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Classical Horsemanship for Our time presents the heritage of
classical theories of riding in a modern, highly readable format.
Jean Froisard, one of the world's masters of horsemanship, takes
the reader through the development of a dressage horse, dressage in
its truest sense, the training of a riding horse. He begins with
the criteria for selection, then describes fully the progress of
early training that is basic for any horse, whatever its equestrian
discipline. Building systematically upon what has been learned,
with constant emphasis on rewards, for even the slightest
improvement, over punishment, he then takes the reader through the
training progression up to the highest levels of dressage. The
emphasis is always on the practical rather than the heavily
theoretical, a blessing to those readers who have found themselves
"lost" when trying to apply what they have read to their day-to-day
riding. (6 x 9, 152 pages, b&w photos, illustrations)Jean
Froissard is widely recognized as one of the great masters of
horsemanship. He is the author of the classic works A Guide to
Basic Dressage, Equitation: Learning and Teaching and Jumping:
Learning and Teaching. He and his wife, Lily Powell, edited the
encyclopedic work The Horseman's International Book of Reference.
They live in Paris.
Written by an Olympic course designer, this is an indispensable guide for anyone involved in the design and construction of cross-country courses. Whether you are designing fences for use at home, planning a hunter trials or building an international course, you will find plenty of practical guidelines. For the competitor, the book provides a meaningful guide to the art of cross-country riding as seen from the designer's perspective. In recent years, there has been a marked change in the courses presented to the competitor: the fences are generally more imposing, the materials are bigger and the courses are undoubtedly more technical. The responsibility of course designers has never been greater. Competitors expect a good product and they need to know that a course has been built to the safest possible standard. At the same time, the course designer must produce a course which is challenging to horse and rider. Mike Etherington-Smith writes about the theory of course design, siting of fences and use of natural features, fences and courses in general, distances, shapes and profiles of fences, design and construction of water obstacles, combinations and bounces. Basic advice about fence construction and the use of portable fences is included. The book includes fence-by-fence plans and descriptions for three sample courses to suit riders of differing abilities. These plans provide the reader with a fascinating insight to the art of course design. Incorporating the latest thoughts on course safety and illustrated throughout with line drawings by Christine Bousfield and photographs, this is the definitive work on the subject.
Is your horse able to capriole? How can you tell whether he's
suffering from thoroughpin? What does it mean if his mane - or your
back - is roached?A complete compendium of equestrian terms, The
Horseman's Illustrated Dictionary goes beyond simple words and
phrases. In addition to providing easy-to-understand definitions of
both esoteric and commonly used terms, Steven D. Price delves into
their fascinating derivations. You'll learn, for example, that the
name of the Percheron draft horse comes from the breed's origins in
the La Perche area of Normandy, France; that "bishoping" -
doctoring a horse's teeth to show a younger age - refers to an
unscrupulous eighteenth-century horse dealer named Bishop; and that
the "canter" gait is a shortened version of "Canterbury gallop,"
purportedly inspired by the pilgrims who rode to Canterbury at that
pace. You'll discover that a "coop" does not necessarily contain
chickens, find out why an "alligator" might be found in a horse
arena, and learn that an "elevator" does not carry passengers but
fits in a horse's mouth.Edifying and entertaining, The Horseman's
Illustrated Dictionary is both a useful reference work and a lively
panoramic view of the culture and history of the horse. This
beautifully illustrated volume proves that horse people of all
interests can learn to speak one another's language. It's the
perfect gift for any horse-lover. (83/4 X 111/4, 248 pages, color
photos, b&w photos, diagrams)
Julian Roup's anecdotes begin on the stunning beaches of his boyhood home in South Africa. The stories continue in Sussex as he explains how riding horses and fishing are so much cheaper than attending psychotherapy sessions.
This text draws on paleaontological records, archaeology and history, to examine the history of the interplay between humans and horses, the development of the breeds, the history of equestrian sports, and the advances in equine veterinary medicine. Each chapter contains recent research and information on a wide variety of equine topics, from reproductions of Palaeolithic cave paintings, to modern horse racing, and a chapter on related equine animals, such as the African Zebra.
This wonderful book provides a masterclass---a virtual private lesson---on how to tackle a wide variety of obstacles found on today's courses, from Blyth Tait, world and Olympic champion and one the world's greatest cross-country riders. Using over 200 superb full color photo-sequences of horses and riders negotiating cross-country fences, Blyth provides an informed commentary on what is happening throughout each sequence, pointing out strengths and weaknesses in technique and offering valuable advice for improvement or praise where it is due. An invaluable source of reference and a treasure to own!
