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101 Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider Paperback – January 1, 2005


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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580175953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175951
  • ASIN: B001TL020W
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 11.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jec Aristotle Ballou's first love has always been horses. Her second is Philosophy. When you put the two together, you end up with her unmistakable writing style, instruction, and musings about the equine world that has captivated her since childhood. Her training books have gained wide acclaim from readers around the globe. With her latest venture, a horse humor book and blog (www.jecballou.blogspot.com), she hopes also to leave those readers laughing.
Jec's personal web site is available at www.jecballou.com

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I find this book very easy to read, with a lot of good exercises.
A. Rudman
Even though I ride western, 101 Dressage Exercises has helped me create more lift and forward motion in my horse while retaining flexion.
Rachel
The exercises are perfect for the development of both horse and rider, and make daily practice interesting and fun!
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Rotty3M on January 28, 2007
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The idea behind this spiral bound book and the set up of it are both great. Lessons are on top and bottom of the pages, i.e. in vertical format rather than in horizontal. Within each lesson, the set up on the page is wonderful. A large portion of the upper page is taken up by the arena diagram which shows very clearly what the exercise will do (walk, trot, canter, halt, sidepassing, etc.).

Many lessons also have a brief "Benefits" blurb to the left of the diagram, indicating in plain language why the execise should be done. When appropriate, beneath the Benefits part, a key describes what different notations in the diagram stand for, e.g. a cone, a leg yield, ground poles, W/T/C, etc. I was very impressed with the details on that top portion.

The second half, i.e. the lower page, is where I have downgraded the 5.0 to a 4.0 (which really should be probably a 4.25 stars). This page is also split vertically in two halves. "How do I ride this?" and "Keep in mind." The former is a Step-by-Step / cookbook description of the exercise, the latter a short few-liner note on what should be kept in the back of one's mind. The "Keep in Mind" portion is rather nice and often will refer back to other exercises in the book or will be amended by notes on a particular subject such as "Riding on a loose rein."

The main qualm I have about the lower page stems from the extreme brevity of descriptions. I would like to see a bit more discussion on how to deal with problems that arise. In some cases there are two pages interjected that deal with particular issues such as "Straightness" or "Lateral Work," but none really mention in detail where issues can arise and how to counteract problems. That is the main reason for giving this book a 4.0 rather than a 5.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on June 9, 2006
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Even though I ride western, 101 Dressage Exercises has helped me create more lift and forward motion in my horse while retaining flexion. I especially liked the chapters describing different stretches and massages beneficial to your horse. I also recently bought the author's DVD, which is also really helpful. It goes into more depth regarding work-in-hand, and helped me pay closer attention to my horse's muscular development.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Beverly R. McLean on February 21, 2006
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If you have been riding dressage for very long, hopefully you have an instructor that teaches with exercises to help you advance or correct issues. I've always wanted to have a repository of those exercises and now I do. This book is excellent. If it wasn't for copyright laws I would copy and laminate all of the pages in this book so that I could take them with me to the barn for easier reference! This is the best new dressage tool that I have come across in a very long time!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Irwin Stewart on December 13, 2007
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This book is absolutely wonderful if you want an extremely easy-to-use, succint book of exercises. I'm just starting to teach and find it to be an incredibly useful resource for coming up with lesson plans. This is not for the rider who wants in-depth instructions on riding or training, though useful and salient points are made about performing the exercises. There are plenty of other books that provide in-depth instruction. This book fills its very own, very important niche and it is by far one of my favorite resources.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diane on March 21, 2006
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This book is a great help to plan and diversify flat work and seriously move forward in dressage. But it lacks the step by step progression plan that, in my view, makes 101 jumping exercises so much better than this one. It tells you what exercises to do, but not how to teach your horse how to do them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Turley on February 23, 2006
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Very useful exercises for horses at all levels. Some of the exercises I did not do (Ackerman Square) as they have no forward in them. Format is excellent for taking into the arena with you. You can read it without your glasses.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Baylis on March 25, 2008
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Brilliant diagrams, excellent keys, simply mapped out and laid out information for difficult and also the easiest of dressage manoevres. It's bound at the top for a vertical flip, with a hole punched down near the bottom so you can hang the book on a nail on your bulletin board or at home to study it and keep it open while you study it. It has handy hints how to achieve positions and gives you ideas to improve certain flaws. It is by far the best book on dressage I have read so far.

Just about EVERY page has another full A4 dressage arena on it showing the pattern where the horse is going, it shows crossbars and it shows trotting poles and where to place them, it shows where you should do a certain manoevre such as a flying change or shoulder-in with an excellent use of diagrams and patterns which have a key right next to it so the design remains uncluttered and simple to read. A best buy for anyone serious about dressage - or even jumping - to keep their horse supple and to keep their horse from boredom. Brilliant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Teplin on January 23, 2007
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I was so disappointed with some of the other riding exercise books out there, but this one is worth every penny. As a riding instructor and a trainer I would reccomend this book for riders of all disiplines.
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