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Riding in Harmony Dressage Techniques by Phil Bennett

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by Phil Bennett

Riding in Harmony explains the gradual, systematic and gymnastic development of the horse. It recognizes the importance of training the rider and explains the basic riding skills which will enable them to develop their horse's talent. Written in a fluent, accessible style, it will appeal to all riders and trainers looking for a humane and sympathetic approach to riding and training their horses.

Organized into three parts, the book covers training the rider, training the horse and dressage competition. Part one includes the mechanics of the classical position and how the rider learns to move in harmony with the horse in all paces. This is followed by a detailed explanation of the correct application of the aids and their effect on the horse.

Part two covers such topics as rhythm, relaxation, contact, implusion, straightness, collection, self-carriage, suspension and correct half-halts. A whole chapter is devoted to the outline and correct carriage of the horse. Putting the horse on on aids, bending and lateral suppleness are thoroughly explored and the chapter on two-track lateral exercises includes easy to understand explanations of the aids for each movement. Part two concludes with a chapter examining what to do when things go wrong in the training.

Part three starts with a look at the requirements at different levels of competition. There is a useful chapter with tips and advice on the correct riding of school movements and dressage figures. Other topics include the scale of marks and an explanation of judge's terminology.

CONDITION: Book is as new, hard cover with dust jacket, 160 pages, copyright 2005, illustrated with B&W photographs.