While your real horse education happens with the horses, a
whole lot can be learned from a good book. I love reading, and
especially love reading about horses. With it being so easy to order
books over the Internet, a true wealth of information is readily
available. The downside of that is the cliché is right -- you can't
always judge a book by its cover.
Often I wish I knew more about a book that looks promising before I
lay down my credit card. What I really want to find out is what other
horse people think of it. Some of the book-selling web sites
offer reviews but often they are simply provided by the publisher, or
not available for the particular book I am interested in. In that
spirit, I am passing on my reviews of the horse books in my library.
I've provided links for each of the books
I've reviewed to allow you to buy that book on the
amazon.com web site, or amazon.ca for Canadian readers.
And, all of these books
are really in my personal library, meaning I own them and have read them all.
welcome your opinions, comments, and suggestions about my library.
Feel free to email me at
The Simplicity of Dressage
Johann Hinnemann, Coby Van Baalen, Claartje Van Andel
Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2003
The title of this book just jumped out at me, and made me want to find out more.
"The Simplicity of Dressage" -- huh?! Some days I think I have faced
no greater challenge, no bigger growth opportunity than the learning
of dressage riding.
But author Coby Van Baalen explains the title this way:
"It's not because dressage
is so simple to do, but because dressage is simple to explain.
Regardless of which level one rides, the basics are always the same."
Aaah, so true. Training -- or "schooling" as the authors prefer to call it --
always comes down to working on and perfecting the six central basic concepts.