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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, 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 skillsand knowledge without the physical 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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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, 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 skillsand knowledge without the physical 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.

30 review for The USDF Guide to Dressage: The Official Guide of the United States Dressage Foundation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Parker

    Highly recommend this book for all dressage enthusiasts, no matter where you are in your training. This book connected so many foundational dressage principles for me and filled in the gaps of knowledge that I had. Bryant wove together all of the foundational trainings in a way that explained not only the how of movements, but the why. This "everything affects everything" mentality made sense of the USDF tests, and also gave enough information to formulate my own training program specific to me an Highly recommend this book for all dressage enthusiasts, no matter where you are in your training. This book connected so many foundational dressage principles for me and filled in the gaps of knowledge that I had. Bryant wove together all of the foundational trainings in a way that explained not only the how of movements, but the why. This "everything affects everything" mentality made sense of the USDF tests, and also gave enough information to formulate my own training program specific to me and my horse.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erinn Gillespie

    This book gives you exactly what is says it does and then some . The info in dressage is very in depth , but at the same time leaves you wanting to learn more . The photos in the book are well presented and beautiful. This is a must have for all dressage fans . As you would expect from a text book , there are dry spots but I read a chapter at a time between other books so if was nice to read for me . all in all a well put together book and you will learn a lot from .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephani Hren

    This is a great resource for any rider just starting out in dressage. Because it was published so long ago there is some information in it that needs to be updated, though. In particular the sections on equipment and fashion are out of date and shouldn't be relied upon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Nilles

    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 that the average rider can understand and utilize in their training. For the beginner wanting to learn about dressage, this is a must-read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracie

    Useful info even for someone doing initial research on a writing project. Should be great for the beginning horse person!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Monica Sinha

    Everything from trotting to travers!

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