The common belief that riding a horse can happen effortlessly and naturally is dispelled in this training method from one of the world's leading schools. The method teaches that riding is an activity that must be learned by both horse and rider through a conscious awareness that ultimately will become a subconscious ability, once the modern equestrian gains a "feel" for riding. Not purely a technical endeavor, a feel for riding is developed by learning to communicate with a flight animal and a herd animal, developing self-knowledge and self-control, developing body control, body language, and an independent seat, and learning to give effective aids by training with "questions and answers." Covering the important points that classical literature overlooks, such as the being of the horse and rider psychology, this revolutionary methodology will help a rider achieve awareness and feel in the saddle.
Get your relationship right with your horse and he'll try to get it right with you, too. It's not about following steps to success or special equipment. It's about very subtle signs that show him you are on his side, and when you're with him he can let you take responsibility for his safety. This is the heart of great horsemanship. Be With Your Horse is a clear and accessible guide to finding the best relationship with your horse. Tom Widdicombe invites the reader to embark on a search for the perfect partnership, learning how to make your horse a willing friend, and find the balance between leadership and respect. The book is full of practical advice applicable to all horse owners and horse lovers, and peppered with accounts of Tom's own experiences with horses and how they shaped his ideas about training horses and humans to achieve a greater understanding of one another
Offers riders a selection of exercises for improving and developing the horse. Recognizing that each horse is an individual and there is no automatic programme that covers all horses, the exercises included range from some of the horse's earliest lessons through piaffe and passage, and include both mounted and in-hand exercises.
By popular request, here's the latest in the Hidden Horses puzzle books, the largest one to date. Along with crossword puzzles, acrostics, word searches, criss-crosses, and cryptic quotes, all with horses as the theme, there's wonderful trivia throughout the book. Hours of fun with a little education thrown in. It's the perfect rainy day book
Walter Zettl discusses those who have a critical influence on the welfare of horses and the future of the sport of dressage. That group includes the breeder, the owner and sponsor, the rider, the trainer and/or instructor, the stable manager and groom, the show committee, and the judge.
In this work, American dressage guru, Bill Woods has assembled dozens of stories and anecdotes that elucidate, illustrate and demystify hoary dressage principles while managing to skewer the sacred bovines of the sport.
Drawing on her vast experience, Sallie Walrond has written a handbook that will be of inestimable value and universal interest to all those involved with carriage driving, be they judges, competitors or spectators. Starting with judging procedure, the author then systematically explains the judging of every conceivable class including carts, coaches, mountain and moorland, donkeys, junior Whips, disabled drivers and horse driving trails. The judging systems and classes of the United States, Australia and New Zealand are also covered. With "Judging Carriage Driving", Sallie Walrond has produced a book that will undoubtedly further the interest and understanding of every driving enthusiast.
Equestrian competitions at all levels and in all disciplines are on
the rise in size and number. So is the need for qualified judges to
officiate at these events. More and more people are responding to
fill this need, and to help them enter this exciting and important
field, Hallie McEvoy, a veteran judge and acclaimed writer, offers
this authoritative yet user-friendly introductory guide.Horse Show
Judging for Beginners provides all the essential answers to these
and other entry-level questions: Have you the background, interest,
expertise and temperament to be a horse show judge?How does one get
started, and what are the benefits of mock and learner judging?What
are the licensing requirements of various breed and discipline
organizations?How do you go about getting judging assignments at
schooling, recognized, intercollegiate, and other horse shows?What
are the basic requirements of judging English and Western
disciplines and breeds?How do you create an efficient and effective
"bookkeeping" system of symbols to keep track of and score a
class?How should you work with other horse show officials and deal
with unhappy exhibitors?How do you know when you're ready to
advance through the judging ranks?Drawing from the author's own
experiences and including lively and instructive hints and
anecdotes from other top horse-show officials, Horse Show Judging
for Beginners deserves to be the first stop on any prospective
judge's way to the English or Western show ring. (6 x 9, 144 pages,
b&w photos, charts)Hallie McEvoy is a USA Equestrian (formerly
American Horse Show Association)-Licensed Recorded Judge in Hunter
and Hunter-Seat Equitation, is the author of the acclaimed Showing
for Beginners.Her articles and photographs have appeared in Horse
Show/Equestrian Magazine, Horse Sport, L'Annee Hippique, The Horse,
Dressage Today, Sidelines, Horseman's Yankee Pedlar, and many other
regional and national publications.
