The Reading Room

All books are of use to the very advanced rider who has had great practice in riding, so that he can pick out the good advice, using it profitably, while knowing which parts to discard.

Above all, it is necessary to ride often, while not entirely allowing the books to gather dust on the shelves.


Nuno Oliveira, Reflections on Equestrian Art

I was raised with a love of books. To this day, I can’t resist adding to my library, even as the internet has exploded with vast amounts of knowledge. I frequently see people on social media asking for recommendations on books to add to their library. On this page I will list some of the books from my library that I think are worth owning. As I have time I will add write-ups of those books, to give more insight into their value.

If you have any favorite texts on horses that I have missed, please share them in the comments below. I might have missed adding it, or I might not have it yet. Always happy to add to my library!

My Favorites

  • A Horseman’s Notes, Erik Herbermann
  • Balancing Act: The Horse in Sport, an Irreconcilable Conflict?, Dr. Gerd Heuschmann
  • Dressage in Harmony, Walter Zettl
  • Horse Brain, Human Brain: The Neuroscience of Horsemanship, Janet L. Jones
  • Riding Logic, W. Museler

Other Notable Titles

  • Academic Dressage, General Decarpentry
  • Anatomy of Dressage, Heinrich and Volker Schusdziarra
  • Advanced Techniques of Riding, German National Equestrian Federation (try to get an older version, 1990s or earlier)
  • Dressage, Henry Wynmalen
  • Dressage for the 21st Century, Paul Belasik
  • Horsemanship, A Comprehensive Book on Training the Horse and Its Rider, Waldemar Seunig
  • Practical Dressage Manual, Bengt Lungquist
  • The Art of Classical Horsemanship, Egon von Neindorff
  • The Complete Training of Horse and Rider, Alois Podhajsky
  • The Gymnasium of the Horse, Gustav Steinbrecht
  • The Principles of Riding, German National Equestrian Federation
  • The Riding Teacher, Alois Podhajsky
  • The Truth About Horses, Andrew McLean
  • Tug of War: Classical Vs. Modern Dressage, Dr. Gerd Heuschmann

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