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Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse: Manege Patterns for Classical Training (Howell reference books) Hardcover – 1 Aug 1992

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (1 Aug. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876058969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876058961
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse is the first book devoted entirely to classical manege exercises that are ridden to supple, strengthen and, when necessary, correct. Internationally known instructor, coach and judge Charles de Kunffy details a program of exercises that will enable horses at all levels of dressage and combined training to improve their performance as equine athletes. Unlike other dressage books that explain how to exercise a horse in order to ride a standardized test, this book explains how such exercises can and should be used to increase performance ability, suspension, collection and changes of gaits through true patterns and counter patterns that are accompanied by diagrams and demonstration photographs. Those who have attended Charles de Kunffy′s clinics know that horses inevitably and rapidly improve under his guidance and that riders themselves improve as well. And those encountering him for the first time will experience in this, his third dressage book, what others already know: Here is a horseman of uncommon intelligence and wit who expresses himself clearly, simply and elegantly.

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The Howell Equestrian Library is a distinguished collection of books on all aspects of horsemanship and horsemastership. The nearly fifty books in print offer readers in all disciplines and at all levels of competition sound instruction and guidance by some of the most celebrated riders, trainers, judges and veterinarians in the horse world today. Whether your interest is dressage, show jumping or Western riding, or whether it′s breeding, grooming or health care, Howell has a book to answer your needs.

Get to know all the books in the Howell Equestrian Library: many are modern–day classics and have achieved the status of authoritative references in the estimation of those who ride, train and care for horses.
The Howell Equestrian Library

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Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best dressage books available - although the schooling patterns are extremely useful and well-described, I actually enjoyed it more for the discussions of dressage/riding philosophy and "big picture" schooling issues.
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Format: Hardcover
A 'keeper' and invaluable addition to any 'classical' dressage library!!! A complete list of patterns / exercises, yet still within the description of Classical Dressage. DeKunffy is certainly among the elite group of 'masters'!!!
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Fabulous book which has been hugely helpful. No more interminable 20m circles!
I found imprinting the patterns on my brain quite difficult at first but becomes easier after time. The great thing is, it really works!
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Format: Hardcover
I absolutely cannot rate this book highly enough. For anyone who is serious about improving the longevity, the quality, and the health and well being of their horse. This book is beautifully written, it explains the why and how in a way that is understood by people who truly love horses and only want the best for them and not for anyone who rides for personal achievement. However, if you do truly 'get it' then you have already achieved!!!!!!!!!!
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book a very good buy, initially purchased on my iPhone, however I found that referring to the diagrams was dificult while reading, so purchased the hard back too. Fabulous informative book. Definitely a read for dressage enthusiasts.
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