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The Elements of Dressage: A Guide to Training the Young Horse
The Elements of Dressage: A Guide to Training the Young Horse
by Kurd Albrecht von Ziegner
Hardcover from Lyons Press
ISBN: 1585747351
Everything you need to know to train a horse for dressage or high-level competition.
Dressage School: A Sourcebook of Movements and Tips Demonstrated by Olympian Isabell Werth
Dressage School: A Sourcebook of Movements and Tips Demonstrated by Olympian Isabell Werth
by Britta Schoffmann
Hardcover from Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 1570764115
In this fantastically detailed and uniquely organized reference, 2008 Olympic gold and silver medal-winner Isabell Werth demonstrates the what, the how, and--most importantly--the why of more than 100 dressage movements. She shows readers how each should look, explains common mistakes and how to avoid them, and then describes the benefit of the exercise and how it contributes to the dressage training scale. In addition, emphasis is placed on the horse as an individual and customizing movements and lessons to benefit any animal, with their particular physical and psychological characteristics in mind. Practical and easy-to-follow, this resource promises to take the mystery out of dressage schooling forever.
The USDF Guide to Dressage
The USDF Guide to Dressage
by Jennifer O. Bryant
Hardcover from Storey Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 1580175295

Once the domain of the equestrian elite, dressage (originating from the French word for "training") is now the most popular equestrian discipline in the United States. Fueled in part by its visibility as an Olympic event, dressage participation levels have reached an all-time high.
This centuries-old practice of classical horsemanship, using time-tested and humane methods, is a slow process that requires patience and discipline, but is beneficial to every horse, regardless of breed. The goal of achieving seamless communication and dance-like precision with the horse appeals to riders of all levels, disciplines, and ages.
In this book, the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), whose membership has doubled in the past 20 years, demystifies basic dressage techniques for riders of all disciplines. Assuming no prior knowledge of the sport, The USDF Guide to Dressage leads riders through a full course of exercises, from simple to more complex, with easy-to-follow photographic sequences, all presented in full-color and demonstrated by outstanding dressage instructors.
This authoritative guide also includes the dramatic and colorful history of dressage, an overview of proper terminology and equipment, as well as information on competition, crosstraining for other disciplines, management of the dressage horse, cross-training for achieving rider fitness, and more.
This intricate ballet of athleticism and grace, demanding precise movement and excellent communication between horse and rider, is particularly appealing to the growing group of "baby-boomer" riders who are looking for opportunities to expand their riding skills and knowledge without the physical challenges and risks involved in jumping and racing. Whether they've been in the saddle for years or are just taking up or renewing their riding practice, these eager riders will find The USDF Guide to Dressage key to building a more satisfying relationship with their horse.
Tug of War: Classical Versus Modern Dressage: Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect Riding Negatively Affects Horses Health
Tug of War: Classical Versus Modern Dressage: Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect Riding Negatively Affects Horses' Health
by Gerd Heuschmann
Hardcover from Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 1570763755
Describing the basic anatomy and physiology of the horse, this book by an experienced veterinarian identifies widely-used incorrect training methods--especially in dressage--that can undermine a horse's health and well-being. Starting with the question Who is responsible for this? the book looks at breeders, breed associations, instructors, judges, riders, spectators, and the governing bodies of horse sports. The hyperflexion issue, the discussion shows, is that training affects horses both for good and for ill, and riders should reject any methods that cause pain or fail to respect the mental habits and physiological needs of their animals.
Jane Savoie s Dressage 101: The Ultimate Source of Dressage Basics in a Language You Can Understand
Jane Savoie's Dressage 101: The Ultimate Source of Dressage Basics in a Language You Can Understand
by Jane Savoie
Paperback from Trafalgar Square Books

 Dressage sometimes gets a bad rap. To many, dressage theory comes off as complex and antiquated, and dressage training as arduous and frustrating. Famous classical texts can be heavy reading and hard to understand. But the benefits of dressage are enormous, for both the rider and the horse, and for all disciplines so how to make it less of a struggle, less of a mystery, and more of a sunny, happy, joyful pursuit? 
Turns out, it's easy if you have Jane Savoie's Dressage 101 in hand. Jane's highly illustrated how-to book is not only for beginning dressage enthusiasts, but also for those who have no intention of ever setting foot inside a competitive dressage arena. That's because dressage can help you clearly communicate with your horse and develop his body and movement, so that over time, he becomes more beautiful and athletic. You don't need a judge to tell you that is worthwhile!
Dressage 101 provides a simple, riddle-free system of training that places a high priority on the horse's physical and mental well-being. Beginning with the three golden rules of dressage training clarity, consistency, and kindness Jane walks you through her four stages of dressage education. Stage One is an introductory course in the basics, and Stage Two covers the nuts and bolts" of training, including transitions, school figures, and movements. By the time you finish Stage Two, you'll have a happy, responsive horse that understands going forward and being straight; accepts contact so you can communicate with him through the reins; moves in a regular rhythm and a steady tempo in all three gaits; and can do transitions, circles, and turns, back up, lengthen his stride, and go sideways. 
In Stage Three, Jane translates the secrets surrounding the half-halt, enabling you to put your horse on the bit," and adding a whole new dimension to your training. You'll even be ready for some fancy stuff" in Stage Four. Don't worry, everything in this book is well within the capacity of most horses we're simply talking about the work required in the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) dressage tests at Third Level. This includes collected, medium, and extended gaits; advanced lateral movements; and flying changes. 
Ultimately, correct dressage is simply training. Its stages are as easy to employ and as satisfying to understand as those of any other training method in any other riding discipline. Best of all, you don't have to be smart, rich, or a super athlete to master dressage fundamentals and have an enthusiastically willing, exuberantly forward, excitingly athletic horse you just need this book. 

