone getting into dressage.
I am a true newbie to this field and it can be overwhelming.
This book explains everything in a "user friendly" way!
I wish I had read it before I rode in my first schooling show.
My horse and I thank you very much.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read!!
Deserves more than five stars! It covers everything that will benefit everyone from the new rider to the avid dressage competitor. Excellent!!! No horse lover's bookshelf should be without it, in my opinion! You definately get the bang for your buck on this one! ... Read more

16. Dressage Masters: Techniques and Philosophies of Four Legendary Trainers
by David Collins
Hardcover: 160 Pages (2006-07-01)
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Dressage Masters takes the reader into four of the greatest training stables in Europe. The master instructors express their philosophies and practices with regard to training horses and riders, and the state of dressage in the United States and elsewhere in the world. They also share fascinating and enlightening stories about their own education, and the triumphs and hurdles encountered along their paths to success.

The trainers are:

• Klaus Balkenhol: Olympic Individual Bronze and two-time gold Team medal winner; coached the German Olympic gold medal team including the individual silver and bronze medalists and the USA Olympic bronze medal team.
•Ernst Hoyos: trained Ulla Salzgeber, winner of two Olympic Team gold medals, and Lisa Wilcox, member of the United States Equestrian Team bronze medal squad.
•Dr. Uwe Schulten-Baumer: trained Nicole Uphoff and Isabel Werth, Olympic equestrian record holders of four gold medals; Dr Schulten-Baumer Jr., winner of team gold medal in the 1980 Alternate Olympics and 1978 World Championships
•George Theodorescu: trainer of many top international teams and riders, including his daughter Monica, three-time Olympic Team gold medalist

Each chapter includes insightful descriptions and sequence photographs of exercises and other teaching techniques, and the book concludes with a detailed index that cross-references training problems as a handy guide for the reader-rider's own program.
Already eagerly anticipated by the international dressage community, Dressage Masters is destined to become an instant classic in the literature of classical horsemanship.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This was my vacation reading - but then I'm a dressage rider.It was wonderful to have some insight to the thinking of these Dressage Masters - their lives and their training.

1-0 out of 5 stars By this book from Amazon.co.uk in stead..
After bying Dressage Masters: Techniques and Philosophies of *Four* Legendary Trainers

from amazon.com, I was really annoyed to find out that amazon.co.uk has another book:

Dressage Masters: Techniques and Philosophies of *Five* Legendary Trainers

which is exactly the same book, but with a fifth master, namely Harry Boldt. Don't do the same mistake as I did, and by this book from amazon.com. STUPID!

5-0 out of 5 stars just what I needed
I am training my horse and myself from second to third level and this book was the inspiration I needed to get over the rocky parts to the mystery that is piaffe and passage.Very detailed advice with great photos and thoughts from true masters.There are too few books dedicated to the classical process. This book shows how thoughtful process becomes great achievement and partnership. More than I expected and a treasure I will read many times. I will refer this book to passionate riders for their study.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
My only wish is that the photographs were in color, but other than that it's a nice book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fab Photos, Interesting Text!
I am an enthusiastic amateur rider, and shared this book with my trainer; we both found the photos fantastic, and the text informative and helpful.A great addition to the library of any rider interested in dressage at the highest levels. ... Read more

17. The Dressage Rider's Survival Guide: Memoirs of a Struggling Dressage Rider
by Margaret A. Odgers
Paperback: 230 Pages (2004-12-01)
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Asin: 0939481707
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This is a very funny book. From the Foreword entitled A Guide to Apportioning Blame throughout such insightful topics as the use of aids, equipment, history, costs of the sport and physical fitness required (none of which are presented in a manner that would be recognized by readers of any other book on dressage), the reader is in for a laugh-out-loud treat. Margaret Odgers has been there and what makes her material so screamingly funny is the core of Absolute Truth that runs through the book. Eva Sandor's charming cartoons alone are worth the purchase price. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Dressage Rider's Survival Guide
I thought this book was a lot of fun to read.Got many laughs out of it.Dressage is so serious most of the time we just need a few laughs now and then. Very fast shipment on this item and I enjoyed reading it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A warm-hearted reality check - Enjoy dressage!
I bought this book on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it. The entertaining commentary kept the book fast-paced and I found I read through it very quickly. The book has given me a renewed perspective on dressage and taught me to enjoy where I'm at right now in my dressage journey.

This is a very unique book that is universally relevant to dressage riders (I'm from Australia!) Well worth a read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Am I On the Bit?
This is a book every struggling novice dressage rider should read.What a great perspective on the nearly-impossible we're all striving for!Just when I'd begun to feel as if First Level was out of reach of my "Not Really" Level talents, Odgers jumped (with great agility and fellowship) on my dream with her detailed research and great understanding of what really constitutes success in dressage.I needed to be jumped on.I was beginning to dream about my horses working "on the bit", when in truth, I'm not sure I'd recognize it if the horse announced it in perfect English! Now I feel free to blow off first (and second!) levels with impunity since only third is worth the effort.No more tests, just endless lessons.Joy!Clinics are a superb way of life, particularly when they include lovely food and the occasional glass of sherry, and I can talk the talk without ever having to have my white breeches cleaned again.

Odgers is a joy to read, and someone I would definitely enjoy on a horsey play-date.

