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A Concise Guide to Hunting
by: Watson, JNP

An illustrated guide to Fox, Deer, Hare, Clean Boot, Drag, Mink and Coypu hunting. 90 pgs.
c.1988, H/C...$22.95

A Gymnastic Riding System Using Mind, Body, & Spirit
by: Steiner, Betsy

A unique, highly illustrated book that offers training techniques for the mind, body, and spirit of both rider and horse, including a specially designed Pilates program for riders. 272 pgs.
c. 2003, H/C...$29.95

Academic Equitation (Allens Classic Series)
by: General Decarpentry

A Training System Based on the Methods of D'Aure, Baucher and L'Hotte. First published in 1949, the author's own knowledge and wisdom are evident in this systematic training system, which takes horse and rider to the most advanced movements. 300 pgs.
c. 2005, H/C...$29.95

Advanced Dressage
by: Crossley, Anthony

Written for riders who want to go beyond general utility dressage. 155 pgs.
c. 1985, H/C... $19.95

An Anatomy Of Riding
by: Schusdziarra, H.

A guide to better dressage through the understanding of the anatomy of the horse. This revolutionary approach to dressage shows how essential a basic understanding of anatomy is to the rider. How to perform techniques, specifically which muscles are involved and how they should be used. The authors' anatomical analysis of classic dressage theory yields results that are illuminating for riders and riding instructors alike. Illustrated with B/W photographs, line drawings. 116 pgs.
c. 1978, S/C... $19.95

An Expert's Guide to Basic Dressage
by: Froissard, Jean

This book helps you to acquire the proper horse, then learn to train him, step by step. The 'dressage test' is just exactly what it declares itself to be: a test of training. But dressage is also a craft, and thus it can be taught and learned in simple terms, provided the student has already a good seat, steadiness, independence of aids and a certain feeling, called equestrian tact. The contents of An Expert's Guide to Basic Dressage include Riding in Tune, Understanding the Aids, The Rider as Trainer and the First Commandment, The Horse Turns by Both Ends, The Question of Balance, The Ramener, The Half-Turn on the Haunches and The Halt, The Rein Back and Rein Aids, Changing Speeds and Gaits, The Canter, The Second and Third Commandments, Work on Two Tracks, and General Impressions. Illustrations & photos. 110 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print.
c. 1971, S/C... $7.00

Athletic Development Of The Dressage Horse: Manege Patterns
by: DeKnuffy, Charles

Describes classical manege exercises that supply, strengthen & correct. Unlike other dressage books, this book explains how exercises can & should be used to increase performance ability, suspension, collection & changes of gaits through true patterns & counter patterns that are accompanied by diagrams & demonstration photographs. 192 pgs.
c.1992... $28.00

Basic Coursebuilding (Threshold Picture Guide #17)
by: Summers, Maureen

Frames, safety, do's and dont's, planning courses, plans for judges, indoors or outdoors, building a course at a show. Color illustrations. 24 pgs.
c. 1991, S/C... $12.95

Basic Dressage (Crowood Equestrian Guides)
by: Ripman, Barbera

A book for all riders who wish to proceed beyond the basics. Includes: requirements of the novice and knowing the arena, quality of school movements, riding posture, balance on circles and the aids, rythm and tempo through the basic paces, progressing to competition standards, the later aids and moving sideways, from true to counter canter. B/W photos & illustrations. 96 pgs.
c. 1991, S/C... $22.95

Basic Jumping (Crowood Equestrian Guides)
by: Foster, Carol

A complete introduction for every horse owner and rider. It covers everything the novice needs including first jumping lessons, riding a simple course, and making your own jumps, as well as schooling over jumps, tack and equipment, cross-country jumping, show-jumping, and hunter trials. The book will enable the young rider to develop both skills and confidence in this area of riding. B/W photos & illustrations. 94 ps.
c. 1991, S/C... $22.99

Breaking & Riding
by: Fillis, James

One of the most important works ever written on dressage, "Breaking and Riding" is essential reading for the serious dressage enthusiast. In this work, the result of a lifetime spent training horses, James Fillis (1834-1913) clearly explains his theories and methods, starting with the basics of breaking/lungeing, work in hand, and first mounting, and progressing to advanced work, including canter pirouette, tempi changes, piaffe, and passage. Throughout the work, Fillis always returns to his basic principle: The horse must be correctly balanced and light in forward movements and propulsion, in order that the rider may obtain the most powerful effects with the least exertion. Fillis was an apprentice to a student of the legendary trainer François Baucher. In this book, while expressing admiration for Baucher, Fillis also explains in detail the ways in which he believed Baucher was mistaken in some of his methods. 376 pgs.
c. 1986, Reprint of 1902 Edition, H/C... $34.95

Care of the Competition Horse
by: Pilliner, Sarah

A book explaining every aspect of management, training and care to help the amateur rider to produce a horse capable of performing to the best of its ability. 176 pgs.
c. 1994, H/C... $24.95

Celebrity Jumping Exercises
by: Orme, Caroline

The ideal training guide for anyone serious about improving their jumping. Celebrity Jumping Exercises offers more that 40 exercises from the top riders and trainers from the world of eventing. Features include:progressive exercises suitable for all levels from riding club through to Advanced eventing, detailed instruction on how to ride each one and how to fix common faults, at a glance 'uses' boxes to help you choose the exercises that are best for you and your horse and insights into the training philosophies that have guided the experts to the top. 137 pages Color photos
c. 2006, H/C...$29.99

