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Dressage Formula Hardcover – 16 Sep 1999

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (16 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851317537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851317533
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,279,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 amount of elaboration in this book about the true basics of classical riding makes it by far one of the best available dressage books on the market. The 'basics' does not make this book for amateurs, because even some advanced riders have not had the basics cleared. I was inspired by Herbermann's respect for the horse and his approach on making training more pleasurable for horses. His simple and clear instuction on the essence of classical riding makes it within reach of every rider.
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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I think that this will become my riding bible! I've only just started reading it but love everything he says. Its superbly written and explained. I have a fantastic classical dressage trainer (who told me about this book) and what she has taught me resonates so much with this book it's scary! This was first published in 1980 and his knowledge and ideas of horsemanship back then is exceptional. It's a shame his thoughts and ideas are not being used today as much as they should be. Thank goodness for the likes of Sylvia Loch/Carl Hester/ my trainer keeping classical dressage alive. Why it's not out there with all the other top sellers astounds me! I'm so glad I found this gem and would recommend anyone interested in riding correctly to get this book.
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Great book - very clearly written. Ideal if you would like to build solid riding foundations - recognising it's a significant investment in time and patience and no shortcuts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best explanation of dressage basics anywhere. 17 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book lives by my bed and I will soon have to buy another copy because there is no more room for marginal notes, comments, etc. If I could only recommend one book about riding this would be it. There is beautiful writing here about the goals, aims and principles of classical riding, but even more helpful to the rider are the detailed chapters on the basics. Ever wondered why those great classical riders make it all look so effortless, while everyone else is huffing and puffing and fighting with their horses? Everyone talks about how important basics are and how riders spend too little time mastering them before trying to do "the movements," but most dressage books spend perhaps a few pages on position and aids and then jump right into shoulder-in and it's off to the races. Herbermann puts his money where his mouth is and actually devotes an entire book to explaining all the tiny details that go into creating the basic foundation for classical, harmonious riding. Basics, basics, basics! Chapters on the seat and position, the aids, and the signs of correct and incorrect work. If you want to get away from "band-aid" riding --riding from correction to correction-- and find a guide into the realm of correct, harmonious, classical work, this book is the place to start. This is one of the most uncompromising -- and inspiring -- discussions of the principles of classical riding you will ever read.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best on classical riding 11 Feb. 2001
By Duaa Anwar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The amount of elaboration in this book about the true basics of classical riding makes it by far one of the best available dressage books on the market. The 'basics' does not make this book for amateurs, because even some advanced riders have not had the basics cleared. I was inspired by Herbermann's respect for the horse and his approach on making training more pleasurable for horses. His simple and clear instuction on the essence of classical riding makes it within reach of every rider. The first part of the book focuses on the rider's position and aids. Later on, collection and advanced work is described in detail. He doesn't get into very advanced stages though...flying changes, canter pirouettes, piaffe, passage, etc., are not covered. The book is about getting the basics right.
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.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars practical guidance from a classical master 6 Dec. 1999
By Jessica B. Woodhouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fantastic practical guide for classical riders! Eric Herbermann is a long-time student of Egon von Neindorff, widely regarded as one of the great living classical masters. I have never ridden at von Neindorff's Reitinstitut, but my understanding from those who have is that Herbermann's book (approved by von Neindorff) reflects Reitinstitut teachings very closely.
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.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 5 Mar. 2000
By Queenjill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Herr Herbermann has a wonderful attitude about horses, riding, and dressage: he has the utmost respect for the horse, and believes that dressage is nothing more than a way to make any horse healthier and happier. He stresses the importance of correct work from the beginning, without which the horse and rider cannot truly advance through the levels. The use of "short cuts" such as draw reins, martingales and big spurs ultimately turn out not to be short cuts at all. And riders must strive to be correct and consistent in their position, application of the aids, and sensitivity to the horse's mental state.
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.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in depth source, but handy quick reference too! 31 Aug. 2000
By Philippa Sumsion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having recently started instructing a few people, I find that I'm reaching for this book to find new and better ways to explain basic concepts of seat and hands and position. The book is well written without being wordy, the explanations are clear and precise and I particularly like the point form format that it takes. its a very easy read without being condescending or complicated. I highly recommend this book to all horsemen and women, even if you are not interested in dressage. I found it refreshing that he illustrates various points on three different horses, none of which (by his own admission) are particularly ideally suited for dressage. this brings it down to the 'common mans' level, showing how you don't have to have a grand prix trained, expensive, high bred horse in order to achieve the same results. Definitely recommend this to anyone.
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