Divide and Conquer Book 2: Advanced Dressage Techniques

Divide and Conquer Book 2: Advanced Dressage Techniques

by Francois Lemaire de Ruffieu

Hardcover(Divide and Conquer Book 2�shows How to Accomplish All of the Upper Level Dressage Movements and Prov ed.)

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Just as small streams make big rivers, Divide and Conquer Book 1 explains a myriad of details on how to address each of the horse's body parts for training purposes. Divide and Conquer Book 2 regroups these details to show how to accomplish all of the upper level movements and provides several techniques designed to educate riders to achieve their short and long term goals. In a clear and simple method, François Lemaire de Ruffieu describes all the longitudinal and lateral movements including flying changes of lead at close intervals, canter pirouette, piaffe and passage, along with patterns and exercises that develop them.

All techniques for the upper level movements employ the horse's natural reflexes to stimuli at their foundations. The techniques provide a sound basis of training for any level and any discipline.

Dressage is an Art, and as such, can be viewed in many different ways. History shows that some extraordinary riding masters were radically different in their theories: Riders physical characteristics and differences in horse breeding have influenced Riding Masters leaving us a rich history of techniques with which to educate our horses properly. Dressage tends to follow fashion. Nevertheless, the goals of dressage have always remained the same: render the horse agreeable, easy to ride, well-balanced, straight and responding instantaneously to the slightest aids. Dressage is a school of obedience as well as a school of thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780933316942
Publisher: Xenophon Press LLC
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Series: Divide and Conquer , #2
Edition description: Divide and Conquer Book 2�shows How to Accomplish All of the Upper Level Dressage Movements and Prov ed.
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

François Lemaire de Ruffieu grew up in France. He was first trained by Master Jean Couillaud and graduated in 1967 from the Cadre Noir, one of the oldest and most prestigious riding academies in Europe. During his 6 years in the cavalry at Saumur and Fontainebleau, he studied and showed extensively in dressage, stadium jumping, three day eventing and steeplechase. He taught riding in Paris at the Military School of War. Since 1978, he has given clinic throughout United States of America and Europe. His students have won year-end high-score awards in equitation, hunter classes, stadium jumping, dressage, and combined training. Since 1988, he has been a panel member of the American Riding Instructor Certification Program and in 1996 he was awarded the title of Master Instructor. He currently lives in Florida.

Table of Contents

Chapter One
Longitudinal Exercises
Exercises at the Walk
Exercises at the Trot
Exercises at the Canter
Exercises to Lengthen the Trot
Exercises to Shorten the Trot
Chapter Two
Lateral Exercises
Two Simple Exercises to Initiate the Horse to Lateral Work
Exercise One: On a Circle
Exercise Two: On a Straight Line
Goals of the Shoulder-In
Rider's Aids for the Right Shoulder-In
Two Progressive Methods to Teach the Shoulder-In, tracking right
Manège Figures to improve the horse's flexibility in performing the Shoulder-In
Suggestions by Great Masters
Historical anecdote
Chapter Three
Half-Pass (Appuyer)
Goals of the Half-Pass
Rider's Aids for the Half-Pass, traveling to the right
Teaching the Horse the Half-Pass, traveling to the right
Exercises to Develop and Improve the Half-Pass
Complementary Lateral Exercises to Improve Shoulder-In and Half-Pass
Haunches-In (Travers) and Haunches-Out (Renvers)
Goals for the Haunches-In
Rider's Aids for Haunches-In when tracking to the right
Teaching the horse Haunches-In when tracking to the right
Exercises to improve the Haunches-In when traveling to the right
Head to the Wall
Goals of the Head to the Wall Exercise
Rider's Aids for Head to the Wall
Croup to the Wall
Goals of the Croup to the Wall
Rider's Aids for Croup to the Wall
Pirouette and Counter-Pirouette
Goals of the Pirouette
Rider's Aids for a Pirouette
Exercises to Develop the Pirouette
Pirouette at the Canter
Teaching the Horse the Right Canter Pirouette
Exercises to Aid in Preparation for the Canter Pirouette
Counter Pirouette
Goals for the Counter Pirouette
Rider's Aids for a Counter Pirouette when tracking to the right
Exercises to Develop and Improve the Counter Pirouette
Chapter Four
Flying Changes of Lead
Demanding a Flying Change of Lead
Prerequisites for Teaching the Horse the Flying Change
Initiating Study of the Flying Change
Classical Methods of Teaching the Flying Change
Proven Methods to Teach the Flying Changes
Teaching the Tempe Changes of Lead
Chapter Five
The School Trot
Piaffe and Passage
The Piaffe
Rider's Aids for the Piaffe
Teaching the Piaffe
From the Ground
At the Halt
By Slowing the Walk
By Slowing the Trot
By Slowing the Passage
Exercises to Develop the Piaffe
The Passage
Rider's Aids for the Passage
Four Methods to Obtain the Passage
Obtaining More Elevation of the Limbs
Exercises to Develop the Passage
Transition from Piaffe to Passage and Passage to Piaffe
Equestrian Terms and Expressions
Equestrian Tact
Combined Effect
Long and Low
Deep and Low
History of the Third Rein

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