At MyHorse.com 10 MUST-HAVES for Every Rider’s Library
Book Number Two in their “MUST HAVE” list is… and we quote,
2. This next book pairs dressage with natural horsemanship and is called, “Bringing It Together, An Approach to a lighter and happier dressage horse.” “Bringing It Together” is written by Betty Staley, who studied under Ray Hunt, Tom Dorrance and Buck Brannaman and is prominently featured in the natural horsemanship series “7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman,” and Ellen Eckstein, who studied under the late renowned natural horsemanship trainer Tom Dorrance and who has trained and shown successfully through the Grand Prix level, earning her USDF Silver and Gold medals.
The foreword written by Buck Brannaman makes the point that is emphasized throughout the rest of this book: “Fine riding can be done regardless of your wardrobe!”
“While reading this, don’t try to reconcile some vast gulf between particular riding disciplines,” Buck writes. “Embrace the lifetime of experience Ellen and Betty are sharing, which makes all good horsemanship, a kinship.”
“Bringing It Together” is a spiral-bound book with clear instructional photographs demonstrating the concepts of dressage, from how to hold your hands to how to pick up a soft feel in order to teach your horse collection.
NOTE: “Bringing It Together” includes an instructional DVD.
Book Number Seven in the “MUST-HAVE” list is a personal favorite, too.
7. You can delight in hours and hours of Buck Brannaman’s folksy yet direct instruction in the “7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman DVD Series.” The “7 Clinics” set takes the viewer to several Buck Brannaman clinics to learn important groundwork and riding techniques, including: hooking on, leading, halter work, bridling, saddling, backing up, working in circles and half-circles, using the flag, firming up, good riding form and position, finding the release and a soft feel, attaining collection, moving off the leg, riding serpentines, “getting the life up” (finding animation), perfecting the stop, turn-on-the-haunches, transitions, jumping, and finding the feel.
In addition, Buck provides ways to solve problems, including crowding, biting, striking, fidgeting, rushing, anxiousness and sensitivity, and bad attitudes.