Training the Horse in Hand : The Classical Iberian Principles
The origins of modern dressage lie in the Classical style of riding as practised at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna; this book goes back to those roots, showing how horses can be trained in hand - without a rider, using the lunge or long rein. Although most equestrian hobbyists do not practice these specialist training methods themselves, the principles involved are of exceptional interest to dressage enthusiasts and traditional trainers. As a result, this textbook is more than a practical training manual; it is an attractive reading package with excellent colour photographs. The author trained at the Spanish Riding School for eight years; he continued his training in Spain & Portugal; today he trains riders near Vienna.
- Hardback | 176 pages
- 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.68g
- 30 Jun 2004
- Cadmos Equestrian
- Brunsbek, Germany
- 98 colour photographs, 45 two-colour illustrations
About Alfons Dietz
Alfons J. Diez trained for eight years at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. In Spain and Portugal, he studied the classical Iberian riding styles of Alta Escuela, Doma Vaquera, and Rejoneo. Today, he is one of the most respected trainers of Baroque horses in Vienna.
"Beautiful color pictures make this useful book even more enjoyable as Ettl shows you how to benefit your horse physically through simple manipulations and massage." "--American Quarter Horse Journal"
Back cover copy
In this handbook you will find fascinating information on the development of the horse, using all methods of work in hand: LungeingLong reiningTraining in hand according to the Iberian schoolTraining in hand according to the Viennese schoolSchooling between the pillarsWorking with shortened long reins and free long reins Training The Horse in Hand presents a complete system for the development of the young horse, from its first lessons on the lunge line through the highest levels of dressage. All lessons are discussed, including lateral work, leg-yielding, shoulder-in, piaffe, passage, Spanish walk, and airs above the ground. The author places special value on the use of groundwork as an extension of training under saddle.The art of riding lies in being able to understand the cause and effect of everything you do. If you abide by these rules when you work with your friend the horse, he will in return be a joyful companion who will be eager to do anything for you.Nothing written in this book is "my method." There are experiences that are thousands of years old, which I have been allowed to discover in my own life and have become richer for doing so. Everything you read here is therefore "clinically tested" through the skill and knowledge of the old masters and myself, and only written in modern words. So I wish you a tremendous amount of fun as you read and apply this old wisdom. - from the Introduction