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Big Dee's offers a wide range of reading material for each horse discipline including, Dressage, Jumping, Western Riding, Standardbred Horses, Games on horseback and training exercises.


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Jump Course Design Manual Spiral Hardcover Book - TB
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$34.95

Jump Course Design Manual Over 100 jump courses, gymnastic exercises, and grids! By Susan D. Tinder.

An entire profession is devoted to designing and building jump courses, but now it can be a little easier to create your own show-quality course at home! This highly illustrated instruction manual explains — with the aid of hundreds of color photos, diagrams, and tables — the jump components used in different horse show divisions, how course designers select the tracks to be followed, and what factors make a course more or less difficult to ride. This book is essential for anyone who wants to better understand the concepts of course design and is a valuable training aid for those looking for inspiration when schooling or teaching riders at home.

Product Details:

  • Includes: 10 grids, 22 basic gymnastic courses, 7 advanced gymnastic courses, 30 small arena designs, 16 space-saving configurations, 15 hunter courses, 15 equitation courses, and 15 jumper courses.
  • Author: Susan D Tinder
  • Format: Spiral hardcover
  • Pages: 232
  • Illustrations: 382 color photos and illustrations
 
How to Speak Horse Harcover Book - TB
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$15.95

How to Speak Horse A Horse-Crazy Kid's Guide to Reading Body Language, Understanding Behavior, and "Talking Back" with Simple Groundwork Lessons (ages 6-10) by Andrea & Markus Eschback.

Horses have their very own language — they communicate with the movement of their body, their expression, and the distance they close, maintain, or increase between them and an object or person of interest. This language is integral to understanding their behavior and how to train them — the ability to recognize fear, frustration, willingness, and happiness is important to a handler's safety and success, on the ground and in the saddle.

Now horse trainers Andrea and Markus Eschbach have created easy lessons in "horse speak" for horse-crazy kids. Their book, chock full of beautiful color photographs, explains the basics of horse body language and how to "talk back." With a focus on groundwork that is safe and fun for children, this lovely book offers a one-of-a-kind introduction to the keys to natural horsemanship and how good communication can keep you safe in everything you do with your horse

Product Details:

  • Author: Andrea & Markus Eschback
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 32
  • Illustrations: 104 color photos
 
Horse Hollow Press All In One Drawing Kit - TB
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$19.95

Horse Hollow Press All In One Drawing Kit includes everthing an budding artist will need to show off his or her creativity. Pencils, drawing paper, an instructions included in kit. Perfect gift for your equestrian artist no matter the age from kids to adults.

Product Details:

  • Pencils: 1 each ( 2B, 4B, 6B)
  • Sketch Pad
  • Book: Anyone Can draw Horses
  • Artist: June Evers
 
Collective Remarks Paperback Book - TB
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$27.95

Collective Remarks A Journey through the American Dressage Evolution: Where It’s Been, Where We Are, and Where We Need to Be by Anne Gribbons. World renowned dressage judge and former US Olympic coach Anne Gribbons has had the unique experience of living the trajectory of the dressage evolution in the United States. A native of Sweden, Anne has been active in the US dressage scene since 1972, when dressage in this country was in its infancy. She has trained and shown sixteen of her own horses to Grand Prix, nine of which were long-listed for the United States Equestrian Team, and one of which—Metallic—was on the Olympic bronze-medal-winning dressage team in Atlanta under current US Dressage Team Technical Advisor Robert Dover.

Product Details:

  • Author: Anne Gribbons
  • Paperback Pages: 376
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Centered Riding  Book 1 - TB
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$22.95

Centered Riding 1 by Sally Swift

Widely known for her innovative teaching philosophy stressing body awareness, the value of "soft eyes," proper breathing, centering, and balance, Sally Swift has been a pioneering riding instructor for half a century. Unlike traditional teachers, Sally Swift does not believe in forced training techniques that cause stiff bodies and tense riding. Instead, through the use of vivid, unusual, and highly creative images that transcend mechanics, plus a thorough knowledge of human and equine anatomy, this wise and inspiring teacher enables the conscientious equestrian to reassess habitual responses, in order to ride in natural positions, break through frustrating plateaus, and achieve ever-rising goals with comfort, vitality, and precision.

Precise illustrations and photographs never before used in riding books explain anatomy and image work to give mind and body new and relaxed approaches to the inner process of riding. Centered Riding is for those with little experience all the way up to world class.

About the Author:

Sally Swift is world-renowned as the founder of Centered Riding® and has been leading a revolution in rider awareness for the past 20 years. Many of her groundbreaking techniques for riders are drawn from her use of the Alexander Technique, the study of anatomy, and other bodywork methods used for her own physical therapy to treat scoliosis. The book Centered Riding first took the horse world by storm in 1985 with innovative ideas such as building blocks, soft eyes, centering, and breathing.

