The USDF Guide to Dressage
Once the domain of the equestrian elite, dressage (originating from the French word for " training" ) is now the most popular equestrian discipline in the United States. Fueled in part by its visibility as an Olympic event, dressage participation levels have reached an all-time high.
This centuries-old practice of classical horsemanship, using time-tested and humane methods, is a slow process that requires patience and discipline, but is beneficial to every horse, regardless of breed. The goal of achieving seamless communication and dance-like precision with the horse appeals to riders of all levels, disciplines, and ages.
In this book, the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), whose membership has doubled in the past 20 years, demystifies basic dressage techniques for riders of all disciplines. Assuming no prior knowledge of the sport, The USDF Guide to Dressage leads riders through a full course of exercises, from simple to more complex, with easy-to-follow photographic sequences, all presented in full-color and demonstrated by outstanding dressage instructors.
This authoritative guide also includes the dramatic and colorful history of dressage, an overview of proper terminology and equipment, as well as information on competition, crosstraining for other disciplines, management of the dressage horse, cross-training for achieving rider fitness, and more.
This intricate ballet of athleticism and grace, demanding precise movement and excellent communication between horse and rider, is particularly appealing to the growing group of " baby-boomer" riders who are looking for opportunities to expand their riding skills and knowledge without thephysical challenges and risks involved in jumping and racing. Whether they've been in the saddle for years or are just taking up or renewing their riding practice, these eager riders will find The USDF Guide to Dressage key to building a more satisfying relationship with their horse.
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The USDF Guide to DressageUser Review - Book Verdict
An internationally respected teacher of jumping, combined training, and dressage, Jahiel (The Parent's Guide to Horseback Riding) presents 100 questions on a broad variety of riding problems that were submitted to her online newsletter, Jessica Jahiel's Horse Sense. Interestingly, she answers each question with several wrong answers first; then, she follows by explaining why they are incorrect and presenting what is the right approach and why. Her explanations are simple and easy to follow, and her title addresses rider problems that are rarelyif everaddressed in other books, such as how to hold reins with arthritic hands or how to avoid chafing from contact with the saddle. If your library can buy only one adult book on English riding, this is a good choice.
Review: The USDF Guide to Dressage: The Official Guide of the United States Dressage FoundationUser Review - Melanie Nilles - Goodreads
This is a great book to explain dressage to the uninitiated or to review for the knowledgeable rider who needs a refresher. Jennifer Bryant knows how to explain the complexities of dressage in a way ... Read full review