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Learn the underlying principles of speaking both "horse" and "human" from an internationally acclaimed horseman. Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse describes celebrated horse trainer Mark Rashid's experiences with one special--and especially challenging--horse named Buck. Mark finds that Buck's unique personality teaches him a wealth of information about how to build a strong relationship with what may initially seem like a difficult horse. During his time with Buck, Mark not only trains Buck but also observes how Buck "trains" other horses in order to maintain a stable and respectful group. Mark comes to understand that there are six underlying principles to both Buck and Mark's most successful horse training techniques: non-confrontation, planning ahead, patience, persistence, consistency, and "fix it and move on." The second half of the book is devoted to demonstrating how horse owners can apply the six principles to their own experiences in horse training. Mark Rashid is unique among writers of horse training books for his skill at teaching trainers to lead by example rather than by force, using clear and consistent methods. In the afterword, Mark Rashid reflects on what he has learned since first writing about Buck, and how Buck's life allowed Mark to dramatically improve his own emotional and physical well-being. Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse is essential reading for all compassionate horse owners who care about cultivating a mutually respectful and satisfying relationship with their horses.
This title aims to show how the horse's muscles work and explains how this knowledge can be put to good use in riding, whether in competition or for recreation. Using her own careful anatomical drawings, the author studies the skeleton, the action of the muscles, and the role of the nervous system before applying this information to various riding situations. The demands placed on the horse's systems in dressage, jumping, eventing, racing and even polo are all examined, with advice on how good riding practice can help avoid problems. With the knowledge of the horse's anatomy gained in this book, the rider should better understand what is being asked of the horse, and how to achive it with sympathetic riding and horse care, making this a useful manual for all riders.
Every horse person strives to grow in ability and understanding over time whether in the saddle, on the ground, or in the stable; whether in ways that are small or those that are significant. This effort, when done right, lasts a lifetime, and along the way requires the addition of knowledge and experience gleaned from numerous others. Where does one find leadership within the equine industry? How does one know to whom to turn for information? Does riding require an instructor, a trainer, a coach? Can you get by with part-time guidance? Can you effectively learn on your own, with just the occasional directive, and still find personal or competitive success? With this book, renowned clinician and international team coach Eric Smiley intends to fill the gap when it comes to these questions and others, providing a reliable resource and educational companion for any aspiring equestrian. Smiley addresses fundamental topics pertinent to riders, with philosophical discussion and practical exercises applicable to all levels. Along the way he strives to educate them on being taught, and perhaps, one day, becoming the teachers. His aim is to bring together the mind of the rider with the mind of the horse, while highlighting the key component in their synergy: understanding. How that understanding is acquired, retained, and put to use is the key to success.
Riding in perfect balance with the lightest application of aids is something most riders strive to achieve. But without the help of an instructor by your side at all times, it is easy for bad habits to develop unnoticed. With over 100 photographs showing common riding faults - such as tipping forward, weak lower leg position, heavy hands and incorrect application of the aids - this is an outstanding guide for anyone aiming for grace, balance and accuracy in their riding. Each of the 100 features includes a technique to work on and advice on what might go wrong and how to put it right. Focus is also given to the right mental approach, rounding off this complete riding problem solver. Classical riding instructor Susan McBane offers simple yet effective advice on how to identify and remedy 100 of the most common riding problems, with a straightforward and accessible approach to horses. Designed in easy-to-reference sections, 100 Ways to Improve Your Riding is the ultimate equestrian problem solver, helping you to get the most out of your ability and your horse. 'The instruction given in the book is ... based on sound classical principles ... a good buy for just about any rider and riding teacher.' The Classical Riding Club
Do you struggle with pain, a lack of mobility, or a position in the saddle that just won't improve? Do you ever feel like you cannot find the right exercise routine to help your body and your riding, let alone fit it into your busy schedule? Biomechanics for the Equestrian wil show you how to prepare your body for life in and out of the saddle by changing the way you move throughout the day. Discover what is causing your lower back pain or the stiffness in your hips and learn how you can move yourself away from discomfort and towards performance, without having to find extra time in your day. Key topics covered include: the physiology of movement; understanding your body; the riding connection; alignment; expansion breathing; mobilization; strengthening and integrating exercises into a busy day. Working with the mechanics of the human body and how we were all designed to move, you will learn how to build a sustainable and functional body that can sit in the saddle with comfort, strength and balance.
