101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider

by Jec Aristotle Ballou, Stephanie Boyles
Foreword by Al Dunning

Storey Publishing, LLC | July 29, 2014 | Spiral Bound

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The exciting new discipline of Western Dressage lets riders of Western pleasure, work, or competitive horses enjoy the benefits of traditional dressage while using Western tack and attire. This book -- the very first on the topic -- offers 101 fun and effective exercises that will improve every Western horse''s suppleness, balance in movement, and responsiveness. Each exercise is presented with illustrated, step-by-step instructions and a full arena diagram, and exercises are organized by focus: softness, looseness, rider development, engagement, adjustability, and ground work. This book is the ultimate reference for this new sport.

Format: Spiral Bound

Dimensions: 240 pages, 10.88 × 8.5 × 0.7 in

Published: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1612121705

ISBN - 13: 9781612121703

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101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider

by Jec Aristotle Ballou, Stephanie Boyles
Foreword by Al Dunning

Format: Spiral Bound

Dimensions: 240 pages, 10.88 × 8.5 × 0.7 in

Published: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1612121705

ISBN - 13: 9781612121703

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword by Al Dunning 1. What is Western Dressage? 2. Softness 1. Correct Flexion 2. Releasing Tension 3. Arena Diamond 4. Random Rails 5. Serpentine with Poles 6. Haunches-in Prep 7. Circle 8s 8. Circle Prep 9. Lope Chute 10. Box Turns 11. Testing Balance #1 12. Testing Balance #2 13. Leg-yield to Smaller Circle 14. Lope Lightness 15. Quarter Pirouette and Halt 16. Fine Tuning 17. Half-pass to Leg-yield 18. Shoulder-in to Haunches-in 19. Two Circles at Once 3. Looseness 20. Controlled Wandering 21. Snake over Poles 22. Circle Review 23. Free Wheelin'' 24. Sit and Stretch 25. Warm-up Figure 8 26. Stretching and Rounding 27. Cavalletti Half-circles 28. Suspension Square 29. Testing the Walks 30. Adjust the Walk #1 31. Adjust the Walk #2 32. Raised Fan 33. Turn Both Ends 34. Jog Diagonals 35. Three Step, Three Step 36. Leg-yield to Lengthening 4. Rider Development 37. Getting Centered 38. Rider Posture 39. Rider Coordination 40. Independent Seat 41. Finding Feel 42. Developing Seat 43. The 4x4x4 44. No Hands 45. Pelvic Rock 46. Mindful Corners 47. Lope Transitions on Centerline 48. Box Transitions #1 49. Box Transitions #2 5. Engagement 50. Circle Up 51. Balance Pattern 52. Over and Forward 53. Working to Lengthened Jog 54. Two Poles plus a Stride 55. Step Under 56. Collected Walk 57. Collect - Extend 58. Schaukel #1 59. Schaukel #2 60. Collection Serpentines 61. Jog Half-pass 62. Lope Bowtie 63. Counter to True 64. Counter-lope Serpentine 65. Lope Half-pass #1 66. Lo
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The exciting new discipline of Western Dressage lets riders of Western pleasure, work, or competitive horses enjoy the benefits of traditional dressage while using Western tack and attire. This book -- the very first on the topic -- offers 101 fun and effective exercises that will improve every Western horse''s suppleness, balance in movement, and responsiveness. Each exercise is presented with illustrated, step-by-step instructions and a full arena diagram, and exercises are organized by focus: softness, looseness, rider development, engagement, adjustability, and ground work. This book is the ultimate reference for this new sport.

From the Jacket

The Ringside Guide for Any Rider at Any Level

Softness - Looseness - Engagement - Adjustability - Ground Work

CLASSICAL DRESSAGE MEETS WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP in the growing equestrian discipline of Western Dressage.
Dressage work demands that horses be responsive, supple, and balanced - desirable qualities whether your
horse is navigating trails, working cattle, or performing in a dressage competition.

Following a comprehensive training path, these 101 exercises, presented as full arena diagrams with
step-by-step instructions, develop your horse''s natural ability to carry himself correctly. Practicing
them will also improve your own riding skills and strengthen your relationship and communication
with your horse.

Western Dressage can make your horse the best he can be, whether the goal is pleasure riding, the
highest levels of competition, or somewhere in between.

About the Author

Jec Ballou is the author of101 Dressage Exercises for Horse and RiderandEquine Fitness. She is a national advisor to the Western Dressage Association of America and helped to write the current rules for the sport. She teaches clinics and promotes Western Dressage across the Unites States. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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