Tag: Will Faerber’s Book Club


Will’s Faerber’s Book Club: Balancing Act

1st February

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber discusses the book “Balancing Act” by Gerd Heuschmann.



Will’s Web Club: Sustainable Dressage

8th December

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and I am here with my good buddy Legolas. I wanted to refer you to a site that I recommend all of you look at. The website is: www.sustainabledressage.net .

This website is a wonderful work of love which someone has put together with devotion to correct training. The website is full of great articles explaining all the things that you see us discussing in our videos, such as getting a horse to work over it’s back, how all the muscles in the neck and back of the horse work together or not together. She also shows several examples of good and bad development.

Once again, the website is: www.sustainabledressage.net and I highly recommend you take a look at it. She is continually building the site up all the time. This is Will Faerber from …



Art 2 Ride Book Club: 4

27th February

Hello this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and I am here with my good buddy Bailador this morning for our book club. Today I want to talk to you about the book “Training Show Jumpers” by Anthony Paalman.

Anthony Paalman was born in Holland and his education began at the Royal Dutch Calvary School. For many years he was the official national trainer and senior course designer for the Show Jumping Association for Ireland, Mexico and Switzerland. Several world and Olympic riders have been his pupils.

The reason I am showing you this book is because this man takes exactly what we do, he takes classical dressage and applies it to jumping. I have had a few people ask about what sort of devices we use, and we actually don’t use anything except side reins on our horses. Once in a while …



Will Faerber’s Book Club: If Horses Could Speak

23rd October

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and and I am here this morning with my buddy Zoolander to do another episode of our book club.

These are a couple of books that should be on every modern rider’s shelf. Starting of with “If Horses Could Speak” which is not a book but a DVD including it’s companion, the book “Tug Of War: Classical Versis Modern Dressage” by Dr. Gerd Heuschman. These books have really saved me a lot of talking because I have been teaching this style of riding of teaching horses to get correct over their back and stretch and relaxation for many many years. I was happy when I found these books because I found a veterinarian who actually explains it. There’s actually an older explanation by a veterinarian which you might want to check out as well named …



Will Faeber’s Book Club 2

19th July

Hi this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride once again and thank you for joining me for my book club! Today we want to talk about a book that I’m very excited about called “Thirty Years with Master Nuno Oliveira” by Michel Henriquet.

This is so exciting for me because it was Michel Henriquet who helped me understand what it was that Nuno was trying to do. When I was 23 in 1976, I was studying with Nuno for the first time. When I went there he had just come out of retirement after about 10 years and had nothing but young horses that he was working and all his old horses and exhibition horses were all school horses. While they were good and you could learn a lot from them, they weren’t mature horses in their prime able to do everything that they were capable …



Will Faeber’s Book Club

14th June

Good morning, this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and thanks for joining us again! I want to take a moment this morning to tell you about a book that I discovered a little while ago, that I think should be in every equestrian’s library. It’s called “Dressage Formula” by Erik Herbermann.

Erik Herbermann was a long time student of the great classical German rider Egon Von Neindorff. He grew up riding with him for many many years and has basically put his method down into a book. For those of you who don’t know who Egon Von Neindorff was, he was the top German rider for many years. He is the German equivalent to Nuno Oliveira, so to speak.

People ask me all the time why we go into these stretches and things and I just try to tell people that this …




From the Blog!

Join me as I post weekly blogs covering many topics relating to Classical Foundation Training. I have intentionally left out the word "dressage" because many people have a negative association with the prevalent "crank and spank" approach or that it is a sport for only those who are afraid to jump.

Dressage as it is meant to be is an understanding of how to best optimize a horse's movement and ability to carry a rider, surely a benefit for any horse, any discipline. It is also important in maintaining your horse's safety, soundness and sanity.

Barb and Perhaps: WDF Foundation Level 1 Test 4

Barb and Perhaps demonstrate the World Dressage Federation Foundation Level 1 Test 4 with Will’s commentary.

Amber and Legolas: WDF Foundation Level 1 Test 6

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the world dressage federation level 1 test 6. Amber and Legolas Demonstrate.

Video Critique: Julie and Barbie Submission 1

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the video sent in by Julie and gives suggestions for further improvement.

**Correction, the Clinic Will...