5-0 out of 5 stars comic relief for the overstressed dressage rider
I came across this book just months after starting my own fledgling efforts at dressage. It is probably one of the biggest reasons I have kept at it since and not been intimidated or overwhelmed.

This book gives you new eyes thru which to see the stuffed shirt parts of dressage as something demanding and worthy,but silly and laughable!I am eternally grateful to Odgers for blessing us with this gift of humor and comic relief.If i could i would buy one for everyone in my barn!

5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud funny!
Anyone who has ridden dressage will find this book hilarious. After I read it, I purchased three more for my trainer and two of my fellow "DQ's". We all talk about certain passages and the silly and sometimes sad truths of the typical dressage journey. A must read! ... Read more

18. Practical Dressage Manual
by Bengt Ljunguist
Hardcover: 164 Pages (1983-06-15)
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This book was written expressly for Americans by the Swedish master who brought dressage to the US. It is truly a classic work and has served as a teaching aid for a multitude of serious dressage riders. Simply must reading! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent text for all riding disciplines
This book is very concise, clear and helpful with explinations of basic and advanced dressage movements. It inculdes extremly articulate definitions of the gaits, aids and basic riding terms. The diagrams of aids are very useful.The photos help to give the reader a clearer picture of the concepts beign described.This book would be good for any rider to read. Written by one of the top dressage riders, it can be a bit tedious at times, since the authour's native tounge is not english.

4-0 out of 5 stars Practical Dressage Manual
A condensed but informative book covering the basic gaits through upper level movements, also covers the riders aids and position, and a brief chapter on competition.This book doesn't go into great detail but hasgood information in it for anyone interested in dressage.It outlinesseveral exercises to develop the horse, and riders aids for movements areillustrated as if you are looking down on the horse.Written by a veryexperienced rider emphasizing the "art" of dressage. A goodaddition to any dressage library. ... Read more

19. Dressage Training Customized: Schooling Your Horse as Best Suits His Individual Personality and Conformation
by Britta Schoffmann
Hardcover: 184 Pages (2010-05-01)
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Personality, breed, and gender-specific characteristics all come into consideration in this insightful guide for solving the puzzle on how to best train a horse. The training strategies in this manual explain the different styles of learning that encourage each type of horse to perform at its best based on temperament and conformation. Whether evaluating a horse about to be trained or seeking information on an appropriate horse to purchase, the rider will know whether to create an ever-changing routine for a hot-headed horse or a comfortable repetitious routine for a timid one.

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20. Twisted Truths of Modern Dressage: A Search for a Classical Alternative
by Philippe Karl
Hardcover: 160 Pages (2008-11-01)
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Asin: 3861279533
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One of the most outspoken critics of the modern dressage world reveals some disturbing facts about the physical, anatomical, and mental effects through official dressage guidelines as issued by the German Horse Society (FN) on horses. By comparing these with philosophies of masters of classical riding such as La Gueriniere and Baucher, he shows possible solutions to the challenging situation of modern competitive dressage. After describing the effects of modern dressage, breeding, and business, the author suggests a classical alternative—the philosophy of "legerity."

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This book is amazing. It goes into detail on every aspect and explainations paired with really simple diagrams make it so easy to understand. It has opened my eyes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Philippe Karl is phenomenal!
I come from a hunter jumper background and was looking for a good introduction to dressage.I took a few lessons from a local instructor and was taught using the methodology Philippe is so against.And he was right, it felt terrible (it felt like my horse was blocked from going forward).Actually, a lot of his methods are those that were taught to me by my hunter jumper instructors so many years ago.My horse has a tendency to get above the bit and avoid the contact.Karl has really helped me with this horse.I also do natural horsemanship, and his theory and natural methods blend well with what I want to attain with my horse.

I highly recommend his DVD series also (you can rent them from [...]).The series was extremely helpful and motivating.It made the upper level movements seem attainable at some point in my lifetime!Karl is a great teacher.He is easy to understand and explains things really well.I can't wait to get my hands on the other media he has available.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificat Farm Owner/Dressage Trainer
Most comprehensive, clear, and organized book I have ever read on Dressage.Philippe's training principles have made an amazing difference for me and all my horses!Methods provide a win/win situation for both horse and rider.I would definitely recommend this book.It is a valuable resource for all riding disciplines.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thankful
This is the best dressage book I have ever read. Nobody, has ever explained in detail about the hands and the horses mouth until I read this book. I have a big lazy warmblood who does not want to go forward. I rode him for years with the low set hands, spurs, whip, lunging with side reins, and occasionally the draw reins and got nothing but resistance and me going home wanting to sell my horse. Now my horse is explosively forward and happy and so am I. This book was a MAJOR light bulb moment for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Twisted Truths of Modern Dressage
Outstanding compilation of the French Classical tradition of riding begun by Francois Baucher and followed by too few in recent times.Illustrations and pictures are true to the text which explains in detail the requirements of flexions for suppleness, lightness and riding in release of the aids.A very complex subject made readable. Very well written. Too bad it is not interactive so that questions could be asked!Will watch for future offerings from this fine author who really lives his subject.I highly recommend this volume to all riders who are interested in the welfare of the horse and in creating a willing dancing partner.Another must for the concerned rider:Tug of War: Classical Versus "Modern" Dressage: Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect Riding Negatively Affects Horses' Health

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