New equestrians are handed the keys to a deeper level of
communication and harmony with their horses in this great starter
guide to dressage. With her lighthearted style, Jane Savoie takes
the mystery out of training and shows how dressage techniques can
be used to improve every horse's athleticism, performance, and
well-being, regardless of the rider's chosen sport. Starting from
the building blocks of dressage--forward, straight, rhythm, gait,
and contact--this handbook delivers an excellent starting point for
neophytes. Simple details for flatwork, explanations of the process
of suppling, a sample schooling session, and chapters on
troubleshooting pesky problems are all clearly presented for the
rider with little or no dressage experience. Hundreds of photos,
diagrams, and drawings are also included to enliven the
text.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
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