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Your favourite dressage books/videos?

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  • Your favourite dressage books/videos?

    Now that it's winter and I can't always ride as much as I'd like to, one of my 2008 resolutions is to read more about dressage. I have the two Jane Savoie books on cross-training exercises, Sally O'Connor's Common Sense Dressage and Lessons with Lendon, all of which I refer to often, and the Sally Swift and Mary Wanless books.

    Do you have any other favourite dressage books that would help a Training Level rider understand dressage basics, maybe something a little more theoretical than the above? How about videos--particularly ones that show what's correct and what is not?

    Thanks in advance and all the best for 2008!

  • #2
    Podhasky, Complete training of horse and rider
    I wasn't always a Smurf
    Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
    "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
    The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


    • Original Poster

      Thank you!


      • #4
        WAZ's "A matter of Trust" video series.
        Where's the glamour? You promised me glamour!


        • #5

          Wilfred Muessler "Riding Logic" if you can still find it.


          • #6
            Originally posted by tobruk View Post
            Wilfred Muessler "Riding Logic" if you can still find it.
            Available on amazon for $2.44 in PB
            The HC is $70
            I wasn't always a Smurf
            Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
            "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
            The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


            • #7
              I like Kyra's book and videos. You can find them used at half.com, eBay or Amazon.


              • #8
                Oh- there are so many- for Christmas I decided to add:

                anky's how to select a dressage horse
                heuschmann- tug of war
                and finally by far the best read and fun,fun,fun

                Anky's bio of how she started riding Prisco and Bonfire...

                (I got those in Holland- through the advice of a friend...)

                They are all worth it. And I will NOT go into any discussion about anky/heuschman or RK...!!

                I also LOVE Racinet explains Baucher (has a lot of really great usable advice in it...and is realistic) and Carl Hester's last book...!!
                "the man mite be the head but the woman is the neck and the neck can turn the head any way she wants..." -smart greek woman


                • #9
                  Classical Schooling With The Horse In Mind, by Anja Beran -- very cool and inspiring, she works with and imparts on the reader a kind and patient attitude.

                  It's a book up there with Berdant's Horsemanship.


                  • #10
                    WAZ's two books, Dressage in Harmony and Circle of Trust

                    Reiner Klimke's book, Training the Young Dressage Horse
                    Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


                    • Original Poster

                      Thanks so much, guys! Looking forward to lots of interesting reading...


                      • #12
                        Complete Training of Horse and Rider, every Nuno Oliviera training book I've ever read, and an old book by a wonderful trainer named Franz Maringer called 'Horses were made to be Horses'. Franz was Austrian and had been a Bereiter at the Spanish Riding School for years under Alois Podjhasky before he was offered the job as our national trainer here in Australia many years ago. He changed the face of horsemanship here, and made it possible for Australian riders to achieve some serious Olympic and international success. Franz was a natural philosopher and he was forever writing little notes to himself during and after lessons, and after his death in the early eighties his wife compiled all of those notes into this incredible little book. It's unlike any other training book I've ever read so if anyone ever gets the chance to read it it's worth it's weight in gold.

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                        • #13
                          I really enjoy watching the " On The Levels" videos as it shows all the tests being ridden and the comementary is very helpful... Not really a "How TO" , but is very helpful to me.
                          "Success comes in cans, not in cannots!"


                          • #14
                            Dressage in Lightness by Sylvia Loch
                            Dressage for the New Age by Dominique Barbier
                            Gallant Gesture "Liam" 1995 chestnut ottb gelding
                            Mr. Painter "Remy" 2006 chestnut ottb gelding
                            My Training Blog: www.dressagefundamentals.com


                            • #15
                              Has anyone watched the Jane Savoie "Train with Jane" series? The video clips that they showed on her website looked interesting, but each DVD is only 20-30 minutes. For $97 for 80-120 minutes of video, it would have to be *really* good.
                              "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

                              "...you'll never win Olympic gold by shaking a carrot stick at a warmblood..." see u at x


                              • #16
                                Another here who will vouch for Franz Mairinger's Horses are Made to Be Horses.
                                It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                                • #17
                                  I'm bumping this thread again to see if there are any new recommendations. Also, specifically, both I and my horse are new to dressage. If I want to start with a couple of books that cover the basics of theory and body position, which would those be?


                                  • #18
                                    I just started reading Mike Schaffer's "Riding in the Moment: Discover the Hidden language of Dressage," and like it very much thus far. If you follow the link below, you can do "Look inside" and read the first few pages to see if it's something you're interested in.


                                    It's free if you have Kindle Unlimited on Amazon. But, if you get the electronic version, I highly recommend that you read it on a tablet or regular computer rather than a Kindle. The diagrams were, to use a highly technical term, all wonky on my regular Kindle, but look perfectly fine on my Kindle Fire.
                                    "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
                                    that's even remotely true."

                                    Homer Simpson


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Hoofprince in Mud View Post
                                      Classical Schooling With The Horse In Mind, by Anja Beran -- very cool and inspiring, she works with and imparts on the reader a kind and patient attitude.
                                      I've been enjoying this one as well!


                                      • #20
                                        I'm surprised no one has mentioned Jec Ballou. Classical rider, amazing knowledgeable about training, biomechanics, rehab and conditioning. A wealth of information in all her publications.
                                        Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember that what you have now was once among the many things that you only hoped for.