Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse: Riding Through the Levels on the Peculiar, Opinionated, Complicated Mounts We All Love Hardcover – Jun 8 2012
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"What is perfect is the way this book is put together. With little effort, you can find your problem and get a workable solution. We love Foy's insistence that horses are individuals with physical and mental limitations and how she works with those issues. She believes in developing a strong foundation, so her explanations start with where your horse's basics might be weak." —Horse Journal (January 2013)
About the Author
Janet Foy is an FEI I" judge, USEF "S" Dressage Judge and an USEF Sporthorse "R" Breeding Judge. She has judged at all major shows in the United States, including the FEI North American Young Rider Championships, the FEI North American Junior Championships, the USA World Cup League Finals, and the FEI North American Championships. She has also judged national championships, is on the USDF "L" Faculty, and instructs federation judges training programs throughout the United States for dressage and sport horse breeding. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nancy Jones is a novelist who teaches college English literature, writing, journalism, and women's studies courses in Minnesota and North Dakota. A dressage rider with FEI-level riding experience and national level competition success, she also specializes in equestrian journalism and has published numerous features. She lives in Fargo, North Dakota.
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I would definitely recommend this book especially for those riders who often ride alone.
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I have also read and re-read her excellent magazine articles, yellow marker in hand. And on top of that I have watched online videos of the excellent clinics she has team taught with some of our dressage superstars.
She has a wealth of knowledge.
So when notices of her book came out I pre-ordered my copy.
And I am not disappointed. Again, my yellow marker came out, and I also made annotations in the margins.
I think it is not just the problem-solving approach that is so refreshing, but the fact that Janet is willing to tell her own story, and describe her own training challenges without trying to shine-up the apple.
She is just like most of us, "less-than-perfect" riders.
Janet has a wicked sense of humor too, and I think it comes through. It will be a book that rider's will enjoy reading, as well as can keep in the tackroom as a "go-to" resource for training problems.
As someone who loves riding all different breeds, this is an invaluable book. It provides useful, time-tested solutions to problems we encounter as dressage riders all the time. Simply practical in every way! In addition, it is clear to see that the training advice is written with the best interest of the horse and rider in mind.
I'm lucky enough to ride with Janet and am happy to say that her fabulous teaching style translates very well to the written word. She is a kind, knowledgeable, fair, and correct teacher, and we are so lucky to have her insights contained in this book!
The writing is as clear and concise as Ms. Foy's clinics are. She gets right to the point and offers solutions for common problems encountered up the training scale on the way to Grand Prix. Her personal stories are infused with humor and understanding for those less than perfect horses.