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A Classical Riding Notebook Hardcover – 1 Apr 1994
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About the Author
When Michael Stevens first began riding he was struck by the contrast between the lack of schooling of many of the horses used in riding establishments, and the training possibilities described in books written by the equestrian masters. With great assiduousness he decided to delve into the objects an methods of the classical school in a quest for a greater understanding of the subject. As a result, several years later, his first book - A Classical Riding Notebook - came into being. Michael regularly schools a variety of horses and teaches private students. He admits to having a taste for competition and is at his happiest when riding in an arena, trying to improve a horse's way of going. He trained his own lippizaner gelding to advanced level.
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15 June 2017
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Sound dressage principles explained with rare clarity in plain English. However, I have never heard the great master Charles de Kunffy endorse the 'head behind the vertical' position (page 34) - the neck will be lower in early stages of training, but the nostril can still be ahead of the eye and must be, both to allow the horse to see and to maintain a supple back.
8 March 2001
This book is written very clearly and precisely. It is easy to follow and understand and extremely helpful. Everything is explained in plain english and tells you why to do the movements and more importantly how to do them. Excellent help with problems. Written without the usual waffling and keeps the readers' interest up until the last page.