Books to help you learn Classical Methods
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I am asked what book might prepare a rider for their riding holiday.  Below are some of the books that I find will enhance your experience.  Sylvia's book puts the classical riding into modern perspective, General De Carpentry helps you understand the older training methods still and Jane Savoie helps put it into modern context.  The other books follow up on the principals and exercises you will learn while riding in Portugal.   Joseph Berto

by Sylvia Loch (Hardcover)
(Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
As Sylvia put it, " An angel must have been at my elbow when I wrote this, the words just flowed out". This is a GREAT book. It provides not only historical information but also a carries the reader through the wonderful chronology of classical riding in a way that is interesting and informative.  You will feel privileged to still be able to return to Portugal and experience the riding that is described in the book.  
Academic Equitation
by Nicole Bartle (Translator), General Decarpentry (Hardcover)
Average Customer Review:5.0 out of 5 stars
I believe this is the best book ever written on Classical riding and training. A must read for any serious student of the art, a gift to those who understand it. Deals with all aspects of riding, it will become an indispensable part of your equestrian library.
3.   Cross-Train Your Horse: Simple Dressage for Every Horse, Every Sport/Book 1
by Jane Savoie, 
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
This is an excellent textbook written to  introduce a rider into higher horsemanship, with thoughtful explanations based on solid principles. Jane Savoies' years of teaching make a wonderful presentation of the "learning to ride" subject. 
4.   Dressage: A Study of the Fine Points of Riding
by Henry Wynmalen (Paperback - December 1981)
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
This book begins your advanced look into horsemanship. No finer book to explain the days, weeks and months involved in upper level training.
5. Riding Logic
by Wilhelm M"Useler
Average Customer Review:5.0 out of 5 stars
An indispensable book written to help you  unlock the "keys" to advanced riding. A MUST OWN book.
Common Sense Dressage
by Sally O'Connor, et al (Hardcover - June 1990)
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Once astride a horse there are lessons the horse teaches us. This book helps understand the motion of the horse and how to blend in, developing a good "Seat".
7. School of Horsemanship
by Francois Robichon De LA Gueriniere, Tracy Boucher (Hardcover)
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
Before you spend a bunch on "New" horsemanship theories, READ THIS! Written in 1731 it describes virtually everything that is taught in the "modern" books. Advanced reading for advanced riding hopes.
8. The Athletic Development Of the Dressage Horse: Manege Patterns
by Charles de Kunffy (Hardcover - 1992)
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
While many books focus on the riders "how to's", this book help fill in the blanks to help your horse to be physically capable and balanced. Enables hours of riding enjoyment, with purpose! 
9.   Complete Training of Horse and Rider
by Alois Podhajsky (Paperback - 1967)
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
A  fine book describing how the Spanish Riding School uses Classical techniques to train their horses.  Many of the methods are also described in many of  the other recommended books.  
10.   Driven DRESSAGE with the SINGLE HORSE
by Sandy Rabinowitz (Softcover)
(Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
The line drawings in this book make it worth the purchase alone.  Although not specifically about dressage riding, the illustrations clearly show the differences between extensions, self carriage, hollow backed, engagement, working one-sided, lengthening, collection and a host of other working terms more clearly than another book I have read.
11. Training Strategies for Dressage Riders (Howell Equestrian Library)
by Charles De Kunffy
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
Now that you have a good foundation on riding, it is time to expand your tools on training. Great book on advanced techniques.

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