This long-awaited sequel to Riding Towards the Light is an absorbing biomechanical and philosophical treatise on riding and training dressage horses. Using state-of-the-art findings it debunks many commonly held dressage myths; it also explores the artistic heritage and antique techniques of classical riding which have stood the test of time.
Each chapter offer fascinating discussion on a different aspect of riding/training, with many thought provoking ideas for today’s riders. Chapters include:
Basing his theories on a study of biomechanics and rare historical literature, the author begins to point a way through some of the contradictory and confusing tenets that exist in the world of dressage today. In Exploring Dressage Technique Paul Belasik offers some refreshing new ideas and revives a few forgotten ones. This book will be welcomed by thinking riders everywhere, by those involved in the sport of dressage, and above all, by those who care deeply about horses.
"Many readers will be familiar with Paul Belasik’s enchanting and stimulating book, Riding Towards the Light (J.A. Allen 1990)…His second book is equally erudite and a must for every thinking rider… "in a thoughtful passage… Paul Belasik says it all and that is the way more and more of us who follow the classical path strive to teach and train. It is the way of Xenophon, the Greek, who always stressed the importance of freedom and pride in the horse. It is the way of the great classical riding schools of the world. I believe it is the only way forward if we are fully to eliminate abuse in all aspects of equestrianism…"
"To say that the American dressage rider and author, Paul Belasik, is well read in the art of classical riding would be a slight understatement. This scholar combined his vast knowledge of the great master's theories and his own experiences to explain some of the most common problems the advanced dressage rider comes across..."
"Through his journeys into the art of classical riding, Paul Belasik has based his theories on the study of biometrics and rare historical literature. The author begins to point a way through some of the contradictory and confusing opinions that exist in the world of dressage today."