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The first official history of the Irish Army Equitation School. From its tentative beginning back in the post War of Independence days of 1926 right to the present, the Irish Army Equitation School has been assigned what has been termed the "most extraordinary mission impossible" - of plucking raw young recruits from within the Cadet Corps, training them to the highest level of horsemanship, mounting them on jumpers bred on the farms of Ireland and sending them out to compete against the international stars of equestrian sport at events around the world. Here, recounted in great detail and with stunning photographs, are the great highs and lows; the heartbreaks and excitements of top flight international competition in which the Army riders have always endeavoured to punch above their weight.
Have you got what it takes to make a successful career from teaching riding? Would you like to know how to make yourself indispensable to your clients? Ross Algar offers first-hand advice on how to establish yourself in this field of work and then how to move up the ranks. He explains how to deal with almost every type of client (children, teenagers, and more mature riders), whether they be competition riders or pleasure riders, confident or nervous riders, and whatever their chosen discipline. He tells you how best to assist your clients with their immediate goals and long-term aims, and how to conduct yourself professionally at all times. With essential advice for practically every teaching situation, this is an equine career training book like no other.
From the leading authority on the subject, "Saddlery" is a comprehensive account of the range, scope and variety of articles available, all put in perspective within the context of their use.For many years a standard recommended book for examination reading, this completely revised, enlarged and updated edition will guide the student and horse-owner through the bewildering variety of saddlery, horse equipment and clothing, describing its construction, purpose and correct usage by means of the uniquely informative text, clear line illustrations and new colour photographs.With every conceivable aspect covered, and now including information on the use of synthetic materials, new bitting systems, the developments in saddle fitting, innovative riding aids and Western riding (and much more), this is the definitive guide to equipping horse and rider for every eventuality.
This is the 51st "Threshold Picture Guide" where Perry Wood gives much needed advice on common riding problems. It gives practical tips on how to improve your horse's behaviour under saddle, making him safer to ride and a pleasure to own. Subjects covered include bucking, rearing, head-tossing, shying, jogging, bolting, napping, refusing to jump, nose poking, difficult to mount, hard-mouthed, overexcited and inattentive to the rider.
A crucial element of eventing is that horse and rider complete the
cross-country course within a set time ('the optimum time'). If the
competitor takes longer, significant penalty points are awarded
against him or her. Many eventers try to achieve the optimum time
by taking unnecessary risks, which, as Stuart Tinney explains, can
be avoided if the correct training is carried out.
Stuart Tinney, an Olympic gold medallist, completed the Sydney
Olympic course easily within the optimum time, not through
uncontrollable speed but through accurate and controlled riding.
This skill and the associated training and horse management are
explained and demonstrated in the book, including:
- Equipment for the horse and rider
- Walking the course
- Riding cross country safely and efficiently
- Training for cross country in the arena
- Horse fitness and management
- Horse types
This book will therefore be of interest to all eventers from
introductory to advanced level.
Photograph of Stuart Tinney riding Calvin at Berrima by Max Wilson: agenda photography
Listen to and communicate with your horse–successfully
"This is a book for everyone who has ever looked at the constantly increasing list of methods and systems marketed as ‘horsemanship’ and wondered which of the many possible approaches would be most suitable for a particular behavior problem. Gincy Bucklin has distilled her many years of experience with horses and riders into a very useful, step-by-step, hands-on book. Bucklin’s writing is smooth and easy to read, and no matter where you open this book, you’ll find that her deep respect and affection for both equines and humans shines through."
"Gincy Bucklin uses her decades-long experience with horses to answer that most frequently asked question: ‘Why did my horse do that?’ And she comes up with creative solutions that weave together traditional horse handling with the best of modern horse training, including my own personal favorite, clicker training."
It takes time for a horse to learn everything we want him to know. If we don’t make our intentions clear to him in ways that he can understand, or if we don’t listen to what he wants, problems may result. Featuring easy-to-follow, step-by-step advice, What Your Horse Wants You to Know reveals how to communicate effectively with your horse to create an atmosphere of mutual cooperation.
What Your Horse Wants You to Know focuses on improving your horse’s behavior on the ground, so you can develop relationship and communications skills without the more challenging problems that arise once you’re on his back.
A guide to improving the rider's position and effectiveness through a programme of exercises and stretches specifically designed for riders. This guide includes exercises for everyday riding, common riding problems and exercises to avoid. There are chapters on flexibility and suppleness, strength training, aerobic conditioning and healthy eating and body type.
A rider's guide to a clear and logical understanding of the aids, which will improve riding skills and promote harmony between horse and rider. Chapters include understanding of the horse, the rider's position, basic aids, developing better aids and turns and circles.