Volume 4 of the Complete Horsemanship series provides an in-depth approach to professional horse care and stable management; from an advanced understanding of horse anatomy and physiology, to the skills and knowledge necessary to run a yard. The attention is shifted from developing riding skills and focuses instead on more advanced training of the horse, to ultimately allow the horse and rider combination to be ridden at more advanced competitions. Recommended reading and guidance for the British Horse Society Stage 4 Qualification in horse care, riding, teaching and training.
Paddock Paradise is natural horse care advocate Jaime Jackson's groundbreaking adventure in natural boarding for horses. Based on Jackson's research on wild horses, this book outlines a revolutionary model for safe, natural horsekeeping, hoof care, and the healing and rehabilitation of lame horses. The premise of Paddock Paradise is to stimulate horses to behave and move naturally according to their instincts. Natural movement is the key to having physically and mentally healthier horses. This unique model is adaptable to virtually all size horse properties, regardless of climate, and is suitable for all equine breeds.
Analyzed by an expert and accompanied by many practical examples, the ancient secrets of classical riding are presented here in a modern way Classical riding, in essence, is correct riding. It is how one should ride every time they get on a horse, and includes not just knowing how to ride, but all around knowledge of the horse as a species. Here, a thorough examination of classical riding is presented through accessible modern day examples. It also includes almost forgotten, yet essential, riding methods--such as the Bugeltritt (the position of the rider's foot in the stirrup) or ridden work with a cavesson. Other concepts include the aims of dressage; the system's essential gymnastic building blocks; breaking down blockades; essential riding skills such as sitting, feeling, and thinking; and the network of aids.
Mike Tucker was born into a life of farming and horses. His passion and hard work enabled him to progress from international groom to successful international event rider, top level Eventing official and television commentator. The pinnacle of Mike's career as a commentator was covering Nick Skelton's Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 for the BBC. In `The Man Behind the Mike' we learn about Mike's family history and the connection with the Badminton Estate where his grandfather farmed; The Beaufort Pony Club, a huge influence in his life with many top level riders being members; a visit to Australia, staying with the Roycroft family, which proved to be a pivotal moment in his efforts to become a successful event rider; and about Mike's second place at Badminton, which laid the foundations of his credibility as a rider and commentator. The `voice behind the microphone' had the experience and knowledge to commentate with authority and to command respect from the listening public at venues of not just horse trials but also show jumping, dressage, and shows in general. The wealth of experience and lifetime involvement in the world of equestrian sport has enabled him to travel all over the world meeting many different people and sharing his expertise. We are told many funny, revealing, fascinating and sometimes sad anecdotes of his experiences of the successes and failures along the way and we are given a true insight into the real stories behind the headlines, and `The Man Behind the Mike'.
Cherry Hill has done it again: created a one-of-a-kind equestrian workbook that's sure to become a standard in the field. 101 Arena Exercises is a ringside exercise book for riders who want to improve their own and their horses's skills. The book is presented in unique "read-and-ride" format that allows it to be hung like a calendar for quick and easy reference.
Exercises -- suitable for both English and Western riders -- progress naturally from simple, basic skills such as the "Working Walk and Jog" to the more advanced "Two Squares" and "Flying Change." Hill presents recognized classic exercises along with her original patterns and maneuvers, offering a wide variety of useful drills for anyone who rides. In addition, 101 Arena Exercises is a valuable workbook for trainers and instructors interested in exploring new teaching methods.
Riding drills included are:
* Collected Canter
* Long and Low
* Loosen Up
* Circle and Leg Yield
* Zigzag Half Pass
* Long Serpentine
* Figure 8
Among the earliest known works on choosing, caring for, and riding
horses, this book is still hailed--2,300 years after it was written
-- as one of the most complete, thoughtful, and accessible guides
of its type. Civilization has changed radically in the centuries
since it was written, but the equestrian arts have remained
essentially the same. Much of what we presently accept as common
wisdom about horsemanship derives from this volume.
