101 Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider Plastic Comb – 1 Jul 2005
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Jec Ballou is the author of 101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider, 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider, and Equine Fitness. She is a national advisor to the Western Dressage Association of America and contributed to the current rules for the sport. She teaches clinics across the United States. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.
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101 Dressage Exercises is full of ideas that will help you improve your horses way of going. They range from very easy to fairly advanced though with some imagination you can simplify the more difficult exercises and then aim to progress your work so that you doing the exercise that they describe.
I was having real problems with canter work - both transition into and out of and during. I concentrated for two weeks on my horses canter. Before this I was getting 3 and 4 for canter work in Prelim Affiliated Tests but 6 and 7 for trot and after concentrating on his canter work by using the cantering exercises in the book in my next test I got 6's and 7's. The cantering even feels better.
The book is laid out with a diagram on one page and on the opposite facing page a description of the exercise and what you have to do. It is very easy to follow. It covers warming up, looseness, straightness, rider position, lateral work, cantering, suspension, flying changes, lengthening and fitness.
The book assumes that you already know how to get the horse to leg yield, turn on the forehand and haunches, shoulder-in etc - it does not explain how to do this - it informs you how you use these movements to improve the horse. Though not every exercise requires you to perform one of these movements. Many of the exercises include simple transitions and flexing the horse.
It really is a must have book in order to give you and your horse variety in your work. I would normally do 4-5 exercises spending 10 mins on each with 5 mins on each rein. I was able to generate a plan using 4-5 different exercises each day for 16 days. It really has made schooling much more enjoyable and I think my horse enjoys it more too! I would say it is the most useful book I have ever bought and I have bought a lot of horse riding related books!
This is a truly indispensable little book - and it's even in format that you can hang it up for quick reference (don't leave it in the stable.... a large quadrupedic friend of mine says it's quite tasty...) ;-)
I was lucky enough to have been taught by some of the great Masters of classical Dressage / Schooling.
If you really care about your horse & it's comfort, strongly advise you seek out the classical Masters books.
You won't win as many rossettes, but you will improve any horse you ride.
I know which I prefer.
Having got the jumping one I thought I would try this one too. Although dressage is not my favoured work, I did however find that this book did give things to do that made it easier and more enjoyable. Again, one that I can go back to and as I progress it will I am sure help me with more complicated moves.
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