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Dressage Principles Illuminated Hardcover – October 1, 2002
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In this lovely, thought–provoking work on the art of dressage, readers will recognize author Charles de Kunffy’s uncompromising devotion to the horse. He insists that riding must have therapeutic value for the horse as well as the rider, and that a seamless partnership between the two be the most important goal (rather than accolades in competition). He explains the rationale for training the horse and the methodology for doing so correctly, placing great emphasis on the importance of suppleness and collection, which lead to athletic development. Mr. de Kunffy also writes eloquently about what it means to be an equestrian and about the roles of teachers and mentors in a rider’s education. Charles de Kunffy is a sought–after international dressage judge and clinician who zealously passes on his vast knowledge to further generations. His previous books include The Athletic Development of the Horse and Training Strategies for Dressage Riders. Mr. de Kunffy makes his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. An Equestrian Edge Book Club Selection
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* Care for the horse-man relationship
* Develop mastery of self
* Listen to (and learn from) the horse
* Respect the process and the history
* and more..
Granted, there are many pieces of advice I'm not ready for (specifics on Cavaletti riding and so on). And other books have been more practical (for my level) with the how-tos.
But no other book has touched me so deeply with the why-tos.
As far as the content of the book, the author gets a little 'wordy' at times, but makes many good points. The illustrations are very helpful, especially with position. I skipped by the wordiness and found the parts which were most helpful to me.