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Common Sense Dressage: An Illustrated Guide Paperback – 15 Apr 2010
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She has trained in America and in Europe, and attempts to combine the best of her experience in each continent. The book includes chapters on lunging and in-hand work after the Portuguese tradition, which is excellent for building strength and suppleness in the horse.
The book takes the reader from first steps to Grand Prix movements, emphasising the need to keep an eye on the end 'product' at all times.
There is a chapter on work to help overcome conformational and temperamental problems, and offers common-sense advice such as introducing nervous horses to as many 'scary' experiences as possible so they don't 'freak' in the show ring.
Fully illustrated throughout, I thought this book was thoughtful and illuminating, with the author's respect for the horse shining through.
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Chapters include: The Horse - How it Functions; Lungeing; The Work in Hand; The Basic Work in All Three Gaits; Activating the Hindquarters; Competition; Special Exercises for Problems; Canter Work; Collection, Extension and In-Between; Piaffe; and Passage. There is also an index which allows you to refer to specific topics.
All in all this is a valuable addition to the library of any equestrian interested in this branch of the discipline, and one I will be sharing with my trainer. Don't hesitate to buy it!