This is an invaluable guide to every aspect of horsemanship, from the diverse and specialist equipment for both horse and rider to learning to ride and competing in riding competitions. The first section of the book is a directory-style approach to the full range of horse equipment. Saddles, bridles and bits; training aids and gadgets; clothing and protective equipment are all discussed in detail. The second section is a step-by-step presentation of riding techniques, and the final section covers the world of horse riding competitions. This section examines the wellknown sports of show-jumping, polo and dressage, as well as the more obscure competitions, such as endurance riding, vaulting and driving.
From the author of the hugely successful titles How Your Horse Moves and Horse Anatomy for Performance, comes a completely different training manual, also based on the Horses Inside Out philosophy: 'Understanding Anatomy Improves Performance and Reduces the Risk of Injury'. Divided into three main parts: Principles of Anatomical Riding and Training; Exercises for Horse and Rider; Troubleshooting, the book contains a wealth of practical tips and exercises broken down into easy to follow, well-illustrated steps showing how riders can improve their riding skills and potential. The author suggests ways to improve horses' physique, posture, flexibility, stability, core strength, performance and movement and how to reduce muscular and movement problems, and reduce the risk of injury. This beautifully illustrated book looks at how to deliver a safe, varied, fun, effective and achievable training programme. It provides all the ingredients for riders to make informed decisions to maximise their own and their horse's potential, gain more enjoyment, satisfaction and improve their skills.
You've always dreamed of riding horses. So what are you waiting for? It's time you realized your equestrian dreams and learned to ride like a pro on the back of a noble steed. And "Horseback Riding for Dummies" shows you how.
Don't know a horse's head from its tail, a trot from a canter, withers from a fetlock? No problem. Coauthored by a medal-winning equestrian and nationally respected equestrian trainer, it tells you what you need to know about that elegant animal, body and soul, to become an accomplished rider. And it trains you in all the technical basics of riding for fun or competition, including how to: Find a good stable and instructorSelect riding gearWarm up and keep riding muscles fitEstablish a rapport with a horseCue a horse to walk, jog, trot, lope, and cantorRide in the ring and on trailsImprove your balance and timingCompete in horse showsBuy and care for your own horse
Stop dreaming about it and learn to ride like the wind with "Horseback Riding for Dummie"s--the ultimate beginner's guide to all things equestrian.
This is a complete guide to horse breeds around the world, and how to ride horses for sport, show or pleasure. It features expert advice on saddles, bridles and bits, training aids, equestrian clothing and protective equipment. It shows you how to look after your horse on a day-to-day basis, including exercise routines and grooming techniques, and information about basic health care and first aid. The noble horse combines speed, strength and beauty with intelligence and a willing nature, and this beautiful box set contains four books for every horse enthusiast. An Illustrated Guide to Horse Breeds of the World is a round-up of the world's breeds, such as Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. The Practical Rider's Handbook covers the basics of riding, from mounting to dressage. Saddlery & Horse Equipment is an illustrated guide to tack and clothing. A Practical Guide to Caring For Your Horse explores the practicalities of equestrian care, such as feeding, watering, plaiting and shoeing. Together, these books form an essential collection for all horse riders.
Some horses drive their riders to distraction by simply not moving under the saddle, and nothing the rider does seems to stimulate them. This book discusses the possible causes for a lack of motivation--from physical problems or incorrect feeding to permanent under- or over-demand of the horse--and it outlines solutions that can recover a seemingly hopeless situation. It shows how, with discipline and creativity, it is possible to turn an idle creature into a motivated competition or leisure horse.
Mark Rashid shares personal stories about events in his life that helped him on his journey to softness, as well as the stumbling blocks along the way. The narrative includes a section in which Mark passes on the experiences of others from a wide variety of walks of life and occupations, all sharing their views on how feel, connection and softness apply to their respective professions. Those interviewed for this special section include a musician who has written and performed several number one country music hits, a highly decorated helicopter pilot, a movie actor, a college professor, a master carpenter, an artist, and numerous others. What the reader learns by example is how to develop feel, relaxation, connection, and softness in both horse and rider. The methods and techniques Mark demonstrated have been gleaned from decades of work with horses and horse people, as well as while he trained with world-class martial artists whose lives have been dedicated to developing softness and connection with a partner through feel.
