Synopses & Reviews
Now you can join one of the finest riders of modern dressage competition, Olympian and multiple-time German, European, and World Champion Isabell Werth, as she helps demonstrate the "what", "how", and—most importantly—"why" of dozens of dressage movements, exercises, and school figures on several of her famous horses. You'll find out how each movement should look, get an idea of the common mistakes made by horses and riders and how to avoid them, and learn about the various benefits each exercise offers at various stages of training. Most importantly, you'll see how the simplest of school figures ultimately contributes to progressive planning related to the dressage Training Pyramid. Armed with this knowledge, your regular daily training program and the most mundane of schooling sessions will take on new relevance as you come to understand how each piece fits into the larger picture the optimal gymnasticization of the horse in order to keep him sound, healthy, and happy in his work. Before you know it, both you and your horse will find arena work more interesting, your horse 's attitude and way of going will improve, and your ability to plan a workout according to his needs present and future will be maximized. Formatted as a practical and easy-to-follow reference, this infinitely useful book promises to take the mystery out of dressage schooling forever.
"An excellent resource for any dressage rider who wants detailed instruction, plain and simple, on everything from half halts to pirouettes. Clear dressage advice, sans fluff." The Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar
In this fantastically detailed and uniquely organized reference, 2008 Olympic gold and silver medal-winner Isabell Werth demonstrates the what, the how, andmost importantlythe 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.
About the Author
Britta Schoffmann is a journalist, the recipient of a gold German riding badge, a Grand Prix rider, a competition judge, and an instructor. She is the author of "Klaus Balkenhol: The Man and His Training Methods "as well as several German-language books that focus on the value of a strong mutual bond of trust between rider and horse.