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post #1 of 19 Old 12-20-2011, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage books for beginners

on a wishlist for christmas for my boyfriend, he has asked for some literature with regards to learning dressage. hey i'll take that! he's the kind of guy who learns well from manuals and step by step instruction however i will say this for the guy, he has great natural feel for the horse.

anyways - can any of you suggest some good books to start him off with? we're currently looking to find someone to give him some lessons as i don't feel comfortable doing so myself (so many things i wouldn't think of to tell/teach him i'm sure - plus a good lesson horse is worth oh so much!!), but in the interim he'd like to read up on the subject.

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I think 101 Dressage Exercise is a nice book, but I'm not positive it's suitable for beginner. Hopefully someone else suggests something.

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i went to barnes & noble after work and got the following two books:

Understanding Dressage Training

Jane Savoie's Dressage 101
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I really like Jane Savoie, but most of her videos are not really for beginners. I have no idea about the book though. Have to check it out.

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I second Jane Savoi.
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http://www.amazon.com/Balance-Movement-Achieve-Perfect-Seat/dp/1570763305/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324946141&sr=8-1
If you're talking beginner in general, this might not be the ticket. But if you're talking new to dressage, I just discovered this book last month and it has already improved my seat. . It goes into the how and why of body mechanics and how each body part, muscle group functions. It's very eye opening and explains a lot about posture in the saddle. I highly recommend it to anyone at the lower levels who wants to better their riding.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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oh MBP that sounds like a great book. he's very much a "want to know how it all works together" kind of guy so that might be good reading for him after some of the other books. he's new to horses as well as riding so he's on a kick to learn as much as he can "the right way" first. ;)
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I tell ya I wish I had read that book years ago. There's a lot I've been "cheating" on instead riding correctly. I've made more progress in the last month by myself than in 4 years of off and on lessons.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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if that's the case i'm going to order the book now! *I* want to be a better rider too. hahahaha
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I love Sally Swift's Centered Riding. It's more of a feel and imagery focused sort of book, which, if your boyfriend is more mechanically-minded in terms of understanding and conceptual comprehension (most guys I know are), may or may not be up his alley.
http://www.amazon.com/Centered-Riding-Trafalgar-Square-Farm/dp/0312127340/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325032391&sr=8-1
Also, you might take a look at Lendon Grey's book. More systematically written, progressive exercises that are excellent for both a learning horse and a learning rider.
http://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Lendon-Progressive-Competition-Practical/dp/1929164165/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325032646&sr=1-1
If your boyfriend is really interested in diving headfirst down the rabbit hole after he gets his feet wet, I highly recommend this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Training-Principles-Classical-Horsemanship/dp/0879802359/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325032869&sr=1-1It's a bit dense at times, but the author is a true master and well worth reading. Not really a beginner's book, but If you really want to study the methods of a master, this is the book.

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