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Xenophon Press

The Elements of Dressage: a Guide for Training the Young Horse by von Ziegner

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Xenophon Press' new 2022 hardcover edition
brings this title back into the Xenophon Press Library where it began.
In print November 2022

Kurd Albrecht von Ziegner has developed an indispensable tool for any horse person
interested in riding and training horse for dressage, 3-day enventing or jumping. Elements of Dressage: A Guide for Training the Young Horse, was developed to help riders, trainers and judges understand what it takes to classically train a horse so it can
succeed in any discipline.
In Elements of Dressage, K.A. von Ziegner presents the “Training Tree,” a mnemonic diagram that is correct, and easy to remember and understand. It outlines the ten essential elements of classical basic training and shows how these conceptual elements are related and in what order they should be achieved.
From the Table of Contents they are:
• Collection
• Impulsion
• Suppleness
• Balance
• Straightness
• “On the Aids”
• Contact / Connection
• Freedom of Movement
• Regularity
• Relaxation
The author clearly explains how trainers and riders can apply dressage work gently and logically in order to develop a solid mental and physical foundation for any horse.
This book will help riders and trainers in teaching a horse to be sound, confident and well prepared for work and competition at advanced levels for all areas of specialized training whether it be dressage, jumping, eventing, endurance or any other type of equestrian specialization.
(7' x 10" hardcover
133 pages, with many helpful diagrams
ISBN: 9781948717489
About the author
Beginning in 1971, Colonel Kurd Albrecht von Ziegner (1918-2016) operated an internationally renowned riding school in Mechtersen, Germany, south of Hamburg. Trained as an officer in the cavalry school in Hannover, he became a leading NATO officer in the 1950s and took over the construction of the Turkish cavalry school in Ankara. He was also one of the most prominent and successful dressage trainers in the
United States, where he developed a new dressage test, the Prix St. James. Winner of the German Rider Cross in Gold, the author shares insights from more than fifty years of training. He is also the author of many articles and books including The Basics: A Guideline for Successful Training [Xenophon Press].

 

K. A. von Ziegner has developed an indispensable training tool for dressage, eventing, and jumping. This book was developed to help riders, trainers, and judges understand what it takes to classically train a horse so it can succeed in any discipline. Here, he presents the "Training Tree," a concept that is compelling and easy to understand. It outlines the 10 essential elements of classical basic training and shows how the elements are related and in what order they should be achieved. The author clearly explains how trainers and riders can apply for dressage work gently and logically, in order to develop a solid foundation in any horse, mentally as well as physically. This book will assist trainers and riders in teaching a horse to be sound, confident, and well-prepared for work and competition at the advanced levels.



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