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The successful bond between horse and rider is the basis for all work together. In this book, Kelly Marks shows the reader how to create a happy and productive partnership. Kelly describes the process known as 'join up', explains how body language affects the horse and the common mistakes to avoid. She also uses her interest in human psychology to look at the dark side of human treatment of horses and gives advice on stress relief and controlling anger.
Helps to understand the international equine terminology, with equivalent terms given in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. This dictionary covers a variety of areas connected with the horse, including breeds and breeding, stable management, saddlery, riding wear, equitation, jumping, dressage, driving and horse transport.
Not Quite a Horsewoman" has, since its publication in 1982, delighted thousands of aspirant riders and horse owners. Now in its third edition and embellished with even more delightful cartoons by Anne Pilgrim, it will entertain a new generation of horse lovers as Caroline Akrill reveals the frequent disasters and the occasional triumphs of her long association with a string of equine characters. Ambitions and aspirations fall by the wayside as she tells the story of her leading rein pony, the saga of her show hack and the tale of her season as a hunting columnist. She remembers her first stable yard where she was exploited by her own working pupils, her brief career as a dealer operating from a small village pub, and the agonies of professionally producing show ponies as their owners waited at the ring-side with their livery cheques still unwritten. Engagingly witty, endearingly frank, sometimes surprising, but always amusing, Caroline Akrill regards the horse from the safety of the stable door and scrutinises him with candour and affection.
"Teaching Riding" encompasses 50 years of teaching experience by a Fellow of the British Horse Society. The author has taught riders of all ages and stages and this truly comprehensive guide is distinguished by her sound common-sense approach and profound knowledge of horses and ponies. Josephine Knowles demonstrates how to assist the rider to develop feel, to sit in balance and to understand the mind and body of the horse. Covering the special requirements for teaching children and mature adults, beginners, nervous and more advanced riders, the author also includes advice on riding on the flat and over jumps, taking out hacks and taking lessons with known riding school horses as well as unknown privately owned horses. There are suggestions for solving all kinds of problems, for maintaining the interests of a ride, for discipline and safety and general guidelines for instructors at all levels. Everyone, whether student or qualified instructor, will benefit from reading this invaluable and enlightening teaching manual.
Alexis-Francois L'Hotte (1825-1904) was a French general. He attended Saint-Cyr as a young cadet. Since at the time Saint-Cyr had no cavalry school, L'Hotte was sent to Ecole de Cavalerie at Saumur to pursue his equestrian talent. It was around this period that he became the pupil of both Francois Baucher and comte d'Aure. He returned to Saint-Cyr as commandant of the reopened cavalry section. In 1864 he became ecuyer en chef of the Ecole de Cavalerie. In 1875 he returned to Saumur as commandant of the Ecole de Cavalerie. He was considered by all to be the most outstanding ecuyer of the period. His two works Un Officer de cavalerie- Souvenirs (1905) and Questions equestres (1906) appeared posthumously. It was on his personal horses that L'Hotte practiced the teachings of Baucher. But as ecuyer en chef and commandant at Saumur, he was obliged to follow the teachings and rules of a military establishment. In this respect he was more in the d'Auriste idiom, practicing primarily exterior and military equitation. For not supporting more openly the teachings of Baucher when he was ecuyer en chef and commandant at Saumur he was, and still is, criticized.
The basis of ringcraft is to ensure that you give your pony the best possible chance of success in the ring. The art of presentation develops with experience as every show ring appearance presents new challenges. Understanding what the judges are looking for and being aware of your pony's good and bad points are fundamental steps in the learning process.
Lungeing can develop a horse both physically and mentally. Paul Fielder, an international dressage trainer, shows how his methods achieve this by working with nature and not against it. The techniques described take a horse from his initial assessment right through to engagement, collection and extension. Mouthing, equipment and work on energy and balance are covered and the clear, easy-to-follow, step-by-step photographs ensure that everyone who lunges horses can help them reach their full potential. All About Lungeing is an essential book for every horse owner's bookshelf.
