“… None of the positions, controls, or exercises that I discuss in this book did I invent myself. They are, rather, a sifting and sorting of what I’ve learned in the many years I’ve appreciated good style and its origins from watching successful participants and their working methods.
Books are often ridiculed as a means of teaching riding and this attitude has always mystified me. Regardless of the subject of study, books can effectively give you the benefit of someone else’s experience. By taking advantage of another’s knowledge through books as well as personal instruction, you can stimulate your learning abilities and more quickly consolidate your technical security.
Therefore I suggest you read. Perhaps you are a complete beginner or perhaps you are a show-ring rider in need of a bit more polish. You might even be an accomplished, professional instructor going stale for want of new ideas and approaches to old-hat subjects. No matter what your status, you really cannot go wrong in trying someone else’s solution to a problem that bothers you. You will benefit whether the method succeeds or fails, and have seen for yourself how well or otherwise it works. And let’s hope the reading and trying prove fun in the process, too!”