A personal memoir chronicling an American woman's intense year in Germany studying with the great dressage master Walter Christensen....
|Title||:||Taking Up the Reins: A Year in Germany with a Dressage Master|
|Number of Pages||:||332 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Taking Up the Reins: A Year in Germany with a Dressage Master Reviews
I really enjoyed this journey to Germany to train with a dressage riding master. Part training journal, part travel journal, this story is authentic and honest and I found myself caught up the author's adventure. Sure, I would have liked more details about what she was learning technically about riding and dressage and training her horse. But I found many gems of wisdom and perspective in what she was learning about hard work, dedication, and patience. It's so true that American culture runs counter to the ideal of patience and the bit by bit progress that happens in classical dressage training. Americans want progress NOW and it's no different today than it was decades ago when this author took her journey to Germany and when dressage was just beginning to take hold here in the United States. All too often today we see the horses suffering from being pushed and pulled into a frame, rather than taught gradually and with much patience how to carry more weight on their haunches and where the horses are given the time it takes to build the correct muscling. This book brings that important reminder that progress in dressage training (and in life!) requires hard work and patience, that there are no short cuts worth taking, that dressage riding & training correctly means learning to grow in wisdom and perspective as well as technical & physical skills. This book is all about the journey and I applaud the author's insights and willingness to share her journey with us all.
For any dressage enthusiast, this book is a wonderful account of an American being introduced to classical dressage in the 1970's. An American rider takes a year to concentrate on her dressage riding with Walter Christensen (who has trained many Olympians and professional riders). The book chronicles the ups and downs of training, the frustrations and small daily successes that all riders experience at all levels. Walter Christensen highlights the necessity for building success through the basics with an emphasis on harmony and partnership with one's horse. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any person working with horses.
Truly awesome. Another book to be housed on my read again shelves--to go to for inspiration and growth. I loved this book."Because I think of my life as one long lesson, I like to reflect on the high points--the places where learning was an experience of great intensity, fired by the inspirational passion of a unique teacher."Priscilla EndicottChapter 13--Master Teacher
A good easy read on one woman's year training in Germany.
Enjoyable read, good insights on living in Germany and studying dressage.