Dressage Formula Hardcover – 16 Sep 1999
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About the Author
Erik Herbermann was born in Amsterdam, 1945. At an early age, he moved with his family to Johannesburg and ten years later moved to Canada. His initial equestrian training was with Patricia Salt FBHS, herself a pupil of Richard Watjen and Oberbereiter Lindenbauer at the Spanish Riding School. Subsequently, he studied under the celebrated Classical riding teacher Egon von Neindorff whose annual displays of classical equitation are renowned throughout the world. Von Neindorff wrote the foreword to the first edition of Dressage Formula.
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The title of the book very much explains what it is about - the formula that will help you reach new heights with your horse.
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The title of the book very much explains what it is about - the formula that will help you reach new heights with your horse. I recommend this book to every rider willing to give their horse more comfort and joy in dressage.
Straightforward, well-illustrated outline format sections on the seat, the aids, and correct basic work give wonderfully clear guidance to riders, while prose chapters on the philosophy and aims of classical horsemanship emphasize the spiritual values on which the art form is based. The section on the "most common position corrections" should be prominently posted in every dressage arena!
This book concentrates on the stuff too few people talk about -- the years of work toward gaining a correct seat that must precede any truly classical riding, and the rewards along the way of watching your horses become happy and beautiful. Focus is on improving the average horse and working on correct basics, not movements. This is a great contrast from all the competition oriented books that focus on teaching movements to the superhorse and rider, without talking enough about the development of the basic work.
Cannot praise this book highly enough. It is a practical bible for any classical rider.
I have mixed feelings about the style of the book, however. While its "outline" format, complete with numbered sections for easy cross-referencing, certainly presents the information in a straightforward and logical way, the extensive use of footnotes to clarify many points makes it more difficult to read -- I often ended up losing my place in the text after reading the footnotes.
In general, though, this is my favorite book on dressage to date. I am recommending this to everyone I know who is interested in dressage, or just in the basic principles of good riding and horsemanship in general.
Note that this book is not really a "how to ride dressage" text, in that it does not explain, for example, the correct aids for every movement. However, it does have something for everyone, from beginners to advanced riders.