Training the Racehorse, first published in 1976 and widely considered the standard work in its field, will prove invaluable to anyone training, or aspiring to train, racehorses; it will also provide a captivating and thought-provoking insight for all racing fans. Tim Fitzgeorge-Parker provides a wealth of practical information on all aspects of finding, breaking, training and placing racehorses, and since this knowledge is drawn from his own experience and intimacy with many top trainers, the text is liberally sprinkled with anecdotes highlighting the humour and drama of the racing scene. A former pupil of the great Atty Persse, the author is a strong advocate of drawing upton the wisdom of ages. Making the point that our forefathers equine knowledge was born of necessity, he shows us impressive links between the methods of the old masters and those of today's most successful trainers. Now revised and enlarged to take account of the recent changes to the Rules of Racing, alterations to courses, and innovations such as all-weather tracks, Training the Racehorse will both entertain and instruct a new generation of racing enthusiasts.
If you have ever wondered how to pull a mane or tail, produce perfect plaits for the show ring or try one of the more unusual plaiting techniques, this book has the answers. Step by step, it shows you how to make the most of your horse's or pony's appearance - always with safety and comfort in mind. It helps you to decide what would suit a particular animal and details the finishing touches that produce a professional look. Traditional and less well-known turnout techniques are clearly illustrated and explained, making it an essential reference work for both the novice and the experienced. * All About Manes & Tails details everything you need to know about plaiting for all occasions * Packed with hints and easy-to-follow instructions, this is an indispensable guide to perfect turnout * Clear, instructional photographs throughout
Successful clipping is a mixture of skill and confidence, and this book shows you how to acquire both. Step by step, the easy-to-understand text and photographs take you from choosing the right clip for your horse or pony to the finished picture. The emphasis is on safety and keeping the horse happy. There are lots of tips that will enable both the novice and the experienced clipper to get the best results, with advice on handling, clipping techniques and aftercare.
Xenophon's The Art of Horsemanship is the earliest known work on the horse and how to ride it. Though Xenophon wrote his treatise twenty-three centuries ago, it still provides the modern-day equestrian enthusiast with much food for thought and is delightfully easy to read. In this translation by Morris H. Morgan Ph.D., there are chapters on the Greek Riding-Horse, and Points of the Horse, with Notes on Xenophon's text. Illustrated throughout with numerous photographs and line drawings, carefully chosen by Professor Morgan for their usefulness in explaining the various subjects treated in the text, Xenophon's work appears for the first time in paperback.
The ultimate training manual for successful show jumping at all levels, providing detailed training advice for the show jumping horse and rider, whether starting from scratch or wishing to compete at higher levels. Known for his effective teaching methods and down-to-earth approach, Ernest Dillon offers guidance on choosing the right horse, working on the lunge, flatwork schooling and early jumping, and the importance of the rider's position. The author describes how to overcome common problems; more advanced work with combinations and related distances; walking the course; plus collecting ring and jump-off techniques. The numerous sequence colour photographs depict riders from all levels, from novices to experienced Grand Prix competitors. In addition to practical advice, the book offers encouragement and inspiration and is peppered with the kind of training tips that separate winners from losers.
The author of the best-selling Dancing with Horses returns to further explain the intricate body language of the horse.
A collection for equine enthusiasts *An all-new collection of the best of the classics *Editor was anchor of horse sports in ESPN *Fresh, new series design A perfect gift for riders, writers, or literary buffs, Horse Stories is an essential collection of some of the most compelling stories ever written about America's horses.
When Victoria meets Moonshine, an ex-racehorse saved from the slaughterhouse and abuse, she despairs at having to ride such a difficult horse. The pair compete in dressage, a sport that tests the unity of horse and rider as they engage in what can only be called dancing. They compete against horses bred solely for the sport, always struggling to overcome the bias against horses like Moony. As she grows and comes of age, Victoria teaches Moonshine to trust, and Moony teaches Victoria the importance of heart and perseverance. Together, they master many trials and compete in the Junior Nationals in this inspiring and compelling true story of how a girl and her horse changed each other's lives forever.
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