Jane Savoie's Dressage 101 by Jane Savoie
Jane Savoie's Dressage 101 by Jane Savoie is a highly illustrated how-to book is not only for beginning dressage enthusiasts, but also for those who have no intention of ever setting foot inside a competitive dressage arena. Dressage can help you clearly communicate with your horse and develop his body and movement.
Dressage 101 provides 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 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 at Third Level. This includes collected, medium, and extended gaits; advanced lateral movements; and flying changes.
Jane Savoie is the author of many dressage titles, including Cross-Train Your Horse and That Winning Feeling! She was the reserve rider for the bronze medal–winning dressage team in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and has won nine Horse of the Year awards as well as three National Freestyle Championships. She divides her time between Berlin, Vermont, and Wellington, Florida.
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