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Kottas on Dressage - Arthur Kottas-Heldenburg

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Kottas on Dressage is a distillation of practice and philosophy of one of the most highly regarded international trainers of the current era. Having stressed the need for the rider to establish correct posture and a thorough understanding of the aids before attempting to train the horse, the book goes on to highlight the value of establishing rapport with the horse and enhancing his mental responses and developing his physique with groundwork, before progressing to work under saddle. Following this, the text focuses on thorough, incremental development of the basic gaits, as well as including chapters on: the rider’s position, training the rider on the lunge, training the horse on the ground, the walk, the trot, the canter and counter-canter, flying changes of lead at counter, the lateral exercises and piaffe and passage.

Kottas on Dressage is filled with the classical training tradition of the Spanish Riding School (SRS) of Vienna by an impeccable authority, the former First Chief Rider. This knowledge has not always been accessible to the public at large.  It is my understanding that after hundreds of years in practice, this school of riding is not written down anywhere, but passed on orally from experienced riders to the trainees, to avoid error.  Having it at hand in a book, one that is beautifully organized and highly readable, is a great privilege.  There are various reasons why I loved this book, but a main one is its extraordinary clarity, in part a result of that organization.  As it progresses from the basics of starting a young or green horse to the ultimate piaffe and passage, I never once had to go over a sentence repeatedly, trying to figure out ‘what did he mean by that?’  Every sentence is clear and precise and made me appreciate the mind from this this book originated as having a compassionate and deep understanding of the equine psyche… If for some reason I was forced to abandon my considerable dog-eared dressage library and was allowed to take with me only a single book, this one would be it.”  Dressage Today

“Much has been written already in the 21st Century on dressage… one book that really has stood out, and in my opinion is the best to be written this century, is Kottas on Dressagepublished by Kenilworth Press. Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg surely needs no introduction. A former First Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School he is probably one of the greatest exponents of true classical dressage. He is clearly one of those who has ‘walked the walk’ with authority, clarity and simplicity. I particularly liked the section on the riders’ position which is clearly explained, and the author gives excellent summaries at the end of each section as well as good, fault-solving tips. When Alois Podhasky’s book The Complete Training of the Horse and Rider was first published in 1965 (1967 in the UK) it very quickly became a classic and is still regarded as ‘the bible’ in many quarters. To my mind, Kottas on Dressage equals this book and I have no doubt that it will go down as one of the classics of the 21st century. In a time when more and more people take up dressage and, in many instances, horses appear to be pushed and hurried in their training (perhaps due to a lack of patience either from a lack of knowledge or instant gratification), then many trainers, instructors and riders would do well to invest in this publication.” Patrick Print FBHS, British Horse magazine

“An essential tool for riders of all abilities from riding club to Grand Prix.” Horse

  • Vazba: pevná
  • Počet stran: 206
  • Nakladatel: Kenilworth Press (29 Jun. 2010)
  • Jazyk: angličtina
  • ISBN-10: 1905693052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905693054
  • Rozměry: 18.9 x 2.2 x 24.6 cm
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