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A Search for Collection: Science and Art in Riding Hardcover – 31 Jan 2009

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd; 1st Edition edition (31 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851319653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851319650
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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"'[Dressage for the 21st Century] has to be the most complete book on Equitation to the highest levels, ever to be written. It is quite simply, a masterpiece - highly readable, yet totally scholarly, as would be expected from an author such as Paul Belasik, whose previous books have gained him a worldwide and well deserved following' - Heather Moffatt, author of Enlightened Equitation"

About the Author

Paul Belasik is a graduate of Cornell University and has written many articles on horses and horsemanship. He is the author of Riding Towards the Light, Exploring Dressage Technique and The Songs of Horses, the trilogy which gained him a large and appreciative audience. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed Dressage for the 21st Century. Paul Belasik gives clinics, lectures and demonstrations internationally, and trains a large cross-section of clients at his Pennsylvania Riding Academy at Moonlight Park where, in particular, his celebrated short courses concentrating on the rider's seat and position have brought him both acclaim and students from all over the world.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this latest book from Paul Belasik. As you would expect the focus is on collection and the science behind it.

Paul has worked with dr. Hilary Clayton, one of the worlds leading equine scientists and offers his findings in an intersesting and easily understandable manner.

It was a relatively short, concise book with many interesting points to confirm the advantage of training horses using the classical principles and not rushing the horse or compromising on it's training for the sake of competitive pursuits.

In my opininon I think that anybody with a basic understanding of dressage would certainly benefit from this book (as would their horses) and for more advanced riders there is lots of sound advice based on experience and proved by science which will help to further their training and deepen their understanding of collection and dressage in general.

I was particularly interested to read that horses do not actually step any furthur under the trunk the more that they collect, what actually happens is that there is less retraction of the hind legs.

In conclusion I would say that science definitely has a place in dressage and Paul Belasik keeps getting better and better. This book is a must for any dressage rider.
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Hi, I was very surprised in the start of this book when the author discussed his thoughts on surfing and being in Hawaii. But let me assure you that this book is related to dressage. As you read further you are privilaged to hear his explination and thoughts on correct gaits, analysis and the people, (he has helped) who are scientifically studying gaits. Some of it is controversial, which I love, it is so rare when someone is willing to write down their ideals and thoughts on dressage, without the usual dead pan 'this is how you collect'.Though the book does teach how to ride certain exercises that aid in collection. However, book is much more than that, it is thoughtful, provocative, insightful ohh gosh I could go on and on. I suggest you read it to evaluate your own thoughts and then find a horsey friend(s) and discuss.
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It's hard to rate this book highly enough. For those who love Paul Belasik's books, this will be another 'must have', I'm sure. For any who found his earlier writing a little arrogant or wordy, this is the master coming of age! I'm sure Paul Belasik does have a degree of arrogance, and what comes across beautifully is that he is critical of everything, including himself, in his search to distill horsemanship to its fundamentals.
He is incredibly well read - he references everything from the obvious Xenophon through Baucher, Pluvinel, Duke of Newcastle etc., etc. - it is a pretty exhaustive cross referencing and he is obviously a very driven man. Unlike many zealots, however, he seems open minded, and doggedly pursues evidence for his thoughts without "cherry picking". Some of the experiments and hi-tech observations reveal fascinating insights which underpin or refute some conventional wisdom - surprisingly, it turns out collected horses do not necessarily carry more weight behind, for example.
He weaves biomechanics, technique, psychology and evidence seamlessly throughout, explaining how, for exaple, to ride shoulder in, why we do it, who 'invented it', what the benefits are to the horse, pitfalls of innacurate riding and the midset to school mindfully. Ditto for all the classical school movements...
Cannot recommend this book enough - an absolute gem, and one to re-read many times.
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I did enjoy this book however I found a lot of it to be beyond my knowledge of dressage (as a beginner) and my intellect - interesting, but most of it was way over my head and I struggled with some of the psychological parts to understand what he was talking about. One to go back to once I have more dressage knowledge perhaps..
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I thought it was great some of the technical bits were a bit lost on me .However this book like his riding into the light series has had a massive influence on me.His view on competitive riding being so limiting is interesting . I love his analogies respect for equestrian history and underlying mystical philosophy .It is also fairly short but concise and well written.Like the best of books i think i am a better person for having read it and i know my horses are gratefull too.
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