Product Details:

  • Author: Sally Swift
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • Illustrations: 187 b/w illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780312127343
 
The Compassionate Equestrian by Dr Allen Schoen - TB
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$24.95

The Compassionate Equestrian by Dr Allen Schoen and Susan Gordon

This unique collaboration between Dr. Allen Schoen a world-renowned veterinarian and author and trainer and competitor of many years Susan Gordon, introduces the 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation. These Principles are a set of developmental guidelines, encouraging a level of personal awareness that may be enacted not only through the reader's engagement with horses, but can be extended to all humans and sentient beings he or she encounters.

Includes a collection of over 60 years of cumulative experience between the trainer and veterinarian. Throughout each of the examples is the discussion and realization of horse's prolonged state of suffering that is often overseen, and the root cause of that suffering, whether physical pain or mental distress, may be directly or indirectly related to approaches to riding and training. 

By developing compassion and applying thePrinciples of Compassionate Equitation to their own lives the horse-person will reach a new paradigm of caring and expanded awareness in their chosen training and handling methods. This is not a book about training methods, per se, but rather, a guide for personal development and growth as an equestrian, and tools for expanding compassionate awareness and practices to the "Global Herd." Important options are offered that help each and every horse-person acquire the skills for mentoring others in helping the entire equestrian industry rise to new standards of welfare. 

Product Details:

  • Paperback
  • 422 pages

 

 
Dressage for Jumpers DVD - TB
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$39.95

Dressage for Jumpers by George Morris "A Schooling Session with the Master".

Join George Morris, former Chef d’Equipe of the US Show Jumping Team, as he demonstrates his favorite dressage exercises as they apply to jumping sports. In this schooling session, George uses his system of training on the flat and over fences to produce a relaxed, supple, and attentive equine partner.

Product Details:

  • DVD
  • George Morris
  • Run Time 38 minutes
 
Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse Hardcover Book - TB
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$32.95

Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse.

Riding Through the Levels on the Peculiar, Opinionated, Complicated Mounts We All Love. Tens of thousands of riders pursue the sport of dressage in North America, and the majority do so on a budget and with the horse they already have — or quite simply, the one they can afford. This means riders are facing the challenge of mastering one of the world's most esteemed equestrian events on horses that may not be bred specifically for the task, or even if they have been, may not be top prospects for any number of reasons.

International dressage judge, clinician, and riding coach Janet Foy has ridden many different horses--- different size, colors, and breeds — to the highest levels of dressage competition, and now she has compiled her best tips for training and showing in one highly enjoyable book. Her expertise, good stories and good humor are destined to bring out the best in dressage riders and their "not-so-perfect" horses everywhere.

Product Details:

  • Author: Janet Foy
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 192
  • Illustrations: 100 color photos
 
Dressage Q&A with Janet Foy - TB
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$24.95

Dressage Q&A with Janet Foy. USEF "S" and FEI 4* Dressage Judge Janet Foy issued an invitation to the dressage population: “Ask me your toughest dressage questions; ask me about the things about riding, training, and competing that you just don’t understand; or, just ask me the questions you’re always afraid to ask because you don’t want to look like you don’t know what you’re doing!”

The result was an outpouring of queries, from riders at every level, and from both those who just ride for fun as well as those who show.

Product Details:

  • Readers find no-nonsense answers to everything from understanding how horses learn the movements to really “getting” the importance of the outside rein to gaining coordination and achieving “throughness.”
  • Paperback 152 Pages
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Dressage Solutions A Riders Guide Hardcover Book - TB
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$39.95

Dressage Solutions A Rider's Guide by Arthur Kottas. A practical and comprehensive guide for dressage riders. It covers those important early years where there should be both trust and respect between the horse and rider – without which no good riding can result. Lungeing, backing, and the rider’s seat are discussed in depth with particular emphasis given to early training and lateral work. A problems and answers section at the end of each chapter looks at solutions for both horse and rider. Dressage Solutions is an invaluable dressage guide for both intermediate and advanced riders.

Product Details:

  • Illustrated throughout with photographs and diagrams to show correct examples and faults.
  • Author: Arthur Kottas
  • Harcover Book
  • Pages: 208
  • Illustrations: color photos and black and white illustrations
 
Dressage with Mind Body and Soul Paperback Book - TB
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$34.95

Dressage with Mind, Body and Soul by Linda Tellington-Jones.
A 21st Century Approach to the Science and Spirituality of Riding and Horse-and-Rider Well-Being

Linda Tellington-Jones has worked with top dressage competitors and horses from all over the world during the course of her amazing career, which now spans more than 40 years. Through the Tellington Method, Linda has provided tools riders and trainers can use to better a horse's attentionspan and ability to learn; surmount behavioral and training challenges; improve flexibility, balance, and way-of-going; and recover from injury or illness.

In the pages of this very unique book, Linda combines her understanding of horses, her world famous TTouch bodywork, her proven groundwork techniques, and her innovative methods under saddle with exciting ideas specifically for the dressage rider and trainer. Her intriguing ways of looking at the Classical Training Scale, her tips for harnessing the power of intent, and the guiding principles in her Circle of Well-Being provide desperately needed keys to keeping dressage horses happy, healthy, and performing their best.