Dominance without punishment, collection without rein pressure, these apparent contradictions are explained as this charismatic new author demonstrates his revolutionary method of teaching and training based upon precisely defined body language. The method, a way of communicating in a visual language understood by the horse, assists the rider to develop a 'presence' and to achieve interaction with the horse. It is classically based and embodies both holistic and spiritual principles. Packed with marvellous colour photographs this book has already been a bestseller in Germany, France, Spain and Scandinavia and will enthral every horse owner.
Every human enters this life and begins a journey. The path travelled is unique to each individual, and for some, the main streets and popular thoroughfares provide all that's needed to nourish a life well lived - food, fuel, friendship, family. For others, though, there is a desire - in fact, a need - for something more. In the form of a wandering, lyrical, autobiographical narrative, world-renowned horseman Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling exposes the inner turmoil, the burning questions, the fear, the doubt, and the darkness that pushed him off the roads most travelled in search of answers. In search of meaning. As he reflects on cultures past and his present surroundings, his words linger on visual, sensual, and inspirational clues, bringing his personal experiences alive on the page in emotional detail. His thoughts string together like clicking beads, brilliantly illustrating the passage of time and the interconnectivity of all beings. And ultimately, Hempfling comes to a truth, which for him brings heaven and earth into sharp focus. It is the horses that show him the way.
What is the correct way to ride a renvers? Why does my horse keep losing its rhythm during the walk pirouette? And how do I prepare my horse for the optimum flying change at the canter? Dressage riders from medium level onward continue to ask themselves these questions--often without finding satisfactory answers. This book deals extensively with the most important dressage movements from medium level to Grand Prix. It describes comprehensively and in detail their execution, typical faults, and effective methods for correction of these faults. In particular, it also explains the theoretical background of each lesson and illustrates its function for the schooling of a horse in classical dressage.
An essential tool for everyday use, this practical book makes dressage easy by providing concrete instructions on how to correctly ride dressage lessons from novice to Grand Prix A practical guide in the best sense of the word, instead of training each step of the exercise separately, internationally renowned trainer Katja von Ronne recommends following a "central theme" when training the horse. Instead of simply being reeled off, all of the lessons have an explicit purpose--to exercise the horse correctly and to nurture it in harmony and trust. Maintaining health and teamwork are paramount her methods, and descriptive explanations in each chapter show how to train a horse in a structured way, as well as what the rider can do if problems arise. A training plan with sequences of exercises connects the individual lessons for ultimate accessibility and cohesiveness of learning.
Susanna Forrest grew up in the 1980s near Norwich and, like many a girl, she yearned for a pony. She never did get one of her own, but this didn't stop her becoming obsessed with all things equine. If Wishes Were Horses is the story of that all-consuming interest. As Susanna's journey unfolds, it leads her to horse-fixated princesses, recovering crack addicts, national heroines and runaways across the ages. From girl-riders of the Bronze Age, to lavishly adorned equestrian Victorians and twenty-first-century children on horseback in Brixton, she explores the development of this Pony Cult from its earliest times to the present day. In doing so, she takes to the saddle once more and rediscovers her own riding legs in this frank, eclectic and captivating memoir of an ever-changing equine world.
In this book, every horse owner will find step by step instructions to turn their ponies into genuine four-legged beauties, or to make lovely horses even lovelier--all thanks to the right grooming of your horse's mane, tail, and coat. Whether for competition, breed show, or at home, here they will find simple instructions to make grooming easy. Learn how to do a Spanish plait, turn your horse's mane into a mass of waves, plait a mane, or pull a tail.
At some point, many riders will encounter the challenge of show jumping: to jump a course of fences in perfect harmony with your horse, measuring your skill against that of other riders - maybe even ending up in the placing. Success, however, does not just materialise from nowhere. This practical and thoughtfully illustrated book provides clear, precise advice on the necessary foundations for success, demonstrates what jumping training with progressive exercises looks like, and shows how typical difficulties can be overcome. Clarissa Busch is a riding instructor and well-known competition rider. In this book she not only imparts crucial insight to the training techniques of top show jumpers, but also offers many practical insider tips which will help prevent unnecessary errors. * It really is "made easy" - with expert text, and step-by-step illustrations. * In full colour throughout, with over 80 full colour photographs.
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