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Fundamentals of Riding Hardcover – 10 Jan 1998

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  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851316514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851316512
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.2 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charles Harris was a Fellow of the Institute of the Horse, and a Fellow of the Association of British Riding Schools. He was the first, and only, English rider to complete the full three-year graduation course at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. He taught, studied and lectured on riding for many years and is the author of many pamphlets, articles and books. Charles Harris died in 2001.

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I know Charles Harris personally for many years and this is the BASIC riding book for the Association of British Riding Schools.
It is a beginners book which will give any rider excellent foundations in a classical riding style and understanding of the horses biomechanics and freedom of movement. Charles is one of the only English riders ever to have attended the three year course at the Spanish Riding School and under the great Podasky to boot.

I think that the other reviewers are being very unfair as the book says exactly what it is on the title, the fact that Amazon have characterised it as a dressage boook is hardly the fault of the author. However every rider who calls themselves a dressage rider should have this on their shelf as without good fundamentals you can never achieve a balanced posture.
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Get the basics right and all else will follow with ease.
No matter the level of riding it is often lack of correctness in the 'basics' which creates problems and prevents horse and rider from attaining their full potential - and just as importantly, enjoyment (something often forgotten)
I turn to this book time and time again - it looks simple, the text is concise, but there is ample food for thought whether you are a novice or a Grand Prix rider. Charles was a great believer in making things as easy and simple to understand as possible, and I suspect that it is this approach which confuses some and might lead them to think this is a book purely for beginners. Far from it, it's a book which no rider or teacher should be without, and should refer to it regularly.
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This book is far too basic for the average dressage riding and I shall be taking it to the nearest charity shop for re-sale ASAP.
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