How To Dressage Training Books, Workbooks, and Planners

We have created a range of expert dressage books and training diaries aimed at helping you develop your dressage skills along the correct lines.

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Training and Exercise Books

Understanding and Using The Dressage Scales of Training: For Every Horse, at Every Level, During Every Dressage Movement. Including Exercises.

Many riders brush over the training scales without taking the time to understand them fully, and although the scales may not be as attention-grabbing as other dressage topics, they are the most crucial when it comes to your success.

Within this book, we take you through each scale in-depth, detailing what it is, how to achieve it, and how all the scales work together to create a logical and systematic framework for training the equine athlete. We have also included a range of practical exercises for you to ride at home and show you how to use the scales for warming-up and troubleshooting.

Focusing on these fundamentals throughout all of your training will give you the best hope of creating a willing and happy partnership with a horse that will stay healthy and sound over a long-ridden career, ultimately leading to greater achievements.

How To Dressage (Book 1): Simple 'How-To' Guides Breaking Down Dressage Movements, Helping You Avoid Costly Mistakes & Fix Common Problems

A collection of short, easy-to-read articles to help make the complexities of dressage easier to understand.

HowToDressage.com has worked with a team of British Dressage judges and Grand Prix riders to outline the principles of dressage, illustrate correct training, and break down dressage movements.

Learn how to:

  • Ride dressage movements
  • Avoid costly mistakes
  • Fix common problems
  • Improve your riding
  • Increase your scores
  • Move up the levels

NOTE: This book has been removed from sale while we update and expand it. We're aiming to release the new version at the end of 2024.

The BIG Book of Dressage Exercises: 190+ Flatwork, Schooling, Dressage and Pole Exercises and training workbook.

  • Over 40 floorplans & 190 dressage exercises (inc. pole exercises)
  • Never get stuck riding around the edge of the arena again!
  • All floorplans have both 20x40 and 20x60 diagrams
  • Space to take notes and keep track of your progress
  • Directives and tips sharing what judges are looking for
  • Exercises to suit a variety of levels with space to modify and make your own

The Pocket Book of Dressage Exercises: 30 Customizable Dressage Exercises to Suit All Training Levels in a Compact Pocket-Sized Book

When riding in a bare dressage area, it can be very easy to get stuck trotting around the outside track, repeating the same exercises and patterns over and over again.

To help you spice things up a bit, we have put together 30 dressage exercises complete with diagrams and examples of how you can vary the exercises to meet your horse’s level of training.

…and since this book is pocket-sized, you can take it with you wherever you go!

Racehorse to Dressage Horse: How to Buy, Re-train, and Compete Your Off-The-Track Thoroughbred Successfully in Dressage

We are not exaggerating when we say that these horses can turn their hoof to almost any discipline after they have retired from racing. Our specialty is dressage (the clue is in our name!), so that is what we are going to be focusing on in this book.

But even if you have plans to showjump, event, show, or do anything else with your off-the-track thoroughbred, the training outlined in these pages will give you the tools that you need to form a solid training foundation on which you can build.


Test Analysis

Dressage Performance Analysis: Record and Evaluate Your Dressage Tests Results, Identify Ways to Increase Your Scores, and Improve Your Future Competition Performances.

Record and review:

  • Dressage test details
  • Collectives, errors & penalty scores
  • Judge details & comments
  • Personal bests
  • Warm-up notes
  • Highest scoring movements
  • Lowest scoring movements
  • Quick improvements
  • Long-term improvements
  • PLUS MORE!


Test Planners

20x40 Dressage Test Planner: Create Your Own Dressage Exercises, Choreograph Dressage to Music Floorplans, and Learn Your Dressage Tests
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20x40 Dressage Test Planner: Create Your Own Dressage Exercises, Choreograph Dressage to Music Floorplans, and Learn Your Dressage Tests

The book consists of over 750 blank 20x40 arena diagrams, each with its own space for notes.

Draw out your floorplan on the diagrams and use the note space to record the pace, transitions, and other dressage movements.

A great tool to help you create your own dressage floorplans, choreograph dressage to music routines, and to help you memorize your dressage tests.

20x60 Dressage Test Planner: Create Your Own Dressage Exercises, Choreograph Dressage to Music Floorplans, and Learn Your Dressage Tests

The book consists of over 750 blank 20x60 arena diagrams, each with its own space for notes.

Draw out your floorplan on the diagrams and use the note space to record the pace, transitions, and other dressage movements.

A great tool to help you create your own dressage floorplans, choreograph dressage to music routines, and to help you memorize your dressage tests.


Diaries & Journals

QUESTION – What’s the difference between the diaries?

ANSWER – All of the diaries are very similar. After all, your horse requires the same care regardless of the discipline you choose to compete in.

The main difference can be found in the Competition Results section which is tailored to record the results for your chosen discipline.

For example, the Eventing Training Diary allows you to record dressage penalties, cross country jump penalties, cross country time penalties, etc. Whereas the Dressage Training Diary allows you to record your score, collectives, and percentage.

The only exception is the Equestrian Training Diary which is designed to record results from multiple disciplines. This diary is designed for riders that like to do a bit of everything.

The Ultimate Dressage Training Diary: Manage Your Horse's Care, Document Your Riding Lessons, Set Focused Goals, and Track Your Competition Results in this ALL-IN-ONE Dressage Performance Diary
The only diary you need to help you take care of your horse, achieve your training goals, and be successful in the dressage arena.

  • Designed for up to 2 horses
  • Manage your horse's care
  • Document lessons
  • Competition results
  • Undated 52-week diary
  • Performance goals
  • Motivational quotes

The Ultimate Equestrian Training Diary: Manage Your Horse's Care, Document Your Riding Lessons, Set Focused Goals, and Track Your Competition Results in this ALL-IN-ONE Equestrian Performance Diary

The only diary you need to help you take care of your horse, achieve your training goals, and be successful in the competition arena.

  • Designed for up to 2 horses
  • Manage your horse's care
  • Document lessons
  • Competition results
  • Undated 52-week diary
  • Performance goals
  • Motivational quote

The Ultimate Eventing Training Diary: Manage Your Horse's Care, Document Your Riding Lessons, Set Focused Goals, and Track Your Competition Results in this ALL-IN-ONE Eventers Performance Diary

The only diary you need to help you take care of your horse, achieve your training goals, and be successful in the competition arena.

  • Designed for up to 2 horses
  • Manage your horse's care
  • Document lessons
  • Competition results
  • Undated 52-week diary
  • Performance goals
  • Motivational quote

The Ultimate Showjumping Training Diary: Manage Your Horse's Care, Document Your Riding Lessons, Set Focused Goals, and Track Your Competition Results in this ALL-IN-ONE Showjumping Performance Diary

The only diary you need to help you take care of your horse, achieve your training goals, and be successful in the showjumping arena.

  • Designed for up to 2 horses
  • Manage your horse's care
  • Document lessons
  • Competition results
  • Undated 52-week diary
  • Performance goals
  • Motivational quote

The Ultimate Showing Training Diary: Manage Your Horse's Care, Document Your Riding Lessons, Set Focused Goals, and Track Your Competition Results in this ALL-IN-ONE Performance Diary

The only diary you need to help you take care of your horse, achieve your training goals, and be successful in the showing arena.

  • Designed for up to 2 horses
  • Manage your horse's care
  • Document lessons
  • Competition results
  • Undated 52-week diary
  • Performance goals
  • Motivational quote