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Dressage is often seen as the most formal and controlled of the equine sports, following an ancient, standardized training progression. For philosophy professor and dressage instructor Sherry Ackerman, dressage is a transformational art, an avenue for reflection, exploration, and self-knowledge through which a rider can experience liberation from the narrowly individual, egoistic self. This second, revised edition of "Dressage in the Fourth Dimension" is a pioneer work in awakening 'dressage consciousness'. It requires readers to deconstruct every assumption they have ever held about riding - to ask 'Why?' and to become okay with not knowing.Drawing on such diverse sources as geometry, ancient Western and Eastern philosophies, and spirituality, Ackerman seeks to heal humanity's alienation from nature through riding and dressage. She points readers toward liberation from societal conditioning, from externally legislated morality and normative thinking, and ultimately from their own egos. Her concept of the Fourth Dimension requires the reader to leave the analytic, objective mind behind and enter into the mystery of inspiration. A short, unique, and enigmatic work that has enjoyed a word-of-mouth reputation among horse people for years yet has also been unavailable, "Dressage in the Fourth Dimension" will challenge riders' assumptions about their horses and themselves.
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Enlightening, educational, and self-reflecting, Dressage in the Fourth Dimension is a must-read. Pamela J.G. Au, author of Zen and the Horse Ackerman s prose is both graceful and dense, offering in each concentrated chapter not just one or two quotable gems but several dozen worthy of posting at the barn or recording in your journal, quotes that will inspire hours of contemplation and conversation. from the foreword by Linda Kohanov, author of The Tao of Equus Dressage in the Fourth Dimension offers us an important piece for building a complete picture of the horse. Sherry Ackerman convincingly articulates the weighty main message of this book: horses have the ability to either liberate us or hurt us. Sherry offers the reader an abundance of valuable, coherent, and considered thinking, inspiring and encouraging us to follow the path of liberation with our horses. She also describes empathetically, on different levels, how we humans can approach the horse in a holistic way, mindful of the cultural, natural, and symbolic aspects the horse shows us. Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, author of Dancing with Horses and What Horses Reveal Sherry Ackerman sees the art of dressage as a means to directly experience oneness. The true language of oneness is poetry, yet Ackerman s writing remains grounded in her experience with the horse. The time for this book is now! Tom Nagel, author of Zen and Horseback Riding Dressage in the Fourth Dimension is a groundbreaking publication. It s the first book to address the spiritual side of riding, the Zen aspect of dressage as a path to self-realization....Sherry Ackerman s book can help the rider find his or her way through the pitfalls of ego and frustration to become a more well-rounded, more balanced rider and a better human being, who gets more enjoyment out of riding and out of life. Dr. Thomas Ritter, Ritter Dressage"

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