Classical Rider: Being At One With Your Horse
by: Loch, Sylvia

Concentrates mainly on the physiology & psychology of the horse & instinct. The author believes that in order to be at one with a horse, riders should study his physiology and psychology and work within the laws of nature. Riders at all levels of attainment should find this book both stimulating and an inspiration. 337 pgs.
c. 1997, H/C... $29.95

Classical Riding (Threshold Picture Guides #55)
by: Sharples, Johanna

An introduction to the basic principles of classical riding, with key exercises on how to adopt the classical seat and to use classical training methods to improve your horse's way of going, in hand, on the lunge and under saddle. The book contains not only classical riding in a nutshell, but also practical exercises to try at home. Color illustrations. 24 pgs.
c. 2008, Booklet...$12.95

Classical Schooling with the Horse in Mind: Gentle Gymnastic Training Techniques
by: Beran, Anja

Recognizing that modern day dressage has become more of a sport than an art form, this guide advocates for a revival of schooling that emphasizes pleasure for both the horse and the rider. The discussion focuses first on how the rider learns in the classical system and then turns to the selection and management of the horse. Addressed to riders of all ages and skill levels—and to animal lovers generally—this moving appeal successfully showcases a humane riding tradition. Anja Beran is a professional horsewoman trained in the Iberian riding style. She owns and operates Gut Rosenhof, a training school in Germany. Dr. Gerd Heuschmann is a veterinarian with a research interest in the training of horses in equestrian sports. Color & B/W photos. 192 pgs.
c. 2007, H/C...$45.00

Competitive Edge II
by: Gahwyler, Max

This wonderfully useful book is aimed at the rider moving up the levels (or thinking about moving up) from Second Level to FEI. It discusses the issues and problems inherent in moving up, looks at numerous specific movements, and even includes a "ride along" as a Fourth level test is ridden in competition. Dressage history, moving up, aids, movements, understanding & riding tests. 144 pgs.
c. 1992, H/C... $25.95

Constructing Cross Country Obstacles
by: Thomson, Bill

This book gives detailed descriptions of the ways and means of constructing good, solid and durable obstacles and is fully illustrated by photographs and diagrams. It has been entirely revised and brought up to date. Types of fences, construction, materials, & other equipment. 103 pgs.
c. 1972, S/C... $17.95

Course Design & Construction For Horse Trials
by: Watson, Mary Gordon

Part One: The Cross-Country. Part Two: Dressage. Part Three: Show Jumping. A step by step guide to fences their design and construction. Helpful advice given to choosing a site, assessing the course and making the most of natural features. All phases - all levels. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, drawings and explanatory diagrams. 240 pgs.
c. 1987, H/C... $65.00

Cross-Country Masterclass With Leslie Law
by: Sly, Debby

The competition gets tougher all the time, as cross-country riders and their horses team up to master ever more challenging courses. But in the latest developments it's the courses themselves that are making the biggest impact, and now you can get inside the minds of the designers of some of today's most difficult fences and combinations to figure out how to match wits with them. A top horse-trials competitor and a top event rider team up to take you through a variety of new cross-country courses, designed for novice, intermediate, and advanced levels to show the best way to attack them. Practical tips and fascinating chats are accompanied by action sequence photos taken during world-class competition. Here's everything you need to know so you'll always be up to the challenge, no matter how difficult the course. 160 pgs.
c. 1995, H/C... $29.95

David Broome's Training Manual
by: Favord, Marcy

Behind the scenes look at what it takes to top the world of showjumping. 152 pgs.
c. 1994, H/C... $29.95

Dressage As Art In Competition
by: Winnett, John

A Silver Medalist's advice for keeping the competitive edge while maintaining the artistry of classical equitation. Advice on: Posture, psychology, flexibility, impulsion, walk, trot, canter, lungeing. 190 pgs.
c. 1993, H/C... $34.00

Dressage Masterclass with Dane Rawlins
by: Ryecart, Karen

To achieve the seamless harmony portrayed in dressage, a rider and his horse must work together as a team. Learn how to establish an essential partnership while building technique to refine the graceful movements required. From lunging and long-reining, to pirouettes, piaffe, passage, and more, follow this comprehensive training program by a top rider and trainer. Specially commissioned sequence photography. Color & B/W photos. 152 pgs.
c. 1995, H/C (Regular $27.95)...$25.00
Used, Out-Of-Print, Quantities Limited
Condition: Very Good with dust jacket, ex-library, usual library markings otherwise like new

Dressage: A Study Of The Finer Points Of Riding
by: Wynmalen, Henry

Dressage is the art of improving one's horse beyond the stage of plain usefulness. An understanding of its principals is of inestimable value to all riders who wish to improve the performance of their horses. The author explains that the nature of these principals is essentially very simple. There is, he says, no fundamental difference between the methods employed in handling a new-born foal or in riding a high-school horse. It is only in the application of these methods to work of an ever more exacting nature that the difficulties increase. The solution lies in the gradual development of a mutual language which horse and rider can both understand, speak and enjoy; the conversation between them becomes more interesting as the mutual understanding grows. The reader follows the development of this language step by step and is given an insight into the interplay of the mental and physical factors on which the training of the horse is based. Where necessary, excellent diagrams are added for additional clarity and the book is illustrated with carefully selected photographs of exceptional merit. 288 pgs.
A classic that is still in-print
c. 1971, S/C... $15.00

Dressage: Training & Exercises For Competition
by: Marshall, Leonie

Divided into 5 parts the book covers "The Dressage Horse and Rider", "Basic Training", "Intermediate Work", "Advanced Work" and "Competitive Dressage". Complete with B&W line diagrams and photographs showing how to ride the movements, figures and exercises, and how to prepare yourself and your horse for competitions at novice, intermediate and advanced levels. 176 pgs.
c. 1993, H/C... $27.50

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