Title: Basic Training of the Young Horse
Author: Reiner Klimke
Publisher: JA Allen (1st edition)
Topic: Training, young horses, dressage
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
My Take: This is a great overview of a method of training a young horse. Given that I am working with a 4-year-old who has had some training but not much, I wanted to read some things to help me with the long-view of the training plan. This is a fairly quick read, and has some good general points. It does not go into too much depth, but has a few suggested exercises later on in the book. It starts with a brief look at handling a foal and moves into starting horses at age 3 or 4. The main focus was on developing a calm, confident horse with good gaits. Overall, a good read with solid principles but I’m finding it doesn’t necessarily apply directly to my own work at this point.