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14th Nov 2002, 02:43 PM
Can anyone recommend some good dressage books? I'm interested in learning a little bit more about them! I would like something with some pictures since I know nothing about dressage!lol! Thanks
14th Nov 2002, 03:49 PM
You could probably get some from a horse shop but Im not sure!
21st Nov 2002, 01:34 AM
A good starter book is Heather's Enlightened Equitation and "Dressage Essentials" by Jane Kidd is also good with lots of pictures.
Once you get into it, I think Alois Podhajsky's "The Complete Training of Horse and Rider" is an essential book in anyone's library and Walter Zettl's "Dressage In Harmony: From Basic to Grand Prix" is excellent too.
22nd Nov 2002, 02:33 PM
oh I didn't know that heathers book was based on Dressage! I wanted to get it espeically after hearing everyone say how much they loved it!:) Maybe I'll get it for christmas I'll keep my fingers crossed!
7th Dec 2002, 01:58 AM
Centred Riding is a great book, not just on dressage, but it relates alot to dressage, on how to get your horse going nicely.. and it also has all of the lateral work etc. in there too!
7th Dec 2002, 02:44 AM
Another vote for Walter Zettl! Also Paul Belasik and Cross Training Your Horse I and II by Jane Savoie.
7th Dec 2002, 05:33 PM
my instructor told me to ask for, something along the lines of "principles of riding" or soemthing like that! hse said it was a great book!
* Groomette *
7th Dec 2002, 10:50 PM
There are many many many good dressage books out there. One of the problems that I find is that they dont teach it from the ground up. They assume alot of you and your horse, and how to build on it. There are a few I've come across that are magnificent, but really are just explinations on what to do to get there not what you should know first. Anyways some good dressage reads would be..
Dressage With Kyra - The Kyra Kyrklund Training Method Kyra Kyrklund
Practical Dressage Manual Bengt Ljunguist
and heres one book that really isn't totally based on dressage, but the help it has done to my seat is amazing.
The Classical Seat: A Guide For The Everyday Rider Sylvia Loch
Not sure about their availibility in the UK and such, but give it a try anyways :)
8th Dec 2002, 02:52 AM
If you are after a thorough idea of dressage you might want to look at the German Official Handbooks such as "Principles of Riding" and the dressage titles in the same series. Principles of riding is a general riding instruction book which goes into the very basics of riding, exercises and training of the horse.
It is very useful to look at before you pick up any dressage books as it is very thorough. The German Handbooks tend to give you the standard methods and definitions for the movements and how to ride them which can be a helpful guide and starting point.
They are however very expensive, at least where I am.
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