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Training Strategies for Dressage Riders (Howell Equestrian Library (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 15 Apr 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (15 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764526375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764526374
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 987,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dressage–once the sport of royalty–combines athletic grace with the fascination of the horse–and–rider relationship at its most highly developed level. It is the art of making horse and rider move gracefully as one. Charles de Kunffy says in his Foreword to this 2nd edition of his classic training book, "I am relentless in the hope that I can inspire in my readers the ‘right spirit’ toward horses and riding; that I can also add to their scholarship and foster their ‘right–mindedness’ toward the art of riding and toward their beloved horses. "Horsemanship is a complex science and, when done well, a great art. As a science, it is a matter for the intellect, acquired by scholarship. When practiced on the level of art, it ennobles the spirit and elevates the character." Training Strategies for Dressage Riders is full of specific guidelines for the correct development of riders and their horses. It addresses the most important issues involved with improving equitation, so that riders will be able to gymnasticise their horses correctly. Believing in "equestrian elegance through effectiveness," Charles de Kunffy guides riders through the traditional dressage training system, explaining how horse and rider can combine athleticism and science into breathtaking art.

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Training Strategies for Dressage Riders is a unique guide to the art and technique of dressage, written by one of the most renowned equestrian trainers in the world today. It offers a complete training system for both horse and rider, paying special attention to how a rider’s actions can influence a mount. The book provides practical, in–the–saddle advice on a wide range of dressage topics, including: The art of classical equitation The development of the rider’s seat and aids Developing the basic gaits Gymnastic improvement Horse insubordination Clinics and competitions judging Whether you want to prepare for dressage competition or simply improve your riding skills, this is a matchless guide.

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Format: Hardcover
This book provides a wealth of information on how to become more effective on a horse. Although aimed at dressage riders, the principles contained in the book on how to adopt and maintain a secure, balanced position will be invaluable to anyone who is serious about riding.
Charles de Kunffy is extremely knowledgeable, and conveys his ideals on classical riding eloquently and in detail. His writing style may be too "academic" for some, but the essence of the text is superb.
This book is the kind that will be of use to all levels of rider - I find I keep refering to it the more I progress!
In summary, an interesting, informative book written by one of America's leading dressage trainers/judges.
ps. If you want a good pair, treat yourself to De Kunffy's other book: "The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse" - a unique insight into dressage training methods through using traditional school figures.
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Do you have a horse?
For the horse's sake, read this book, and when you are done, read it again!
It took me a long time to read this book, because every time I read a page I felt that my head was so full of thoughts that I had to put it down for a minute just to absorb it, and then I'd read the page over again.
And I loved every minute of it!
This is a book based on dressage, but it covers things that are essential for every horse that is going to be ridden, no matter what type of riding you are into; this book contains information you do not want to miss.
Charles De Kunffy is such a talented horse man and author, it is a true pleasure to read any one of his books, and this one is the best one yet. Besides being a very useful book in practical terms, it is so thorough in it's descriptions, what strikes me the most is the love and passion for the horse that comes through. A lot of people think that dressage is something for the few, but this book will show them how it can not only benefit every rider, but more importantly every horse.
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I have not actually finished this book, but so far, it is the BEST dressage book I have read. Mr. De Kunffy focuses on the horse being happy and relaxed. All of the horses shown in the book look GREAT! You can actually see the "elastic" feel in the reins. He also provides you with some good images for using while in the saddle; how it should feel when your seat is correct. I particulary like the fact that he emphasizes the relaxed horse. This is somewhat contrary to many dressage styles and many books I have read. I consider this book a "must have" for any horse person.
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Format: Hardcover
I really feel this book helps to give an insight in to what the rider/horse relationship needs to be like. Without a doubt it helps to deepen the understanding of why a good seat, good hands, good legs etc etc are so vital. It also gives sensible guidance on how to strive towards achieving them. Oh! if only it was easy.
I really recommend this book to anyone who takes their riding seriously!
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I've watched and attended clinics with Mr. de Kunffy. I have ridden dressage for 10+ years. I have found his clinics confusing. I do like this book though. I wouldn't recommend it to new dressage riders it's better read by the trainers and people who have ridden "real" dressage. Now to slam the beginners but it, like his clinics can be very confusing. I would recommend reading this book.
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