To demonstrate how the Tellington Method can be practically applied to the dressage horse, Linda shares more than 20 problem-solving stories, featuring the world-class riders, trainers, and horses with whom she has worked. In addition, she includes techniques to help riders improve their ability to focus, cultivate habits of observation and patience, and practice the arts of understanding and thankfulness with both their horse and other human beings.

Product Details:

  • Author: Linda Tellington-Jones
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 296
  • Illustrations: 182 color photos, 43 diagrams
 
Fine Riding by Uta Graf and Christopher Hess - TB
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$45.00

Fine Riding by Uta Graf and Christopher Hess DVD

At a seminar for private members of the German National Equestrian Federation, Uta Graf and German National Equestrian Federation training ambassador Christoph Hess show how anyone can achieve a fine, classical riding style on motivated horses. A practical demonstration with horses of different ages and at different levels of training.

About the Author:

Uta Graf twice won the coveted Stensbeck Award from the German National Federation for showing great promise as a rider, teacher, and trainer, completing her early training with renowned Dutch Olympic medalist Ellen Bontje and German coach Conrad Schumacher. She and her partner Stefan Schneider then established their training facility Gut Rothenkircherhof in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany, in 1999 and have trained horses from youngsters to Grand Prix ever since.

In 2004, Graf competed at the German Championships and won the bronze medal behind well-known German team riders Hubertus Schmidt and Rudolf Zeilinger. For several years she has coached the German Paralympic Dressage Team, including Paralympic champion Britta Näpel and World Champion Dr. Angelika Trabert. Graf's Holsteiner stallion, Le Noir, propelled her into the limelight with tremendous success at Grand Prix and high scores at the most prestigious international dressage competitions, including Wiesbaden and Aachen. With her cheerful nature and wild hair, Graf's signature at competitions, clinics, and demonstrations is her beautifully ridden, content, and satisfied horses, gaining respect worldwide. The dressage scene”often perceived as strict and very serious seems to find her, and her horses, refreshingly different!

Product Details:

  • DVD Run time: 43 minutes
 
Games for Kids on Horseback Hardcover Book - TB
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$15.95

Games for Kids on Horseback 16 Ideas for Fun & Safe Horseplay by Gabriele Karcher. From riding lessons to club events, the 16 games collected in this entertaining and safety-conscious book provide hours of enjoyment for young riders and their horses. It includes classic games that have been played in 4-H and United States Pony Clubs groups for decades: egg-and-spoon, sit-a-buck, breakaway, and musical chairs, among others. The games are ideal ways to build horsemanship and reinforce specific riding skills, such as starting and stopping, mounting and dismounting, balance, and steering—all while having fun with horses and friends. Ages 6-10

Product Details:

  • Author: Gabriele Karcher
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 32
  • Illustrations: 54 color photos
 
Good Horse Bad Habits Paperback Book - TB
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$24.95

Good Horse, Bad Habits: Practical Solutions to Problem Behavior in the Barn, under Saddle, and out in the World

A go-to manual for any horse owner, this book addresses a range of equine behavioral problems, from the mildrefusing to stand still or tail rubbing, for example to the severe, such as rearing under saddle or attacking other horses. With topics broken into four main categories bad habits in the stable, correcting ground manners, problems under saddle, and the reluctant traveler noted rancher and equine author Heather Smith Thomas dissects each topic by addressing the source of the problem, providing solutions to the behavioral issue, and discussing what to do if the fix doesn’t stick.

About the Author:

Heather Smith Thomas is the author of 20 books and thousands of articles on animal health care. She and her husband Lynn Thomas have been raising beef cattle and horses on their ranch in central Idaho since 1967.

Product Details:

  • Author Heather Smith Thomas
  • Format: Paperback
  • Total Page Count: 320
  • ISBN: 978-1-57076-621-3
 
Jane Savoies Dressage 101 Paperback Book - TB
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$34.95

Jane Savoie's Dressage 101 The Ultimate Source of Dressage Basics in a Language You Can Understand

Uses a simple, riddle-free system of training that places a high priority on the horse's physical and mental well-being. Beginning with the three golden rules of dressage training, clarity, consistency, and kindness, Jane Savoie walks you through her four stages of dressage education. A world-renowned rider, trainer, and clinician, she was the reserve rider for the 1992 U.S. Olympic dressage team. In 1996 and 2004, Savoie was the dressage coach for the Canadian Olympic eventing team.

Editorial Reviews:

"This massive book doesn't merely provide tips for success, but rather a whole plan for how to develop your dressage skills and your horse's performance from beginning to end." Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar (August 30, 2011)

"Clear and concise, Dressage 101 gives you the basic tools to communicate with your horse and develop his body and movements. Whether you plan to continue your dressage schooling or you're heading for the nearest hunter ring or cross-country course, the book will help you and your horse get there with grace, beauty and athleticism." Practical Horseman

Product Details:

  • Author: Jane Savoie
  • Format: Paperback
  • 488 pages
  • Illustrations: 310 color photos, 275 drawings
 
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