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Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse

Riding Through the Levels on the Peculiar, Opinionated, Complicated Mounts We All Love

By Janet Foy, Nancy Jones (With)

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Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 August 2012
Thousands of riders pursue the sport of dressage, and the majority do so on a budget and with the horse they already have - or quite simply, the one they can afford. This means riders are facing the challenge of mastering one of the world's most esteemed equestrian events on horses that may not be bred specifically for the task, or may not be top prospects for any number of reasons. International dressage judge and riding coach Janet Foy has ridden many different horses to the highest levels of dressage competition, and she has compiled her best tips for training and showing in one highly enjoyable book. Her expertise, good stories and good humour are destined to bring out the best in dressage riders and their "not-so-perfect" horses everywhere

About the Author

Janet Foy is currently an FEI "I" judge. She has judged at all major shows in the US and the national championships in the UK as well as the FEI World Cup League Finals for the US, Canada and Australia. For two years she trained in the UK at the renowned Talland Equestrian Centre.


"Now [Foy] has compiled her best tips for training and showing the horse you have (or the horse you love, despite his faults) through the levels. Her lists of the common 'imperfections and evasions' experienced when riding movements are followed by Janet's creative ways to perfect those imperfections, sprinkled with numerous personal stories." --"Lone Star Horse Report" (August 2012) "The book is divided into three sections . . . each section includes chapters on individual movements, making it easy to find exactly the kind of insight and help you might need. The book is well-organized and easy to understand and makes for a good read for those of us with 'imperfect horses.'" --"The Chronicle of the Horse" (October 2012) "What is perfect is the way this book is put together. With little effort, you can find your problem and get a workable solution. We love Foy's insistence that horses are individuals with physical and mental limitations and how she works with those issues. She believes in developing a strong foundation, so her explanations start with where your horse's basics might be weak." --"Horse Journal" (January 2013) "From the start, Foy makes the book easy for readers. Foy's refreshing honesty made me read on. In fact, this book is sort of inoculation against training despair. She is outright in telling self-deprecating, humorous tales about her long journey from rodeo queen to dressage queen. ... In the future, any problem that presents itself, this book will be the first place I will go for help."--Dressage Today (January 2013) "Simple cures and solutions to common problems--brilliant! ... [N]ot everyone has a top dressage horse but that doesn't mean you can't achieve great things--this book shows you how."--Your Horse (July 2014)

EAN: 9781570765094
ISBN: 157076509X
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Dimensions: 26.16 x 21.08 x 2.54 centimetres (1.02 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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