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post #11 of 19 Old 12-27-2011, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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woohoo books! thanks everyone. the more the better i say.
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-27-2012, 04:41 PM
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Rather than buy a book, I would suggest you start by looking up the website:
All the regular questions are raised and most of them are given an understandable answer.

The big problem with reading a book like Podjhaisky's - which as you say is one of the foundation books of dressage - is the interpretation of the terminology used.

A book entitled 'Understanding Equitation - by Jean Fort-Paillard goes a long way to explaining the correct meaning of all the terms used in dressage.

Incidentally, it is very difficult for the beginner to understand dressage without watching a video of a dressage test whilst at the same time reading the judge's mark sheet for that test. The viewer needs to be able to visualize what it correct and what is incorrect.

Encourage your man - it is good to see male riders interested in dressage.
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thanks BG - i'll have him do that (look at the website). now to find a good trainer to get him started right. ;)
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I'm not much of one for horse "how to" books. The only book I have is an ancient one..Horsemanship by Margaret Cabbel Self (SP?)

But, I like sally Swift and I've heard Centered riding is excellent.

Also, the videos by Jane Savoie on Youtube is just a sampling of her video work. As with many video trainers, you can buy sets. I suspect she has some beginner videos. I would HIGHLY recommend any video product she has, even if you have to pay to get in-depth beginner stuff.
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-27-2012, 05:24 PM
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Sky - if he takes up modern dressage then you might have to buy him a new saddle. Remember the saddle which fits your anatomical shape will not fit his anatomical shape. The saddle which fits the horse and which you as a female find comfortable may not suit him.

In the dressage seat his total body weight will be supported by his crutch - particularly the under thighs. For a man that is a knack to be learned.

But only time will tell.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-28-2012, 03:11 AM
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Dressage with Kyra (http://www.amazon.com/Dressage-Kyra-Kyrklund-Training-Method/dp/1570764336/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327738089&sr=1-1) is utterly amazing. Super easy to understand. She really has a knack for writing. Apparently the new edition has better pictures, which is the edition I have, so don't know how it compares to the old one.
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post #17 of 19 Old 01-28-2012, 07:37 AM
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When I fist started riding at the place where I am now, my instructor recommended that I read Centred Riding.

I thought it was quite helpful - there were times that I thought it was a bit to full of imagery and not quite direct enough in what it was saying.

But having said that I recently re-read it and thought that it was interesting that after another 2 or 3 months riding that I was far enough along that I took a completely different message from the book. Its a great read

After reading this thread I have also just bought balance in motion off ebay and cant wait for it to arrive!!!!!!!!!
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good point about the saddle BG. at this point he's just reading stuff to get a base of knowledge for the concepts of riding before he starts lessons. if he ends up liking it then we'll look into saddles and things. ;)
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I am sure you will tell him it is all about the seat and his posture and if if doesn't ache after the first thirty minutes of schooling, then he can't be sitting correctly.

Send him off to a men's Pilates class as a starter.
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