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    Default Dressage Library?

    What three basic books would you choose as the core of your dressage library?

    I need some tips.



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    what specifically are you looking for? my dressage specific library is over 100 strong - so if you can narrow it down a bit it will help!



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    I like Charles de Kunffy's The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse.

    Like mbm, there are so many choices and it depends upon where you are in your riding knowledge.

    I would highly recommend checking out what is in your public library and available to you via interlibrary loan to get your feet wet, if you're not already well-read in dressage.
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    Gymnasium of the horse
    The essential by Paul Belasik
    Training strategies for dressage riders cdk
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    The ones that get DAILY use for me are:

    Centered Riding.
    101 Dressage Exercises.



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    OP where are you in your journey? what specifically are you looking for?

    having someone suggest a tome when all you really want is some beginner info and or the opposite wont be much help

    so give us a place to start at least lol!



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    I'm cheating and listing four. All of these books are well-written and readable, and none of them talk down or make riding feel like an impossible pursuit (which is saying something, because I regularly feel like riding well will never happen for me!!).

    Dressage in Harmony by Walter Zettl -- this is my favorite "basic overview of dressage" book

    Anatomy of Dressage by Volker Schusdziarra and Heinrich Schusdziarra -- This is my favorite physical explanation of how to ride. You may find this helpful if those "pretend you are a seal, balanced on a willow tree, with yo-yos coming out of your spine" metaphors confuse you more than help you.

    Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse by Janet Foy -- This a great companion manual to the basic dressage books. If you read about how things are supposed to go and then get frustrated when they do not in fact go as the textbooks suggest, this book (in addition to your trainer/instructor, hopefully) can help you figure out why.

    The Elements of Dressage: A Guide to Training the Young Horse by Kurd Albrecht von Ziegner -- This is one I just. keep. rereading. I pick it back up every few years. Great basics, very digestible explanation of the training scale and stages of training.



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    This book is the cornerstone of any dressage library! http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Train...lois+podhajsky
    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" ~Friedrich Schiller



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    In addition to Podhajsky's "Complete Training of Horse & Rider" if you are in the USA you should get the USDF's Guide to Dressage. http://www.amazon.com/USDF-Guide-Dre...de+to+dressage
    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" ~Friedrich Schiller



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    Cool I have a large library but for starters

    The Elements of Dressage: A Guide to Training the Young Horse by Kurd Albrecht von Ziegner -- This is one I just. keep. rereading. I pick it back up every few years. Great basics, very digestible explanation of the training scale and stages of training.


    also Max Gahwyler's Competitive Edge series
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    I second Podhajsky's "Complete Training of Horse and Rider" and would add "Kottas on Dressage" by Arthur Kottas. I also have a huge library so there are many more I would add, but these are two of the basics.



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    Aww geeze, just three?

    Dressage in Lightness, Sylvia Loch
    The Complete Guide to Dressage, J Loriston-Clarke
    An Experts Guide to Basic Dressage, J Froissard
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    Dressage 101 by Jane Savoie
    Dressage for the Not so Perfect Horse Janet Foy.....Yay, on Kindle
    Ride with your Mind Masterclass Mary Wanless
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    Penmerryl's Sophie RIDSH
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    Thanks very much for your answers, everyone. This is the first chance I've had to check back since last night. I'm at the very, very beginning. Yes, I'll get over to the public library, which has a few.



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    Podhajsky is likely in your public library, and I'd recommend My Horses, My Teachers too. It's not an instructional manual, but it's very readable and very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arbiter View Post
    Thanks very much for your answers, everyone. This is the first chance I've had to check back since last night. I'm at the very, very beginning. Yes, I'll get over to the public library, which has a few.
    Check Amazon also, you can often get used books very inexpensively
    I wasn't always a Smurf
    Penmerryl's Sophie RIDSH
    "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
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    Walter Zettle's is the most simple for most riders.
    Podhajsky a good second.
    Seunig's Horsemanship is more involved, but a good third.
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    for someone just starting i would get Podhasjky's Complete Training of horse and rider.

    i also really like the young horse book by Anthony Crossley or the one by Klimke.

    There are so many to choose from! Walter Zettl's book is good too as is Kyra Kyrklund's



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    Three of my favorites. Good for any level rider.

    "Reflections On Equestrian Art" Nuno Oliveria
    "Riding Logic" Wilhelm Museler
    "Centered Riding" Sally Swift
    "I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted". - Anonymous



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    If you are at the very, very beginning and want to know what dressage showing in the USA is all about, then check out the USDF Guide to Dressage. It answers a lot of questions in simple language that other more theoretical books do not.
    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" ~Friedrich Schiller



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