Dressage Training Customized: Schooling the Horse as Best Suits His Individual Personality and Conformation
All too often we try to apply the same techniques, in the same order, with the same intensity, regardless of our horse's defining characteristics. The result? At best slowed or stalled progress in learning movements and maneuvers, and at worst a fractured horse-and-rider relationshipor even a ruined" mount. Now Grand Prix dressage rider Britta Schöffmann has provided an in-depth key to the major horse types, as well as training roadmaps" for each. She explains that no matter how experienced a rider you are, no matter how many horses you've owned over the years, whether this is your first dressage prospect or your fiftieth, every horse is different, and each one must be treated as an individual when it comes to planning and implementing his training program.Learn how to ascertain a horse's character by looking at his ears, eyes, and stance, and noting his reactions under saddle. Find out why your horse's anatomy plays a role in how he's trained. And your horse's gender must be taken into accountdoes he have a gelding's pliable attitude, a mare's hormonal swings, or a stallion's machismo?Training according to the horse's type is something anyone can dowith the guidelines, hints, and tricks provided in this book, you'll find reading" a horse before you get on him soon becomes automatic. And, whether you school dressage for fun, for competition, or to supplement your horse's performance in another equestrian discipline, the six elements of the Training Scaleadministered in differing amounts according to the horse's typeare all you need to ensure a happy, healthy mount and a thriving partnership with him.