For the past several decades, has your life been more about taking care of others than taking care of yourself while your dreams have gathered dust on long forgotten shelves?
Are you at that point in life when you've begun to wonder whether you'll ever find the courage to do all the things you wanted to do someday?
Offering horses as both metaphor and solution to the natural malaise that often rears its head just about the time we blow out that "midlife" birthday candle, this is the book that will help you ask (and answer), "What about my dreams?" and "Is it my turn yet?" and "If not now, when?" and best of all, "If now, how?"
Melinda Folse speaks to those women whose hearts yearn for reconnection at a time when life seems to have run its own course and childhood dreams of playing with horses are only a vague memory. She not only helps you rekindle the possibility of bringing a little equine energy into your life, she also takes you on a gentle journey of small steps to help your childhood passion become a reality.
Collective Remarks by Anne Gribbons, world-renown dressage judge and former U.S. Olympic coach, is a look back on her journey through the American dressage evolution since she entered the scene in 1972. This dressage book contains the best and worst of Anne’s experiences, serving as an entertaining source of history, funny anecdotes, attempts to learn from dressage’s past and prophesies about its future.
A prescription for healthy and beautiful riding, The Riding Doctor by Beth Glosten, MD is written by a doctor who struggled with tension, awkwardness and an aching back. This riding book offers clear explanations and illustrations plus exercises to improve your posture and position. Learn how to prevent unnecessary physical degeneration and ensure you can ride well for years to come!
The Riding Horse Repair Manual by Doug Payne helps riders address the causes of many of the most common troublesome behaviors exhibited by horses as they express pain or unhappiness. This 224 page book is filled with instructions, schooling exercises, color photos and diagrams as detailed by well-known international competitor, judge and trainer Doug Payne.
As the book progresses, exercises get increasingly challenging. There is something for all levels of riders, from 'D' Level Pony Clubbers to those preparing for 4' jumpers. Just as valuable as the exercises are the in-depth explanations and directions. Problem-solving, double-check, and tip boxes are provided for each exercise. Benefits are also clearly explained.
As with any book of exercises, riders should realize they can only get out of them what they are able to put into them. Regular feedback from a qualified coach or friend, listening carefully to what your horse tells you, and respecting the difficulty of seemingly 'simple' exercises will help riders move forward.
By internationally known trainer Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg, Dressage Solutions: A Rider’s Guide is an invaluable book for dressage riders. It covers the early years in a young horse’s development with emphasis on lungeing, backing and the rider’s seat. Each chapter includes a section on common problems and methods to correct them.
When Two Spines Align: Dressage Dynamics by Beth Baumert details practical ways riders can learn to harness the balance, energies and forces at play when they’re in the saddle. Readers will discover how to use “positive tension” and the four physical “Powerlines”—Vertical, Connecting, Spiraling, and Visual—to become balanced and effective in the saddle. 248 pages.