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Training the Sport Horse Hardcover – 31 May 2004

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd (31 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851318541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851318547
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHRISTOPHER BARTLE has had success in both dressage and three-day eventing. In 1984 he made history when he finished sixth at the Los Angeles Olympics - the highest ever position for a British rider in dressage - and in 1998 he won Badminton on Word Perfect. After studying with his mother, Nicole Bartle, and with Le Commandant de Parisot, former Ecuyer en Chief at the Cadre Noir, Christopher trained with Olympic gold medallist Hans Blixen-Finecke. For six years he was a member of the British dressage team and his memorable partnership with Wily Trout gave him two National titles amongst many other successes. As an eventer he was a member of the British dressage team which won the gold medal at the 1997 European Championships. Christopher Bartle has trained many of Britain's top event riders and was appointed dressage trainer to the British three-day event team for the Altanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) Olympics. He is trainer to the German three-day event team and managing director of the Yorkshire Riding Centre. GILLIAN NEWSUM is the author of four equestrian books and co-author of three others. Since 1982 she has been equestrian correspondent of Country Life and she also works for the Guardian. She has evented at novice level and is a regular follower of the Fitzwilliam Hunt.

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Super book, easy to read, setting out the complete training system and underlying philosophy. Should be read from cover to cover as would be a waste just to dip into it. Horses respond very well to this training system, which cuts out a lot of the usual miscommunications between horse and rider.
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Excellent book, no-nonsense and easy to understand but with an insightfullness lacking in similar training manuals.
Definately recommend.
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Exellent 13 Sep 2005
By E. Fredericks - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Christopher Bartle has written a very informative book on dressage and jumping training. He starts off by explaining the biomechanics behind why we work horses in certain outlines, eg. long and low, and the way the horses muscles and ligaments work, and uses some good analogies to explain this to the reader. He also talks about the posture of the rider, and how this can affect the way the horse moves.

Christopher divides the training of horses into three segments, "nursery school", which is from birth through to the horse being started under saddle, "primary school", which is basic training in dressage and jumping, and "secondary school", which is the training of collection. The book is divided into chapters according to the "school" of training that the horse is currently at. This makes his system of training easy to understand, as the book has a logical progression.

Some of the aids that Christopher uses differ slightly from what other trainers use, so some readers may find that confusing. Also, the book does not contain many schooling exercises. I would not say that this is the only book you will need on training horses, but I wouldn't say that about any book. Just as you can't learn everything there is to know about riding from one instructor, neither can you learn everything from one book. None the less, this is an exellent book, and well worth adding to your collection.
Christopher Bartle - horseman and gentleman 4 Mar 2014
By Carol - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Christopher Bartle has set down, in his humble way, a thorough and methodical approach to training and "being" with horses. From his extensive education and experience in many disciplines he's given the horse world a wonderful guide to training and living with horses.

Thank you Christopher
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