The Seven Deadly Sins Of Dressage
The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage was the most checked out book of our library atThe Florida Dressage Experience Program in 2014. Our trainers/riders found it articulate and thought provoking. In order to be successful trainers/riders must understand themselves as well as their mounts. Douglas Puterbaugh's practical training suggestions coupled with a deep understanding of human nature make this a “must read” for aspiring rider/trainers! Definitely in the “I couldn’t put it down category!"
“After reading this book you will feel inspired to do better, and will be aware of bad energies and habits that may have crept into your riding spirit. A truly good book. Highly recommend this, not just for dressage folks either. It applies in great part to all riders.” — The Horse Studio
I love this book. Read it to unlock your potential as a rider and trainer. So much food for thought. If you ride you will find yourself saying “Amen, brother.” Should go on the required reading list for USDF Instructor/Trainers. It also makes you want to go have a lesson with Douglas Puterbaugh, except that he lives and trains in Michigan!
I just wanted to add that the news is spreading about this book. Chatter amongst trainers and USDF Instructors. If you train or teach you really MUST read this. If you don’t see some of your own errors, you won’t miss the ones you see your peers making! (:
-Karen McGoldrick author of ”The Dressage Chronicles”
e of the many reasons why I love bringing you Tack and Talk, is that when I do the research I learn something new. There are so many horsemen contributors that are passionate about horses with so much knowledge, willing to share this wealth of information, it amazes me.
Such is the case with this current book review, The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage. Now, I know many of you will disregard this read because you think it’s just another how-to-ride-dressage book. But it is much more than that…it is a guide to understanding first how a horse naturally interprets what you do and how it affects him and an introspective look at yourself!
What are the deadly sins: Ignorance, Timidity, Pride, Fear, Impatience, Anger and Immoderation. This book shows how each cause riding problems. Even if you are not guilty of any of them, there is incredible wisdom presented within these pages, and each chapter is well worth the read.
This book contains excellent, large photos of riders, horses at liberty and old-time masters. The photos are outstanding.
Author Douglas Puterbaugh says he’s seen many riders who “think of dressage mainly in terms of technique.” Those students expect a specific how-to answer when they ask, “what am I doing wrong?” They don’t understand “it’s not so much a question of what one does, but the way one does it.” A quote from Waldemar Seunig within the book.
The bottom line is that while this book is dressage oriented, it is a good book for anyone who owns a horse no matter the discipline who want to overcome the natural human emotions that get in the way of communicating with your horse. You won’t be disappointed.
-New Book review from Tack and Talk: March 29, 2013
Please recall that we met at the MI Grass Lakes Horse Show at the end of August. I am the mutual friend of Charles De Kunffy.
First, thank you for taking the time and effort to write a book to address the vices of the human factor in Dressage. It was long overdue and hopefully, will raise awareness and attention to these barriers to true harmony. It was wonderful that you quoted Charles and included one of his many books in your Recommended Reading and Bibliography Section. I love your references to the Masters and encouragement and responsibility to educate ourselves through reading as well as riding!
Although replete with messages, your focus upon lifelong learning and the importance of the solid trainer is an imperative and critical message of the book. Also, these magical creatures are often mistreated in subtle ways. I have personally witnessed misdirected emotion and anger in the Dressage world and pray that this manifestation which dwells in "the bosom of fools" (Einstein) is lessened.
Certainly, I am not exempt from manifestations of the Seven Deadly Sins. "Let she who is sinless cast the first stone!" Your book does provide ample encouragement for personal honesty and reflection. I have learned in recent years that it is the joy of the journey and not the destination of dressage that is the worthy pursuit. Thank you for validating that learning for me.
Also, I love the dedication to Tamara and many of the wonderful pictures you did include. My favorite of you is on page 145 where you are rewarding your horse on the buckle! A picture of true happiness and relaxation!
Thank you again for this lovely book. I plan to include it on my suggested dressage reading list for dressage minds along with Charles, Zettl and Podhajsky! Quite grand company you keep!
I trust our paths shall cross again in the future. I will keep posted on the events at your Howell facility as well.
My best to lovely Tamara and of course, lil Solli.
P.S., The picture below is of my dog, Rexton and the lovely and talented Arabella. She is the Grand Prix Schoolmaster (from Heather Blitz) who is humbling me each day as I earn the right to ride her in Harmony. You will also note the name of my dressage LLC is Harmony Horsing!
-Regina M. Sacha-Ujczo
FEI dressage trainer/rider Yvonne Barteau with Douglas Puterbaugh, author of THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF DRESSAGE
The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage is a unique and special book. I am a collector of equine literature for many years and this book has earned a spot on the "top shelf" In my library. I have recommended it to all of my students as a must read and will continue to do so. Douglas Puterbaugh covers vital and important rider information, in an entertaining, engaging and compelling manner.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage is a beautiful book! I found it to be layered with wisdom in a way that sticks to the ribs – like a good bowl of oatmeal or stew. I would recommend having your own copy- I thought maybe I would just borrow it, and after reading it, I wanted everyone I knew to read it, and I lent my copy out, but it's the kind of book you want to pick up again. There is a lot of wisdom within to "chew on" and although the content has been very memorable, I thoroughly enjoy re-referencing it – it's literally nourishing for the soul. The effect is a book that unlocks the rider's mind to look beyond the mechanics of good dressage, and by examining oneself it transcends to the betterment of the horse, and through that process, better riding.
SOUL FOOD, DECEMBER 3, 2012