Cowboy Dressage: Riding, Training, and Competing with Kindness as the Goal and Guiding Principle
by Jessica Black (Author), with Eitan Beth-Halachmy (Contributor) & Debbie Beth-Halachmy (Contributor)
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (Nov. 20 2015)
Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.9 x 24.8 cm
Lifelong horsewoman Jessica Black traces the evolution of Cowboy Dressage back to its roots, sharing the story of Eitan and Debbie Beth-Halachmy and their phenomenal Morgan horses that have served as the movement's ambassadors. Black then expertly weaves Eitan Beth-Halachmy's experience and expertise into an engaging and articulate explanation of the philosophy of Cowboy Dressage; defines the expectations of the rider; describes what a participant needs in terms of equipment; and explores how the most important element-the horse-should be prepared. A wonderful and thorough section on groundwork, as well as specific training advice for achieving engagement, regulating the gaits, smoothing transitions, and balancing bend and straightness, get the reader started with a solid foundation. Specific descriptions of the Cowboy Dressage tests are provided, with additional tools for those interested in competition, including rules, divisions, and how to execute and judge tests.