Dressage from the Horse's Point of View

Ulrike Thiel

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What does the horse feel when a rider is crooked in the saddle?

What is it like to go faster or slower, to round curves and travel straight, with an unbalanced load to carry?

What goes through the horse's mind when he is over-flexed and over-aided...when he is forced into biomechanically unsound positions?

What happens when a prey animal (the horse) must learn to defeat his own preservation instinct and perform on cue with a predator (humankind) clinging tohis back?

In this important book, Dr. Ulrike Thiel—a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, sport psychologist, dressage rider, riding instructor, judge, and Xenophon Society classical trainer—examines these important questions, and others. With the use of exercises and astute comparisons, Thiel gives readers an eye-opening tour of the realm of the ridden dressage horse, ensuring we all work to make the job of "being ridden" part of a mutual pursuit—a dance involving two engaged and caring partners, a friendship binding mind and body.

Additional Information

Author: Ulrike Thiel

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 240

Illustrations: 338 color photos & diagrams

ISBN: 9781570765582

By Ulrike Thiel

Dr.Ulrike Thiel is a psychologist, qualified sports teacher, riding therapist, judge and successful author. At her institute HippoCampus she trains horses, riders and equine therapists according to classical principles. As a Xenophon trainer, she is actively committed to horse-friendly riding. She is based in Germany.

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