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  • Dressage books worth reading?

    With Christmas coming I'm wondering what books I should be putting on my list. What are some suggestions? Where do you think you can get the best prices? Thanks

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    I've found the best prices on Amazon, especially if you don't mind used.

    Books? That's harder. I've got lots I like anything by Jane Savoie. One interesting book I read recently was by Betsy Steiner. While I hated her clinics, Mary Wanless books are good, especially the two most recent Ride with your Mind Clinic and RWYM Essentials
    Dressage with Kyra is another favorite.

    I don't think any dressage library would be complete without Podhasky's Complete training of Horse and Rider
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    • #3
      i'm really loving my copy of "dressage in lightness" by sylvia loch, it's been well worth the price
      Last edited by Alexie; Dec. 7, 2010, 02:55 PM.

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      • #4
        Anatomy of Dressage (formerly Anatomy of Riding).
        "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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        • #5
          The Essential by Paul Belasik
          or if you are on the cheap, start with Riding Towards the Light which is one of the three books in The Essential.

          This man changed the way I saw dressage, horses, art, life, everything for the better. I think he's truly the best kept secret of dressage.
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          • #6
            Anything written by a Klimke.

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            • #7
              Apropos Horses and Riders

              APROPOS - Horses and Riders by Hans Senn. A true horseman who was an amazing teacher. I keep his book in my grooming box, and on days I don't have a lesson, I open to a random page before each ride, and it gives me lines (thoughts) to work on during that ride. Hans actually passed away just recently, but every line I read, I can hear him say!

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              • #8
                A little teeny book by Charles der Kunffy called "The Ethics and Passions of Dressage". More like a book of philosophical descriptions rather than a how-to
                book but a neat chapter of one liners, such as: The head must hang like a chandelier from the neck. Without elbows there is no riding. Where knowledge ends,brutality begins, and more. A book you can open on any page and read something that you can get something from.
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                • #9
                  The Classical Seat by Sylvia Loch.

                  The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse by deKunffy
                  Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                  Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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                    Originally posted by My Two Cents View Post
                    APROPOS - Horses and Riders by Hans Senn. A true horseman who was an amazing teacher. I keep his book in my grooming box, and on days I don't have a lesson, I open to a random page before each ride, and it gives me lines (thoughts) to work on during that ride. Hans actually passed away just recently, but every line I read, I can hear him say!
                    Oh no...I hadn't heard about Hans! I used to live in MN, and knew him and Carole (not well, but everyone knew Hans). He was a treasure!

                    And yes definately read APROPOS....a beautiful collection of Hans wisdom.
                    Last edited by TBMaggie; Dec. 4, 2010, 08:48 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                      A little teeny book by Charles der Kunffy called "The Ethics and Passions of Dressage". More like a book of philosophical descriptions rather than a how-to
                      book but a neat chapter of one liners, such as: The head must hang like a chandelier from the neck. Without elbows there is no riding. Where knowledge ends,brutality begins, and more. A book you can open on any page and read something that you can get something from.
                      This is an excellent book and the first one in my library that I give to new riders to read.
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                      • #12
                        Podhajsky's My Horses My Teachers
                        \"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.\" Charles Dickens

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                        • #13
                          Dressage Riding- Richard Watjen .My spelling might be off on his last name.
                          Years ago when i went up to Michael Poulins farm in Waterville,maine he suggested this book to me.
                          It tells you everything you need to know.

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                          • #14
                            Jane Savoie books

                            Lendon Gray's Step-by-Step book (from articles in PH)

                            Taking Up the Reins, Priscilla Endicott (a MUST read) Amazon has access to some copies.

                            Dressage Rider's Survival Guide, Margaret Odgers (a fun read with a lot of truth in it).

                            Dressage Unscrambled, Bill Woods (also a fun read but with lots of snippets of truth). If you get nothing else out of it (which I doubt) you will learn that no matter how badly you screw up a test, someone else has outdone you before.

                            The DeKunffy books (good reads but I suspect not so relevant to all of the dressage smurfs out there).

                            The Paul Belasik books (as above with the DeKunffy books, but it's been a long time since I read them).

                            Dressage Insights, Excerpts from Experts, Kathy Connelly. (It's been a long time since I read it but I remember liking it.)

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                            • #15
                              I won a Championship on a homebred and recieved "Dressage Dreams 10" by Stephen Clarke as a thank-you gift. My boss had a lovely personal inscription wrote to me, by Stephen who was judging at the show.
                              I have come to really enjoy the book. It has beautiful photos and profiles of all the top riders, then looks at their horses/bloodlines/daily life and story, then profiles their trainers and their training philosophy. Each rider/horse/trainer combo highlights a specific dressage movement that they are paramount at.
                              ie: "Lightness" Carl Hester/Escapado/Anna Van Olst
                              "Harmony" Debbie McDonald/Brentina/Klaus Blakenhol
                              "Halt and Salute" Kyra Kyrklund/Max/Richard White
                              "Collected Trot" Isabell Werth/Satchmo/Wolfram Wittig...
                              and so on for all movements. I would highly recommend it for a dressagey person or kid (it also covers the top European Pony riders and ponies).

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                              • #16
                                I have really liked "The Education of Horse and Rider" a Gide to basic dresage and classical horsemanship for our time

                                by Jean Froissard and Lily Powell

                                A comprehensive treatement of the basic training for horses and what a rider should expect to accomplish with the horse training up through the basics of classical french dressage. Specific exercises, protocols and works to build fundemental skills in the horse and in the rider, and the reasons behind the protocols.

                                Very encyclopedic, I refer to it often and use it to go back to basics frequently.

                                If you want to have the fundementals of the french school, this gives you an outline and foundation to continue your research, and upon which to design your works.
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                                • #17
                                  Read Wiki Leaks, tons of interesting inside stories
                                  Royal Winter Fair Horse Show Toronto Tickets

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                                  • #18
                                    About dressage? Jonah?
                                    Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

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