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Dressage Training Customized

Perhaps you have a hot, sensitive, short-coupled Thoroughbred maredoesn t it make sense that you work her differently than your friend schools her placid, long-backed Warmblood gelding? One of you must ride quietly and assuredly while focusing on stretching and relaxation of the horse s mind and body. The other must ride actively, compress her horse s frame, and keep him from falling asleep under saddle. All too often we try to apply the same techniques, in the same order, with the same intensity, regardless of our horse s defining characteristics. The result? At best slowed or stalled progress in learning movements and maneuvers, and at worst a fractured horse-and-rider relationshipor even a ruined mount. Now Grand Prix dressage rider Britta Schoffmann has provided an in-depth key to the major horse types, as well as training roadmaps for each. She explains that no matter how experienced a rider you are, no matter how many horses you ve owned over the years, whether this is your first dressage prospect or your fiftieth, every horse is different, and each one must be treated as an individual when it comes to planning and implementing his training program. Learn how to ascertain a horse s character by looking at his ears, eyes, and stance, and noting his reactions under saddle. Find out why your horse s anatomy plays a role in how he s trained. And your horse s gender must be taken into accountdoes he have a gelding s pliable attitude, a mare s hormonal swings, or a stallion s machismo? Training according to the horse s type is something anyone can dowith the guidelines, hints, and tricks provided in this book, you ll find reading a horse before you get on him soon becomes automatic. And, whether you school dressage for fun, for competition, or to supplement your horse s performance in another equestrian discipline, the six elements of the Training Scaleadministered in differing amounts according to the horse s typeare all you need to ensure a happy, healthy mount and a thriving partnership with him."
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Britta Schoffmann is a dressage rider and trainer who earned a German gold riding medal and competes at the Grand Prix level. She is the author of several books, including "Dressage School" and "Klaus Balkenhol: The Man and His Training Methods."


"This highly readable book will have you thinking about your horses, how you handle them, and what you are expecting of them. The attractive cover may put off riders of other disciplines, but don't pass this book up." "--Aiken Horse" "Dressage training isn't one-size-fits-all. You have to know your horse's demeanor and way of moving in order to apply the right training techniques . . . From beginning to end, the book is clearly explained in a visually appealing way, full of photos and diagrams." --"Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar"

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