About My New Book

Thousands of riders pursue the sport of dressage across the globe, and the majority do so on a budget and with the horse they already have, or quite simply, the one they can afford. This means riders daily face the challenge of mastering one of the world’s most esteemed equestrian pursuits on horses that may not be bred specifically for the task, or even if they have been, may not be top prospects for any number of reasons—behavioral quirks, conformational impediments, age or soundness issues, you name it.

For 35 years I had the chance to ride with many of the top American, Canadian, and European trainers. During this time, I rode and trained Thoroughbreds, Morgans, Arabians, Lippizans, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses, and Appaloosa crosses. I have ridden many very different horses in the course of my riding and training career—different sizes, shapes, colors, and breeds—and in some cases, I’ve ridden them to the highest levels of dressage competition.

I own a huge library of equestrian books. But the one thing I have discovered is that most books are written for “perfect” horses. I found that training horses was a bit experimental. The rider needs to keep in mind the horse’s physical abilities and limitations, as well as deal with her own thought processes.

So now I have compiled my best tips for training and showing the horse you have (or the horse you love, despite his “faults”) through the levels. In my book DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE, you’ll find lists of the common “imperfections and evasions” experienced when riding movements—from simple transitions and leg-yield to zig-zags, tempi changes, and piaffe—followed by training tips and creative ways to “perfect” the “imperfections.”

I hope that this book can help more of you have fun with your not-so-perfect dressage horse, every step of the way.

You can order DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE from my publisher Trafalgar Square Books’ online bookstore www.horseandriderbooks.com, where shipping in the US is always FREE.



3 thoughts on “About My New Book

  1. I bought your book at the Millbrook clinic in Utah. I got to the 4th level stuff before my yellow marker gave out. Every word is a gemstone. The practical, step-by-step “manual” leaves absolutely NO holes in the basics. I found it quite interesting to finally have every nuance of every aid for every movement finally explained. Our instructors forget or simply don’t have the time to explain the weight,leg,seat etc aids for what they ask us to do in a ride.
    This “instruction manual” gives me the luxury of reading, feeling, practicing and digesting each movement before moving on. All of a sudden the training scale makes sense. But, most importantly, Janet repeatedly reminds us to TAKE THE TIME to build the muscles and coordination in both rider and horse.

  2. I just received your book as a Christmas present…I haven’t put it down since! My grandmother (who hasn’t ridden since she was fifteen!) was fascinated! Thank you so much for this great read, I’ve ridden dressage my entire life, I think this will definitely help my horse and I with our lack of rhythm.

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