Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Review: Jane Savoie's Dressage 101

 I just finished a great book on dressage, called Jane Savoie's Dressage 101, by Jane Savoie. It was originally published as two editions, but a couple years ago the two books were published into one. It has a lot of information in it that can help jumpers, eventers, and other riders ind addition to dressage riders.

 The book begins by explaining what the purpose of dressage is and how it can benefit your horse. It also talks longeing and the importance of a good seat before teaching two fundamentals of dressage---forward and straight. Next, it covers several other important things: paces, gaits, and rhythm. It teaches how to evaluate the walk, trot, and canter, and also explains the different types of each gait(collected, working, medium, extended). Then it explains contact before teaching about basic flatwork and lateral movement. The book has loads more information in it and is definitely worth checking out. It is organized in several stages broken down into chapters so you can work on thing and later progress to the next one.

Would I Recommend It? 
 I would recommend this book to anyone, even if she doesn't plan on competing in dressage. Dressage 101 contains information on making your horse more in harmony with, and collection, for example, can be helpful for jumpers as well because it gives them more power as they take off. I learned a lot reading it. The author has a clear and interesting way of writing, too. It is a book well worth reading!


  1. I actually just got this book not too long ago, but I have yet to read it. I am glad you recommend it!

    1. You should read it when you have the time!

  2. I've heard great things about this book!


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