Drawing on centuries of European practice, The Elements of Dressage
will help any reader perfect the union between horse and rider.
Dressage has been around since the time of the ancient Greeks, but
reached its heights in Europe, and particularly in Germany. The
German approach is now the preferred method in most countries, and
the author has been teaching it for more than fifty years.There are
ten principal elements in the German method, and they include:
relaxation, regularity, freedom, contact, straightness, and
Durchlassigkeit.Both beginning and advanced trainers and riders
will learn why the ten elements exist, how to develop them in a
horse, and even when not to use them. Starting with the basics, and
moving on towards the most subtle aspects, The Elements of Dressage
is the complete guide to the art of training and riding a horse. (7
x 9 3/4, 128 pages, diagrams)Kurd Albrecht von Ziegner has operated
an internationally renowned riding school in Mechtersen, Germany,
south of Hamburg, since 1971. Trained as an officer in the cavalry
school in Hannover, he became a leading NATO officer in the 1950s
and took over, among other things, the construction of the Turkish
cavalry school in Ankara. He is also one of the most prominent and
successful dressage trainers in the United States, where he
developed a new judging system, the Prix St. James. Winner of the
German Rider Cross in Gold, the author shares insights from more
than fifty years of training. He is also the author of many
articles and books, including The Basics: A Guideline for
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