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Dressage — Begin the Right Way - Lockie Richards

David, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little abrasion to the edges of the dust wrapper.

Later Printing. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Dressage, the training of a horse to improve his natural balance and movement, can be carried out perfectly well by the horse and rider. Yet many inexperienced horsemen look upon dressage as the performing of difficult high school actions, and fail to realise that every rider can benefit from such disciplines. Most previous books on the subject have encouraged this view, either by being too technical or by postulating that only ‘naturals’ take easily to dressage. Lockie Richards, well-known as an instructor in England, the United States and his native New Zealand, here disproves such beliefs. An expert rider himself, he shows that anyone with a knowledge of basic principles, good teaching and application can learn the necessary aids and so improve performance.

His methods are classical, with variations for the jumping or event horse. In clear language he offers simple guidelines to the novice, from basics to more advanced work. After discussing choice of horse he considers the rider’s position and describes exercises at the walk and trot to facilitate relaxation. A section is devoted to training the young horse, from handling, through lungeing to backing, and another details work for the four-year-old, including hand and leg contact and the use of cavalletti. Mr Richards is at pains to stress that no one can learn dressage from a book alone but only by understanding the theory, then applying it. This is particularly true of the part of the book dealing with second stage training, such as the more advanced half halt, half pass, turning on the haunches and flying change movements. To aid the new competitor, arena technique is considered, including working the horse in and correct modes of dress for various levels. A final chapter looks at judging with sound hints on riding a test, what judges look for and methods of scoring.

With over fifty demonstration photographs and figures backing up the text few riders will fail to benefit from Lockie Richards’s practical guide to all aspects of beginning dressage.”

Illustrated by Alix Coleman. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 92 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.