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  • Books with Suppling Exercises

    Any recommendations?

    I did try to search for threads with this subject but not much luck. If I missed anything please link me! Thanks!

  • #2
    leg yield done correctly is the best suppling exercise. for a really stiff horse, turn on forehand, but of course these have to b e done correctly. best to have an instructor show you how,


    • Original Poster

      I guess that didn't come out like I meant it to. I understand that part but I was thinking along the lines of books like 101 Arena Excercises. It kinda has "patterns" to ride that include things like turn on the forehand, leg yielding, etc...


      • #4
        There's 101 Dressage Excercises. Its a great book.


        • #5
          oh i understood you, i just think books like 101 arena exercises don'[t have much value. if you were to just go down the track or from the quarter line and leg yield correctly, it would supple your horse. the thing is with a book like that ypu get no feedback and that's what ypu need, and that's why lessons are needed.


          • Original Poster

            Ahh I see.
            I do take a lesson each week (h/j lesson though). Was just looking for some more ideas.


            • #7

              Also gives good descriptions of what you're trying to achieve.


              • #8
                doesnt your instructor give you things to practice til the next lesson?

                most people have a pretty full dance card just trying to do their homework - are you not happy that what she's giving you to do is sufficient? or that its working?


                • #9
                  All the classics list suppling excercises. Might try Zettl (Dressage in Harmony), Podhajsky (Horse and Rider), and Sally O'connor (essential excercises...).

                  One of the classicists, can't remember exactly but think it was Podhajsky, wrote that LY is a waste of time because why would you teach it without the proper bend then change it later (talking about not just going to half pass). If you are going to bend the horse, shoulder-in in various excercises probably does more.

                  Zettl and O'Connor's books have lots of excercises. I have found that the full training books are better usually as they explain the why's and how's best, telling you when to integrate things which is important.


                  • #10
                    poadhajsky came from a school of thought as does the SRS where they very rarely use Leg Yield and i was with a trainer for many years who had very little use for it,l and you can read knopfhardt and many others who have very little or absolutely no use for it.

                    they are able to supple the horse 'in the work', just by how they ride and bend and work the horse, and for the rest of the world, there is leg yield.


                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by slc2 View Post
                      doesnt your instructor give you things to practice til the next lesson?

                      most people have a pretty full dance card just trying to do their homework - are you not happy that what she's giving you to do is sufficient? or that its working?
                      I'm happy with my instructor, but I don't want to be repetitive and do my "homework" every single day until my next lesson.

                      For those that gave book recommendations, thanks!


                      • #12
                        if the home work is good repeating it every day tpo the next lesson will be a good thing...at least for the horse, LOL.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lewin View Post

                          Also gives good descriptions of what you're trying to achieve.

                          LOVE this book. It would by my top reccomendation as well.


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                            • #15
                              Horsemanship, by Waldemar Seunig explains the process of suppling the horse in rich detail, as do Erik Herbermann’s books, Dressage Formula and A Horseman’s Notes.