Death by Dressage
Death by Dressage
by Carolyn Banks
Paperback from Amber Quill Press, LLC
Media Published: 2004-
ISBN: 1592798314

Nobody much cares for Nika Ballinger, but that doesn't mean her violent death shouldn't be looked into. Fellow horsewoman Robin Vaughan doesn't like the way the police investigation is going. In the perfect world of competitive dressage, Nika rode like a piece of luggage. So who arranged to have a horse kick her to death? As Robin mounts her own search for the killer, she rummages through Nika's untidy past-and finds a bizarre double life that someone might kill to keep secret...

Dressage Masters: Techniques and Philosophies of Four Legendary Trainers
Dressage Masters: Techniques and Philosophies of Four Legendary Trainers
by David Collins
Hardcover from The Lyons Press
ISBN: 1592286747
Dressage Masters takes the reader into four of the greatest training stables in Europe. The master instructors express their philosophies and practices with regard to training horses and riders, and the state of dressage in the United States and elsewhere in the world. They also share fascinating and enlightening stories about their own education, and the triumphs and hurdles encountered along their paths to success.
The trainers are:
· Klaus Balkenhol: Olympic Individual Bronze and two-time gold Team medal winner; coached the German Olympic gold medal team including the individual silver and bronze medalists and the USA Olympic bronze medal team.·Ernst Hoyos: trained Ulla Salzgeber, winner of two Olympic Team gold medals, and Lisa Wilcox, member of the United States Equestrian Team bronze medal squad.·Dr. Uwe Schulten-Baumer: trained Nicole Uphoff and Isabel Werth, Olympic equestrian record holders of four gold medals; Dr Schulten-Baumer Jr., winner of team gold medal in the 1980 Alternate Olympics and 1978 World Championships·George Theodorescu: trainer of many top international teams and riders, including his daughter Monica, three-time Olympic Team gold medalistEach chapter includes insightful descriptions and sequence photographs of exercises and other teaching techniques, and the book concludes with a detailed index that cross-references training problems as a handy guide for the reader-rider's own program.Already eagerly anticipated by the international dressage community, Dressage Masters is destined to become an instant classic in the literature of classical horsemanship.
Dressage From A to X: The Definitive Guide to Riding and Competing (New, Revised Edition)
Dressage From A to X: The Definitive Guide to Riding and Competing (New, Revised Edition)
by Barbara Burkhardt
Paperback from Trafalgar Square Books

The only book riders will ever need to help them on the road to successful dressage competition.

The Great European Schools of Classical Dressage: Vienna, Saumur, Jerez, Lisbon
The Great European Schools of Classical Dressage: Vienna, Saumur, Jerez, Lisbon
by Guillaume Henry
Hardcover from Cadmos Books
ISBN: 3861279681
For nearly 400 years, four illustrious riding schools have striven for perfection in the equestrian art: the Spanish Riding School in Vienna; the Cadre Noir in Saumur, France; the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, Spain; and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art in Lisbon. Each school is a guardian of traditions--ancient, technical, and artistic--and together they have preserved and enriched the long dressage tradition. This meticulously researched study reveals the inner workings of each of these schools, including details about their traditions, their systems for recruiting and training riders, and of course their horses. It also discusses the future of these prestigious yet seemingly anachronistic establishments.
The Athletic Development Of the Dressage Horse: Manege Patterns
by Charles de Kunffy
Hardcover from Howell Book House

The Classical Rider: Being at One With Your Horse
by Sylvia Loch
Hardcover from Trafalgar Square

The Competitive Edge : Improving Your Dressage Scores in the Lower Levels
by Max Gahwyler
(Textbook Binding)

Cross-Train Your Horse: Simple Dressage for Every Horse, Every Sport/Book 1
by Jane Savoie, Lynn Palm Pittion-Rossillon
Hardcover from Trafalgar Square Computer & Audio


Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges
Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges
by Wolfgang M. Niggli
Hardcover from J A Allen & Co Ltd
Dressage In Harmony: From Basic to Grand Prix
by Walter Zettl
Maybe the best way to introduce this book to our audience is to quote Max Gahwyler when he read the book when it was in manuscript form: "You must publish this it is superb!" We agree this is, truly, one of, if not the clearest, most readable books on training dressage ever written. It's just delightful! Warm, sympathetic, and based on the solid foundations that lead to true success in the sport, this book is must reading! As Egon von Neindorf, a recognized master himself, says in the Foreword, "If you are not fortunate enough to be taught by Walter Zettl personally, he gives you in this book a very valuable guide to the art of classical riding. In clearly worked out and easy to understand chapters, he takes you through each step of the training stages, discusses problems that occur, and assists with competent, sensible corrections, from Beginner to becoming a Master. With Walter Zettl's guidance, it is made possible." Highly regarded in Europe, Walter Zettl was trained in Germany under Col. Aust. He came to Canada in 1981 where he was trainer for Eva Maria Pracht. He also served as dressage coach for the Canadian Three-Day team for the L.A. Olympic Games.
Hardcover - 272 pages 1 edition (November 1, )
Half Halt Pr; ISBN: 0939481545
Dressage for the New Age - Revised and Updated (2nd ed)
by Dominique Barbier, Mary Daniels
(Paperback - )

Dressage from A to X: The Definitive Guide to Riding and Competing
by Barbara Burkhardt
Hardcover from Trafalgar Square

Dressage Essentials
by Jane Kidd
Hardcover from Howell Book House

Dressage for the 21st Century
by Paul Belasik
Hardcover from Trafalgar Square


Dressage in Lightness: Speaking the Horse's Language
by Sylvia Loch
Hardcover from Western International
Dressage Principles Illuminated
by Charles De Kunffy
Hardcover from Trafalgar Square

by Sylvia Loch

Dressage Formula
by Erik Herbermann

Dressage With Kyra: The Kyra Kyrklund Training Method
by Kyra Kyrklund, Jytte Lemkow
Hardcover from Trafalgar Square
The Essential Paul Belasik: An Omnibus: Riding Towards the Light/Exploring Dressage Technique/the Songs of Horses
by Paul Belasik
Hardcover from Trafalgar Square

Feeling Dressage
by Ruth Sabine Schaefer, Conrad Schumacher
Hardcover from Eclipse Press

Lessons with Lendon: 25 Progressive Dressage Lessons Take You from Basic "Whoa and Go" to Your First Competition
by Lendon Gray, Practical Horseman Magazine
Trainer and international dressage competitor Lendon Gray helps riders of all sports and levels improve and enjoy daily training with her simple, down–to–earth approach to building riding skills. Lessons begin with the rider's position and progress through working on contact, putting the horse on the aids, perfecting transitions, and, for some healthy variety, cavaletti and basic trail work. At the end of each lesson, “Lendon's Challenge” tests the skills learned, and there are exercises to ensure horse and rider continue to work correctly. In preparation for showing, instructions are provided on riding circles, straight lines, and turning onto the centerline. The book concludes with hints on preparing for a dressage show and an after–the–show analysis and action plan for further progress. Lendon Gray is a veteran of the 1980 and 1988 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team and is a highly respected trainer of both horses and riders. She lives in Bedford, New York. From the Publisher
Paperback from Trafalgar Square

Poles and Gridwork
by Jane Wallace, Carole Vincer (Illustrator)
(Paperback -- June 1993)

Progressive School Exercises for Dressage and Jumping
by Islay Auty

The Simplicity of Dressage
by Johann Hinneman, Coby Van Baalen, Claartje Van Andel, Johann Hinnemann, Coby Van Baalen, Claartje Van Andel
Hardcover from Trafalgar Square Publishing


Training Strategies for the Dressage Rider, Second Edition
by Charles de Kunffy, Charles de Kunffy
Hardcover from Howell Book House
Visions of Dressage
by Elizabeth Furth
Hardcover (December )
The Lyons Press; ISBN: 1558217908

Intimacy In French Classical Dressage VHS
~ Dominique Barbier
In Volumes 1 & 2 learn longeing and work in hand, and the principles of subtle communication and riding in lightness. This two volume set focuses on the process of visualization and the development of mental communication leading to harmony, enjoyment and success for horse people and horses of all riding disciplines and levels of training, literally, from the ground up.

Dressage Illustrated Training Level, 1999
by USDF, Linda Hamilton AHSA
Since 1990, Dressage Illustrated has become a United States standard for learning new dressage tests. Riders find the graphical illustrations of the written tests a tremendous aid in visualizing the test and riding it correctly. Dressage Illustrated includes the directive ideas for each test to help the rider understand how each movement is judged. All coefficient movements (double points) are shaded for easy identification. The required gaits and movements are explained in each book.
Paperback - 16 pages (December 16, )
Legend Enterprises; ISBN: 1893878007
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The Ethics and Passions of Dressage
by Charles De Kunffy
(Hardcover - October 1993)
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