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Free excerpt from Xenophon Press' reprint of Mark Russell's opus, LESSONS IN LIGHTNESS

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Free excerpt from Xenophon Press' reprint of Mark Russell's opus, LESSONS IN LIGHTNESS

"Yielding the Chest The purpose of engagement, whether in the forward gaits or in rein-back, is to rebalance the horse to lighten the front end. The phrase “yielding the chest” describes the ultimate lightening of the shoulder as the old masters envisioned it.Some horses, through breeding or natural athleticism, will naturally—or through discovery—lift the chest to increase engagement. Other horses can be taught the yield once they have sufficient strength to hold the additional change in balance.Keep in mind that horses can lighten to the aids and perform well in every aspect of this training program without ever discovering this...

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Divide and Conquer Book 1 by Francois Lemaire de Ruffieu

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Divide and Conquer Book 1 by Francois Lemaire de Ruffieu

Excerpt from Francois Lemaire de Ruffieu's new book: Divide and Conquer Book 1: Fundamentals of Dressage (hardcover) "Counter-canter The horse is said to be at the counter-canter when he is cantering on the right lead while tracking left or on the left lead tracking right. The advantages of the counter-canter study are listed below. • To confirm the stability and the tempo of the canter on both leads, • To confirm the horizontal balance, i.e. equal weight distribution among the four legs. • To straighten the horse who has a tendency to canter sideways, i,e haunches deviating toward the lead direction. • To amplify the...

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Piero Santini :Take Two

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Piero Santini :Take Two

The second book by Piero Santini, The Forward Impulse is back in print thanks to Xenophon Press. The author describes in simple language how to balance the horse through engagement of the haunches, enlightened use of the seat, and conscientious elasticity of the hand. Not one in a hundred riders has access to the kind of teaching that focuses on controlled energy of the haunches. This book puts the focus where it belongs: first on the engine; then, on the system of aids that manages that power to create an opportunity for the horse to express himself with magnificent gaits.  The...

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The de Nemethy Method: Classic Show Jumping BACK IN PRINT

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The de Nemethy Method: Classic Show Jumping BACK IN PRINT

True to our mission of bringing back the classics, we were able to secure the print rights for this text. A fabulous read, not just for the Show Jumper, but for the dressage enthusiast. Grounded in Hungarian equestrian tradition, Mr. de Nemethy brought his unique gift of motivating riders to the USA and achieved unprecedented success as the official coach of the US team for 25 years from 1955-1980.  If you are not familiar with this genius, treat yourself to a copy. And through our global distribution system, the book is thankfully available on 5 continents for local or free...

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1000 Facebook Likes !

Thank you to all of our loyal fans and reader/viewers !  We just reached our 1000th like on https://www.facebook.com/XenophonPress/ We have a few less followers on Twitter, help us by following our Twitter page @XenophonPress https://twitter.com/xenophonpress Thank you again!

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