This guide contains information for anyone thinking of trying endurance riding. It discusses: whether your horse is suitable; equipment for the horse and rider; fitness and conditioning of the horse; basic schooling and education; handy schooling extras; rider fitness and preparation; feet and shoeing, and basic health care; the back-up crew; choosing and entering a ride; taking part in a ride and post-ride care; and prevention and treatment of injury.
Valuable advice on how to avoid common problems and accidents associated with riding and keeping horses and ponies. Prepared in consultation with The British Horse Society's Safety Department. Every aspect is covered, from hard hats and protective clothing to handling tips, lifting, and safety in the stable and field.
This illustrated guide aims to solve the problems that riders may encounter while working on the flat. It explains how to deal with laziness, stiffness, one-sidedness, pulling, shying, excitability, tenseness, anticipation, cantering problems and much more.
From an expert, all the tips involved in preparing horse and rider for the show ring are in this picture guide. Chapters range from choosing the right class and horse and rider preparation to arriving at the show and competing in the ring.
This practical and accessible guide to lungeing covers equipment and various training methods. It offers advice on the correction of many faults, particularly in the young horse, and gives instruction on the use of such training aids as the Lauffer rein, the Chambon and side-reins.
A step-by-step introduction to safe harnessing, putting-to and basic driving technique. Topics include putting on a collar, saddle and crupper; girthing up and fitting the breeching; fitting reins, the bridle and blinkers; bitting; putting to correct rein handling; mounting and dismounting; moving forward and turning; driving on the road, and unharnessing.
This is a commonsense guide offering advice on a wide range of driving topics, aimed at avoiding common mistakes and becoming a safer and more proficient carriage driver. Chapters include correct harness fitting and care, vehicle maintenance, driving on the road, tips on preparing for a show, taking part in show classes, and eventing.
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.
Eventing, known as the "complete competition," requires the same
horse-and-rider team to complete a dressage test, a demanding
cross-country obstacle course, and a show-jumping round on the same
or successive days.
There are many horses out there that express discomfort or discontent in a variety of troublesome ways. These are the common problems riders at all levels deal with on a regular basis, such as bucking, rearing, bolting, pulling, grinding teeth, refusing fences, and running out - to name but a few! Doug Payne has made a name for himself in equestrian circles as the "go-to guy" when it comes to finding a way forward with problem horses. Now he's sharing his tips and techniques for solving some of the most common contact issues, unruly outbursts, and jumping problems that riders experience. Learn about causes for problem behaviour - from physical issues to "holes" in a horse's education - and discover dozens of safe and professionally tested solutions and step-by-step exercises.
Thousands of riders pursue the sport of dressage, and the majority do so on a budget and with the horse they already have - or quite simply, the one they can afford. This means riders are facing the challenge of mastering one of the world's most esteemed equestrian events on horses that may not be bred specifically for the task, or may not be top prospects for any number of reasons - behavioural quirks, conformational impediments, age or soundness issues, you name it. International dressage judge and riding coach Janet Foy has ridden many different horses to the highest levels of dressage competition, and she has compiled her best tips for training and showing in one highly enjoyable book. Her expertise, good stories and good humour are destined to bring out the best in dressage riders and their 'not-so-perfect' horses everywhere. Rider's are bound to discover countless ways to apply Janet's advice to their dressage pursuits.
Techniques to help riders fine-tune their communication and riding skills
This follow-up to How Your Horse Wants You to Ride helps intermediate to advanced riders improve their communication with their mounts and polish their overall riding skills. Readers get a complete tutorial-much of which can be found nowhere else-on taking their riding skills to the next level.
An advanced rider, whether professional horseman, Olympic athlete, or just a horse lover who has learned the fundamentals and go on to ride his or her own horse, in the author's view, "is someone who graps the idea of good horsemanship and puts a great deal of time and effort into developing his or her seat and position." Advanced English Riding is designed to helped riders develop those skills and to help them move on to the next level of riding. Author Sharon Biggs, whose credits also include The Original Horse Bible, shares her considerable experience in English riding in this Horse Illustrated Guide that goes beyond the fundamentals to refine the riding skills of hunter/jumper riders and dressage riders, from improving seat and position to advanced schooling techniques and participating successfully and joyfully in competitions. This book offers step-by-step instructions and great advice for all English riders looking to develop, improve, or refine their skills in the various aspects of this popular riding discipline. This extensive guide is divided into 15 chapters and covers the following topics: honing the seat and position, the half halt, riding within the gaits (transitions, stride adjustment, collection, extensions, etc.), riding figures, lateral work, cavalletti and group poles (for hunters, jumpers, and dressage), gridwork (incorporating placing poles and cavalletti), cross-country jumping, hunter courses, show jumping courses, advanced competition in dressage, eventing, hunters, and show jumping, and more
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