Carriage Driving: A Logical Approach Through Dressage Training

Carriage Driving: A Logical Approach Through Dressage Training


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""A book that will take the most novice beginner and permit him or her to progress to any level of driving with a clear understanding of how and why things are done."" -William E. Miller, M.D., President, American Driving Society ""[The authors] obviously know their subject well and treat it with much sensitivity and wisdom. I only wish I had this book before I started my driving program."" -Sasha Rockefeller The modern bible of carriage driving . . . now back by popular demand Widely renowned as the definitive book on training the driving horse, ""Carriage Driving"" offers an easy-to-follow, practical guide to this increasingly popular sport. The philosophy is simple but remarkably effective: If driving is as much fun for your horse as it is for you, he will be a willing partner in the endeavor. With that in mind, ""Carriage Driving"" focuses on building a strong physical, mental, and emotional relationship with your horse. Equine mechanics, selecting the right bit and tack, harnessing, and ground training are just a few of the topics addressed. Drivers at any level will benefit greatly from this groundbreaking book, which has stood for more than a decade as the preeminent resource on training a balanced, responsive, and safe driving horse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620457276
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/15/2004
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

HEIKE BEAN is the foremost authority on carriage driving, with over thirty years' experience teaching in the United States and Germany.

SARAH BLANCHARD is a licensed riding instructor and equine writer for "Horse Illustrated" and other magazines.

Table of Contents

1Understanding Your Horse1
2Equine Mechanics9
3The Bit31
4Finding and Fitting the Right Harness43
5Choosing the Right Carriage64
6Auxiliary Reins and the Whip79
7Basic Ground Training95
9Handling the Reins133
10The Lateral Bend143
11Longitudinal Bend (Development of the Topline)157
13Impulsion, Straightness and Collection198
14Driving for Pleasure and Competition228
15Pair Driving240
Bibliography and References263

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