The Training Spiral: Traditional Methods Reimagined for the 21st-Century Horse and Rider (Hardcover)

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The Training Spiral: Traditional Methods Reimagined for the 21st-Century Horse and Rider (Hardcover)


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Engaging new ways to understand and implement time-proven systems
of horse training.

The "Scales of Training," "Training Scale," and "Training Pyramid"
are familiar terms to riders. Around the globe and across disciplines,
equestrians hear reference to them or study them as a part of their equestrian
education. Dressage rider and trainer Sue Grice grew up with these concepts,
too, and like many, found them to be not only fairly boring, but also confusing
when it came to actually implementing them as part of daily training. In the
course of her work with other riders, she came to realize that although many seemed
to know about the Scales of Training in theory, few actually applied
them in practice. Grice determined that this was because there was really
no clear framework or methodology for implementing the system in a progressive

So Grice conceived a new approach based on the standard but with a
focus on a better rate of success. Success could be achieved when the rider was
engaged with the system and understood how to continually adhere to it, even as
advances (or falters) might occur. For over 30 years she has continued to
develop and apply her ideas, and now she has finally brought them together to
share with the world in this book.

Here readers find a detailed plan for applying what Grice calls
the "Training Spiral." She does not try to rewrite what history has shown to
work in the development of the riding horse, but instead simply provides a
fresh framework that enables riders and trainers to:

- Apply the classical elements of the
Training Scale in a more progressive and logical manner, and,

- Employ them systematically within
daily training as well as over a longer period of time.

Grice provides clear explanations of how to use each of the six elements
(Rhythm, Suppleness, Contact, Impulsion,
Straightness, and Collection), how the elements are to be used
in order, and what can go wrong if they are applied in the wrong order.
Clear examples are given at all levels of training, and detailed case studies
demonstrate how the Training Spiral can succeed where traditional systems have
failed. The spiral structure provides a means of
applying the Scales of Training in practice that is not just logical but also
extremely easy to follow. The clarity of Grice's approach also helps horses
understand what is being asked of them, leading to a happier relationships
between horses and riders, and training that progresses more quickly and easily

The Training Spiral is an invaluable and immensely
practical guide for trainers and riders at all levels, from novice to advanced.
Sue Grice has a PhD in e-learning and is a UKCC (United Kingdom Coaching Certificate) Level 3 Dressage Specific Coach, British Dressage Accredited Coach, and British Horse Society Professional Accredited Coach. She has over 35 years of experience teaching, working, and competing in the equine industry. She has trained a variety of horses and riders in a wide range of disciplines, including dressage, eventing, driving, and natural horsemanship. Grice has a passion for coaching riders of all levels, no matter how big or small their ambitions. She believes that any horse or rider has the potential to "go farther" and taps a wealth of training tips and techniques to help the less "conventional" dressage horse succeed. Grice currently competes two horses at FEI Level, including a traditional gypsy cob named Frodo who was triple Scottish champion in 2019 at Prix St. Georges, Intermediate I, and Intermediate I Freestyle ( She resides in Forres, Moray, Scotland.

Product Details ISBN: 9781646011278
ISBN-10: 1646011279
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Publication Date: April 18th, 2023
Pages: 168
Language: English