Cowboy Dressage Explained
Cowboy Dressage: Riding, Training, and Competing with Kindness as the Goal and Guiding Principle, by Jessica Black with Eitan and Debbie BethHalachmy (Trafalgar Square Books), traces the evolution of Cowboy Dressage back to its roots, sharing
® the story of Eitan and Debbie BethHalachmy and their phenomenal Morgan horses that have served as the movement’s ambassadors.
Black provides an engaging and articulate explanation of the philosophy of Cowboy Dressage; expectations of the rider; what a participant needs in terms of equipment; and how to prepare your horse. A section on ground work, as well as specific training advice for achieving engagement, regulating gaits, smoothing transitions, and balancing bend and straightness, get the reader started with a solid foundation.
Then specific descriptions of the Cowboy Dressage tests and “court” — the training area designated for practicing the tests — are provided, with additional tools for those interested in competition, including rules, divisions, and how to execute and judge tests. (For more about Cowboy Dressage, see page 28.) Cost: $29.95. Contact: www.EquineNetworkStore. com. — Jenny Sullivan, The Trail Rider