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post #1 of 8 Old 01-01-2013, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Classical Dressage book recommendation

Hello, I was wondering if anyone here could recommend a really good book about training classical dressage. IF ONE EVEN EXISTS. I am sure there is one though?

But I really want a good read that discusses bringing a green horse up using CD, different exercises to do and what to do when the horse does not seem to respond. I really want a book where someone is explaining their theory in detail I guess lol
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-01-2013, 01:45 PM
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Here is a list of books I highly recommend:

Dressage in Harmony by Walter Zettl

Dressage School: A source book of Movements & Tips Demonstrated by Isabell Werth written by Britta Schoffmann

Ride Horses with Awareness and Feel: The New Dressage Training System from the Dutch Olympians at Academy Bartels by Tineke and Joep Bartels

Real Life Dressage: Training Advice from Novice to Grand Prix by Carl Hester and Polly Ellison

Tug of War: Classical versus "Modern" Dressage (Why classical training works and how incorrect "modern" riding negatively affects horses' health) by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann
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Another good book I missed off my list:

The Complete Training of Horse and Rider in the Principles of Classical Horsemanship by Alois Podhajsky
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THanks I will definitely check all those out!
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Training Strategies for Dressage Riders- Charles de Kunffy
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Horses are Made to be Horses by Franz Mairinger is probably the best theory book I have ever read. Franz was a rider at the SRS before he moved to Australia. He was our national dressage coach for a while too. He just has a beautiful understanding of horses and dressage, and how to really connect.

Training the Young Horse: The first two years by Anthony Crossley is probably my go-to training book. He really nuts out the steps, and sets you up to succeed every inch of the way. The book covers two years of training, and in that two years, he takes you from a freshly backed youngster to medium level, which is about 3rd level in the US I think.
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While its not a Dressage specific book, it helps with general position. Its called "centered riding" by Sally Swift. It gives you some little mind games to play to keep you aware and with your horse.
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Any books by Paul Belasik I would recommend.

My coach was married to him, and trained with him obviously, he is a great rider and coach to look up too.
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