Janet Foy's expertise, fundamental solutions, good stories, and
good humor are destined to bring out the best in dressage riders and their
"not-so-perfect" horses everywhere.
Thousands of riders pursue the sport of dressage across the globe,
and the majority do so on a budget and with the horse they already have, or
quite simply, the one they can afford. This means riders daily face the
challenge of mastering one of the world's most esteemed equestrian pursuits on
horses that may not be bred specifically for the task, or even if they have
been, may not be top prospects for any number of reasons--behavior quirks,
conformational impediments, age or soundness, you name it.
International dressage judge, clinician, and riding coach Janet
Foy has ridden many different horses in the course of her riding and horse
training career--different size, shapes, colors, and breeds--to the highest
levels of dressage competition. Now she has compiled her best tips for training
and showing the horse you have (or the horse you love, despite his "faults")
through the levels. With lists of common "imperfections and evasions"
experienced when riding movements--from simple transitions and leg-yield to
zig-zags, tempi changes, and piaffe--followed by training tips and creative ways
to "perfect" the "imperfections." Riders are bound to discover countless ways to
apply Janet's advice to their dressage pursuits.
"Now [Foy] has compiled her best tips for training and showing the horse you have (or the horse you love, despite his faults) through the levels. Her lists of the common 'imperfections and evasions' experienced when riding movements are followed by Janet's creative ways to perfect those imperfections, sprinkled with numerous personal stories." —Lone Star Horse Report (August 2012)
"The book is divided into three sections . . . each section includes chapters on individual movements, making it easy to find exactly the kind of insight and help you might need. The book is well-organized and easy to understand and makes for a good read for those of us with 'imperfect horses.'" —The Chronicle of the Horse (October 2012)