RESOURCES

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for additional equestrian needs. I’ll add to it as I learn more. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

The Art of Traditional Dressage
Vol. 1 – Seat and Aids
This DVD has clear and specific explanations about the “sculpting of the seat” and the correct ways of acquiring the proper posture and riding position.

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A Rider’s Survival from Tyranny
This is a thriller and an autobiography at the same time. The plot would be the right stuff for a Hollywood movie. Moreover this written monument tells us about a time, people, horses, and a culture which has fallen into oblivion nowadays”

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Training Strategies for Dressage Riders
In this book the author promotes equestrian elegance through effectiveness.  He draws attention to the utmost importance of the rider’s correct equitation as a precondition to schooling their horses correctly.

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The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse
This exacting work concentrates on explaining the meaning and usefulness of traditional riding patterns as schooling aids for the proper athletic development of horses.

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The Ethics and Passions of Dressage
Mr. de Kunffy takes the reader’s mind for a lesson that embraces history, philosophy, art, nature and the ethics of horsemanship.

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Dressage Principles Illuminated
Charles de Kunffy insists that riding must have therapeutic value for the horse as well as the rider, and that a seamless partnership between the two be the most important goal (rather than accolades in competition).

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Klimke on Dressage: From the Young Horse Through Grand Prix
“Klimke did a great job of collecting pictures of real horses being schooled in dressage correctly something few trainers bother to do nowadays anywhere in the world.”

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Basic Training of the Young Horse
This new edition of the highly regarded international best-seller illustrates the correct way to establish a sound, versatile training foundation in a young horse.

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Cavalletti: For Dressage and Jumping
Dressage and eventing rider extraordinaire Ingrid Klimke explains how training with ground poles and cavalletti is one of her secrets of success.

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BioMechanical Riding and Dressage: A Rider’s Atlas
This Atlas is explanatory concerning relations between rider and horse. It is a connecting book about the intersection of principle and technique in several literatures and is not a replacement for your other books.

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Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse
An anatomical and functional overview of the topic, enabling trainers to optimize the different exercises their horses undergo during training and competition.

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Equine Structural Integration: Myofascial Release Manual
This book is a valuable guide to Equine Myofascial Release (MFR) for the horse owner or therapist as well as an essential reference for the professional practitioner.

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Principles of Conformation Analysis Volumes 1, II: & III
With these 3 volumes you’ll be able to evaluate your own horse and determine the best training to get the results you would like..

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Gymnasium of the Horse
Steinbrecht’s reputation as a master in the art of dressage makes The Gymnasium of the Horse a cornerstone of equestrian literature.

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The Principles of Riding: The Complete Riding and Driving System: Book 1
Sets down the fundamental principles of the German system and includes considerations of the psychological aspects of horse and rider relationship.

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Horsemanship: A Comprehensive Book on Training the Horse and Its Rider
One of the most comprehensive and enduring books ever written on the training of horse and rider, from the basics to haute école

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Activate Your Horse’s Core: Unmounted Exercises for Dynamic Mobility, Strength & Balance
This book & DVD set show you how to improve strength and flexibility. The exercises will improve your horse’s posture, self-carriage and balance, especially in the highly-collected movements.

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The Dynamic Horse A Biomechanical Guide to Equine Movement and Performance
The Dynamic Horse describes the principles underlying the science of biomechanics, then illustrates how these principles apply to horsemanship and equine locomotion using examples that will be familiar to anyone accustomed to working around horses.

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School of Horsemanship
First published in 1733 as Ecole de Cavalerie, this book is considered as the beginning of modern equitation. Here, for the first time, is the complete work.

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H. Dv. 12 German Cavalry Manual: On the Training Horse and Rider
Authored by the German cavalry experts and issued by the German army commander-in-chief, these guidelines governed all training of remounts and recruits with the goal of creating a sound, able, willing, and obedient military mount and equally capable rider.

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Gymnastic Exercises for Horses: Volume II
This great work explains how to gymnastically develop your horse and how to address problems that will inevitably arise along his path of training. The exercises are for green horses to Grand Prix and everything in between

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Healing Hands: A Treatise on First-Aid Equine Acupressure
This book is about equine acupressure: the art of alleviating your horse’s physical, and even mental problems by applying a pressure with your thumb or index finger on specific points of acupuncture.

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Equine Osteopathy: What the Horses Have Told Me
“This book comes as true information on the existence of an alternative way to experience and conceive medicine, whether animal or human. It is a real testimony of a distinctive quality of the relationship between practitioner and patient, and its authenticity is not its lesser merit.”

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The Science and Art of Riding in Lightness:
Understanding training-induced problems, their avoidance, and remedies. English Translation of Medizinische Reitlehre. A biomechanical problem-solving approach to training challenges.

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Physical Therapy and Massage for the Horse
A unique blend of basic biomechanics and practical physical therapeutic techniques that relieve pain and improve performance in the horse.

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Klaus Balkenhol: The Man and His Training Methods
A biography of her trainer’s personal life and meteoric rise to the top of the equestrian world, as well as a practical training manual for riders of all levels

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Klaus Balkenhol riding school: learn to ride, riding understand
Chest out, tighten your back — riding lessons frequently contain many commands.

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Klaus Balkenhol: Success with Sympathetic Hands
This book accompanies the development of a horse from youngster to grand prix level along with its rider

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Tug of War:
Classical Versus “Modern” Dressage Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect “Modern” Riding Negatively Affects Horses’ Health

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Complete Training of Horse and Rider
For the first time, Colonel Podhajsky has set forth in a practical, instructive fashion, the step-by-step methods of training both horse and rider that were used at the school and are applicable foundations of all good horsemanship

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The Riding Teacher
The Riding Teacher is an invaluable aid for all instructors and also for riders teaching themselves. Colonel Podhajsky examines in depth the psychology of riding and the relationship between teacher, pupil and horse.

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The Art of Dressage:
Basic Principles of Riding and Judging

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My Horses, My Teachers
This classic memoir by the former director of the renowned Spanish Riding School explores the age-old relationship between horse and rider. A book every rider should read.

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My Dancing White Horses, The Autobiography of Alois Podhajsky
The autobiography of Colonel Alois Podhajaky Director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

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Balancing Act: The Horse in Sport, an Irreconcilable Conflict?
Dr. Heuschmann explores what it means to be a “responsible rider,” and asks whether, in today’s society…

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Die Anatomie und Biomechanik von Stellung und Biegung
The anatomy and bio-mechanics of position and bending.

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