Recommended Reading

I wanted to share with you a couple of the wonderful books that I have read lately. Reading is such a great way to expand your knowledge. I love spending cold wintery days with a good book.

The first book is Building a Life Together by Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado. Federic and Magali were a part of the original cast of the equestrian show Cavalia. They have an amazing ability to develop incredible partnerships with their horses, most of which are stallions. In their shows they perform feats such as high school dressage, bareback and bridle-less riding, and liberty work with multiple horses at a time.

In this book, Frederic and Magali share some of the insights they have learned from the horses that they have worked with over the years. They share how the horse have truly become members of their family and how they have built such strong bonds of trust with these magnificent animals.

Frederic and Magali have another book entitled Gallop to Freedom which is also an excellent read. This book discusses their philosophy for training their horses in the lightest way possible, creating a horse that with it’s job.

The second book is Whole Heart, Whole Horse by Mark Rashid. Mark uses a series of stories about the horses he has worked with to share the lessons that he has learned about horses and about people. Some of the topics Mark discusses include preconceptions, communication, leadership, energy, trust, and softness. This book is about more than learning how to ride better. It is as much about life and love as it is about horses. If you’ve ever wanted to develop a deeper connection with your horse, this is the book for you.

Dominique Barbier has several excellent books on Classical Dressage including Dressage for the New Age, Meditation for Two, and Alchemy of Lightness. Learn how to create a horse that is balanced, relaxed, and supple whether you are riding on the trail or performing high school dressage movements.


To learn more about how to develop a better relationship with your horse, visit our website or blog, where we feature information about classical dressage and liberty training, as well as care and maintenance of the horse!

This entry was posted on January 20, 2015, in Book Reviews.

Book Review: Dressage for the New Age by Dominique Barbier

This is my all-time favorite horse training book. This book will change the way you think about riding your horse. Dominique gives simple, easy to understand instruction on how to better your relationship with your horse. This includes a discussion on the importance of meditation and visualization. Dominique also describes how to achieve lightness and true self carriage, without any special gadgets or force. I have read this book over and over, I each time I am able to take something new away from it. This book is a must read for riders of any discipline who truly love their horses and wish to learn how to better communicate with them.

This entry was posted on February 16, 2013, in Book Reviews.