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Common Sense Dressage: An Illustrated Guide Paperback – 15 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Half Halt Pr (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939481847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939481842
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,585,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sally O'Connor writes from a wealth of experience, letting the reader in on her own trials and tribulations while handing out a simple common-sense guide to dressage.
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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Bought for my friend she loves it
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for the dressage student... 21 Oct. 2000
By Laura Haggarty - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent one for any student of dressage. It might be a wee bit complicated for the absolute beginner to riding, but for most who have had some training it's appropriate. The book has a ton of excellent diagrams and illustrations, many showing the view from above so that the desired position of the horse is clearly shown. There are a number of exercises in each chapter which allow the rider to work on various elements on their own as well as with a trainer.
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!
4.0 out of 5 stars A enduring classic which I keep referring to. 5 Aug. 2014
By Penny Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
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I borrowed this from a friend - I was very pleased to be able to buy a copy for myself - for Christmas - and delivered so promptly. The book is full of good hints and explanations for the beginner and Level 1 rider.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best dressage book I've read 13 Aug. 2013
By Christine A. Krings - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first dressage book that compliments my dressage trainer's instructions. Good illustrations to help demonstrate the points. I use it as a reference book.
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book 13 Feb. 2013
By HamSam - Published on Amazon.com
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excellent exercises recommendations and great advice from sally o'connor. a must have for anyone pursuing excellence in dressage or breaking young horses
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title of the book 16 May 2011
By N. Rabier - Published on Amazon.com
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Not a user-friendly book. Unlike the title "common sense" for amateurs to understand. It tries to say too much, with difficult theories. I have plenty dressage books which discuss the same theories, I didn't have to buy this one.
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