The Dressage Horse Manifesto
Training Secrets, Insight, and Revelations from 10 Dressage Horses
Grand Prix dressage rider and performer Yvonne Barteau has trained her share of horses over the years from off-track racing Thoroughbreds, to Arabians, to Friesians, to Warmbloods and she asserts that everything that needs to be known about effectively training a horse is already known…by any horse.
‘Each horse,’ says Barteau, ‘will know and respect the person who figures out how to train him, if that person is fair.’ The best trainers are not only ‘horse whisperers,’ they are listeners. And readers. They listen to what the horse has to say. They can read horse body language and behaviour patterns and they stay calm under pressure.
Barteau believes that every dressage rider can learn to listen and read, and so experience greater success and partnership with his or her horse. In this book Barteau has used her knowledge and decades of experience and success in and out of the dressage ring to help put to paper what 10 different dressage horses would say to you about horse training if they could. Through the dressage horse’s mouth, from his point of view, readers learn: how simple things really are and how complicated we make them; the value of routine, consequence, and peace; the importance of leadership, fairness, and trust; the need for your sense of responsibility to match your ambition; plus, what kinds of rewards really work and what frightens, annoys, or causes horses to disregard us altogether.
Reviews for The Dressage Horse Manifesto
Very entertaining, and it’s not one of those dry step-by-step guides to dressage books. Absolutely a book for anybody – explains what dressage is, how you should treat your horse, different horse personalities, with a decent explanation of FEI levels.
This looks through the eyes of 10 different dressage horses and gets their view of training etc. It is a training manual but it’s been cleverly put together by US dressage GP rider, Yvonne, with the help of some fantastic colour images and a glowing introduction by Olympic rider and American hall of famer Hilda Gurney, whose name may not be instantly apparent to most, but she’s been there, done it, got the medals and therefore has more than enough knowledge to add her little bit to the front of what is a very nice manual for all levels.
The Essex Rider