Lori's Library of Horse Books
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About Lori's Library

While your real horse education happens with the horses, a whole lot can be learned from a good book. I love reading, and especially love reading about horses. With it being so easy to order books over the Internet, a true wealth of information is readily available. The downside of that is the cliché is right -- you can't always judge a book by its cover.

Often I wish I knew more about a book that looks promising before I lay down my credit card. What I really want to find out is what other horse people think of it. Some of the book-selling web sites offer reviews but often they are simply provided by the publisher, or not available for the particular book I am interested in. In that spirit, I am passing on my reviews of the horse books in my library.

I've provided links for each of the books I've reviewed to allow you to buy that book on the amazon.com web site, or amazon.ca for Canadian readers. And, all of these books are really in my personal library, meaning I own them and have read them all.

I welcome your opinions, comments, and suggestions about my library. Feel free to email me at lori@bluebirdlane.com.

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     The Simplicity of Dressage
The Simplicity of Dressage
Johann Hinnemann, Coby Van Baalen, Claartje Van Andel
Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2003
ISBN 1570762619

The title of this book just jumped out at me, and made me want to find out more. "The Simplicity of Dressage" -- huh?! Some days I think I have faced no greater challenge, no bigger growth opportunity than the learning of dressage riding. But author Coby Van Baalen explains the title this way: "It's not because dressage is so simple to do, but because dressage is simple to explain. Regardless of which level one rides, the basics are always the same." Aaah, so true. Training -- or "schooling" as the authors prefer to call it -- always comes down to working on and perfecting the six central basic concepts. More >>