Jane Savoie's Dressage 101 - (Paperback)
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About the Book"First published in two volumes: Cross-train your horse and More cross-training in 1998"--T.p. verso.
It's a simple, riddle-free system of training that places a high priority on the horse's physical and mental well-being. Beginning with the three golden rules of dressage training--clarity, consistency, and kindness--Jane Savoie walks you through her four stages of dressage education.
Stage One is an introductory course in the basics, and Stage Two covers the nuts and bolts of training, including transitions, school figures, and movements.
By the time you finish Stage Two, you'll have a happy, responsive horse that understands going forward and being straight; accepts contact so you can communicate with him through the reins; moves in a regular rhythm and a steady tempo in all three gaits; and can do transitions, circles, and turns, back up, lengthen his stride, and go sideways.
In Stage Three, Jane translates the secrets surrounding the half-halt, enabling you to put your horse on the bit, and adding a whole new dimension to your training. You'll even be ready for some fancy stuff in Stage Four.
Don't worry, everything in this book is well within the capacity of most horses. We're simply talking about the work required in the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) dressage tests up to Third Level, which concludes with collected, medium, and extended gaits; advanced lateral movements; and flying changes.
"This book explains to dressage newcomers the theories behind the sport and the basics to strive for. Then, with clearly presented instructions, helpful illustrations, and large color photos, Jane sets out to teach the reader how to achieve each of the basics. The presentation couldn't be much clearer." --Dressage Today
"Pick up Jane Savoie's Dressage 101. She has tailored the book to all disciplines. You must really take the time to read it, study it, understand and practice it. I've found Jane's methods to be enormously helpful to my own riding and teaching. It's not just a read, but must read for every hunter-jumper rider." --George H. Morris, former Chef d'Equipe US Show Jumping Team
"If you are new to the skills of dressage work, then you must read this book. Jane Savoie is an engaging writer who uses visualization and an upbeat style to create a happy, optimistic book. Dressage has been in need of such a book that explains things more thoroughly." --The American Quarter Horse Journal
"Clear and concise...gives you the basic tools to communicate with your horse and develop his body and movements." --Practical Horseman
About the Author
Jane Savoie is one of the most recognized names in the equine industry and for good reason. Her accomplishments and the breadth of her influence are impressive. As a dressage rider, she was a member of the United States Equestrian Team, competing internationally, including a position as the reserve rider for the bronze-medal-winning team at the 1992 Olympics. Savoie was the dressage coach for the Canadian 3-Day Event Team at the 1996 and 2004 Olympics, and coached a number of dressage and event riders at the 2000 Olympics. She is the author of many bestselling books and video programs on riding, training, and sport psychology, and is a popular motivational speaker. Savoie splits her time between Vermont and Florida.