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Most other dressage books, as the writer of this well produced tome points out, assume that we are all blessed with top notch, specifically bred, perfectly conformed dressage horses. This book, rightly, does not.
The author makes an interesting and valid comparison between the 'classic' dressage riders of 50 or so years ago and the modern 'competition' riders of today.
In short, this is a book to study, use well and consider carefully. A very worthwhile purchase for the dressage rider of today who wishes more from their horse and their technique.
i cannot praise Philippe Karl and his methods highly enough! Read and re-read, for this should be EVERY dressage riders bible!
harsh use of spurs, whip and hands!
evil training methods, which are NOT horse friendly!
all the FEI dresage principles which are vague, complicated, AND DON'T MAKE SENSE !!!!
This book is great for everyone... from the future olympic medallists to the shaggy field pony!! All Philippe's methods are kind, clear and easy to understand for both horse and rider! All methods are backed up with photographic based drawings and photos!!!
all i can say is READ IT !! god bless Philippe Karl for saving our horses !!!! :)
Fortunately, he has been training a few talented coaches in the UK for the last 3 years and fortunately I train with what I perceive to be the most talented of them! I find myself more able to read and understand this book having gone through his teachings with my coach.
Look on his website and get yourself to one of these people to confirm what you read.... but saying that I dont think the horses mind that much if you get it wrong :-)
At last, someone with expert training and riding knowledge willing to take the time to really make it clear quite why the current dressage circuit is so back to front! How a correct understanding of a horse's anatomy and mindset can encourage ANY horse to exercise its body athletically, beneficially and willingly so.
Vets and equine physics have been trying to draw attention to the sad, sad way that so many dressage horses's bodies were being ruined by modern dressage training methods and riding styles.
The legete - lightness of riding IS possible for all of us with this book. When I first opened a friends' copy I knew that the drawings, the photographs and the small sections of information would enable me to easily grasp, understand & then implement his training suggestions. I bought the book and tried them out. With a variety of horses and ponies in varying stages of training or rehab. And quite simply it was a joy to see their change in attitude & their progress. And I am not talking about hours and hours of boring repetitive training. If you get it right then the horse just wants to work with you!
To be honest I have also had a few lessons from one of Karl"s student instructors too which did help with the feel of the rein aids but the suggestions for seat, leg and weight aids can be assimilated if one is prepared to take the time it takes and build those good foundations.
No, I am not a professional dressage individual. I am interested in classical riding though and it is important to me that me horse enjoys our riding sessions as much as I do. And I am REALLY enjoying embracing this way of riding to the best of our ability. (Which would probably fall way short of PK's ideals! but everyone has to start somewhere :))
Most recent customer reviews
Loved it, clarified a lot that was muddled for me. It also fits comfortably alongside the principles that seem to be being extrapolated from the studies from Equestrian science... Read morePublished 12 months ago by nom de plume
This is the Kindle version of a book I already own. I got it because the book is quite large and it is cumbersome to take to clinics etc. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2015 by Anna
Whatever your views, this book should be read by all those of us who do dressage just to make us consider other ways of training our horses.Published on 9 Feb. 2015 by Charlotte D
Fabulous book but you need to read it all, you can't skip sections, very indepth look at the way of the horse..Published on 14 Mar. 2014 by Mel