Synopses & Reviews
Kottas on Dressage is a distillation of the practice and philosophy of one of the most highly regarded international trainers of the current era. Having stressed the need for the rider to establish correct posture and a thorough understanding of the aids before attempting to train the horse, the book goes on to highlight the value of establishing a rapport with the horse, enhancing his mental responses, and developing his physique with groundwork before progressing to work under saddle. Following this, the text focuses on thorough, incremental development of the basic gaits, explains the value and execution of the lateral exercises, and introduces advanced work including tempi changes, pirouettes, piaffe, and passage. Throughout the text there are many notes, based on Kottas' experience, of precisely how to address points of detail. A number of commonly encountered problems are also analyzed, and remedies offered. Underpinning the whole text is the author's fundamental stance on horses and training: "I always see the horse as a partner. He must be trained slowly and patiently." This book will prove instructive to all who empathize with this view and aspire to the development of classical principles.
"It is clear, concise and informativelike the author himselfand it is beautifully laid out with bullet points and sub-heads for every aid, every movement, every eventuality." Sylvia Loch
"The best [book] to be written this century." British Horse
"Kottas-Heldenberg's years of training experience shine through in his book. It's organized extremely clearly, making it an excellent reference guide that you can refer back to without much page-flipping . . .Timeless dressage lessons for both horse and rider." Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar
"There are various reasons why I loved this book, but a main one is its extraordinary clarity, in part a result of that organization. . . . If for some reason I was forced to abandon my considerable dog-eared dressage library and was allowed to take with me only a single book, this one would be it." Dressage Today (July 21, 2011)
A distillation of the practice and philosophy of prominent international dressage trainers, this guide is instructive to those who aspire to classical horsemanship principles. A rider must first train themselves in correct posture and a thorough understanding of the aids before training the horse, according to the philosophy within this manual. Next, the volume highlights the value of establishing rapport with the horse, enhancing the animals mental responses, and developing its physique with groundwork before progressing to training under the saddle. Filled with detailed notes and remedies for common problems, the text focuses on thorough, incremental development of the basic gaits, explains the value and execution of the lateral exercises, and introduces advanced work including tempi changes, pirouettes, piaffe, and passage.
About the Author
Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg is a classical dressage trainer and runs horsemanship clinics internationally. He was a member of the world-renowned Spanish Riding School in Vienna for more than 40 years, spending the last seven in the esteemed position of First Chief Rider. Julie Rowbotham is a dressage trainer with Aspire Dressage in England.