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Training – Fourth Level Recommended Reading List

Required (R) and Strongly Recommended (SR)

Riding | Lungeing | Teaching

Riding

  • Principles of Riding (R) - German National Equestrian Federation
  • Advanced Techniques of Dressage (R) - German National Equestrian Federation
  • USDF Training Manual (Classical Training of the Horse) (R)
  • The Gymnasium of the Horse (R) - Gustav Steinbrecht
  • The Complete Training of Horse and Rider (R) - Alois Podhajsky
  • The Riding Teacher (R) - Alois Podhajsky
  • Thinking Riding (R) - Molly Sivewright
  • Equine Locomotion (R) - Dr. Hilary Clayton
  • Anatomy of Riding (SR) - Drs. H. & V. Schusdziarra*
    (This has been reprinted as Anatomy of Dressage with USDF as the co-publisher)
  • Balance in Movement (SR) - Suzanne Van Dietze also available in DVD
  • Practical Dressage Manual (SR) - Bengt Ljungquist
  • Dressage with Kyra - Krya Kyrklund
  • Dressage; A Guidebook for the Road to Success - Alfred Knopfhart
  • Competitive Edge II - Dr. Max Gahwyler
  • Riding Logic - Wilhelm Museler
  • Cavalletti - Ingrid & Reiner Klimke
  • The New Basic Training of the Young Horse - Ingrid & Reiner Klimke

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Lungeing

  • Lungeing (R) - German National Equestrian Federation
  • USDF Lungeing Manual (R) - USDF
  • Lungeing and Long Reining - Jenny Loriston-Clark
  • Successful Dressage, part 1 (DVD) - Jenny Loriston – Clark
  • The Art of Classical Dressage, part q1 (DVD) - Arthur Kottas

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Teaching

  • The Right Track - Sarah Venamore
  • USDF Teaching Manual (R) - USDF
  • Teaching Safe Horsemanship (R) - Jan Dawson
  • Teaching Exercises - Major Anders Lundgren
  • Effective Teaching - Eckart Meyners
  • Group Lessons – Instructor’s Handbook - British Horse Society
  • Group Lessons – Instructor’s Handbook - Monty Mortimer
  • On the Level (DVD - Current Edition) - USDF
  • Training with Kyra Kyrklund Video Series; volume 2 – The Rider’s Seat and Position - Kyra Kyrkund

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OTHER RECOMMENDED READING LIST

  • The Dressage Horse (SR) - Harry Boldt**
  • The Art of Horsemanship - Xenophon
  • USPC Manual of Horsemanship; Intermediate Horsemanship through C Level - Susan Harris
  • USPC Manual of Horsemanship: Advanced Horsemanship through B/ H-A/A Level - Susan Harris
  • USEF Rulebook (R ) - USEF
  • Program for Better Riding; Books 1-5 - Eckart Meyners
  • o On the Level (DVD - Current Edition) - USDF
  • Training with Kyra Kyrklund Video Series; volume 2 – The Rider’s Seat and Position - Kyra Kyrkund

OTHER RECOMMENDED BOOKS THAT ARE OUT OF PRINT

  • Equestrian Education *
  • Principles of Dressage*
  • Lessons on the Lunge*
  • A Dressage Judges Handbook*
  • Lungeing the Horse and Rider*
  • The Fundamentals of Dressage*
  • Horses are Made to be Horses*
  • The Essence of Horsemanship*
  • Balanced Riding*
  • Dressage Tips and Training Solutions (R)*
  • Competitive Edge I - Dr. Max Gahwyler*
  • USDF Dressage Manual*
  • Fit for Riding
  • Equestrian Education (from Teaching list)

*Currently out of Print
**Available from Knight Equestrian www.knightbooks. com

To purchase any of these books on our reading list, please visit the USDF Store online or call (859) 971-7722.

If you have any further questions, contact the Instructor/Trainer Program Liaison at (859) 971-2277 or instructorcertification@usdf.org