This is the perfect book for new riders of all ages, providing comprehensive, illustrated coverage of all facets of the joys of riding. "An excellent book A necessity for every up-and-coming young rider". -- Bruce Davidson, Olympic Gold Medalist
A step-by-step guide to building your own show jumps and cross country fences. Chapters include various types of show jumps, jumping course plans, basic construction and ditches, banks, steps and water.
To develop a harmonious partnership with your horse, whether you have ambitions in the competition arena or not, you need to develop a two-way communication system that is clear to both of you. In The Building Blocks of Training, Debby Lush, international dressage rider and senior instructor at the Training the Teachers of Tomorrow Trust, offers practical assistance in developing such a system, a progressive and logical one that is firmly rooted in classical training. The ultimate aim is to enhance the horse's mental and physical capabilities and so allow him to move easily and happily forward from the earliest simple steps to the more complicated efforts required further up the competition ladder. With step-by-step guides to every aspect of schooling from lungeing to lengthening (touching on the foundations to move on to the more advanced movements), and with troubleshooting sections to identify why things are going wrong and how to solve them, this book will be invaluable to countless horse and rider partnerships.
Gabriele Boiselle nurtures a passionate love for horses, which she photographs with unrelieved ardor. Her pictures are never trite, but capture the very soul of these extraordinarily sensitive creatures that exude a powerful and untamed energy and unrivalled grace and nobility. The reader joins the author and photographer in the supremely rewarding but always challenging attempt to capture on film the poetry and beauty that horses radiate, as well as the deep emotions they convey. AUTHOR: After working for a few years as a journalist, Gabriele Boiselle returned to her two first loves: photography and horses. In 1984 she published her first calendar, illustrated with splendid photos of Arabian horses. Her exceptional artistic sensitivity combined with an impeccable technique have made the German photographer famous: she is now one of the world's most renowned artist in the challenging and very special sphere of equine photography. Journalist, writer and horse lover, Agnes Galletier continues to pay tribute to these magnificent animals with her books, striving to enable the public at large to understand them better, and thus love them. She has published many works in conjunction with Gabriele Boiselle, particularly in France. SELLING POINTS: A splendid gift for all horse lovers. Extraordinary and exciting shots taken by one of the most renowned animal photographers. Touching texts, filled with passion and poetry. ILLUSTRATIONS: Photographs throughout
Published in 1981 and out of print for more than a dozen years, George H. Morris Teaches Beginners to Ride is an entry-level introduction to hunter-seat riding, from the novice's first lesson up to fundamentals of jumping.George H. Morris, hunter-seat equitation and show jumping's preeminent trainer and commentator, offers advice about a range of relevant subjects, including how to select a riding facility and instructor, correct clothing, ponies versus horses, individual versus group lessons, and student and instructor attitudes toward lessons and learning.At the heart of the book is Morris's noted system of exercises that develop form and control on the flat and over fences, a system that has produced generations of champions from backyard horse shows all the way to the Olympics.As the author suggests, the foundation of success in anything is just that - a strong foundation and solid basics. "I like to say that I teach basics all the way to the Olympics. Without a firm grasp of the essentials of form and function, a rider cannot excel at any level."With a new introduction to this edition and with 137 step-by-step photographs that illustrate Morris's system, this clinic for students, parents, and instructors is required reading for aspiring riders and their trainers.
Here at last is a book for a long-neglected group of horse lovers: those riders who, for one reason or another, don't own their own horse and must rely on borrowed or rented mounts. Barbara Burn, a lifelong horsewoman and herself a horseless rider, draws on her own experience as well as that of equitation experts to provide information that riders -- regardless of level -- will want to know. From renting a hack by the hour, to landing a job around stables, to showing other people's horses, she uncovers all the options horseless riders can explore to get themselves into the saddle.
Throughout recorded history, the horse has played many roles in
human life. He has been man's comrade-in-arms in war, his servant
in work, his teammate in sports, his inspiration in art. With such
a tradition, small wonder that there exists a rich literature of
horsemanship. The Greatest Horse Stories Every Told gathers the
most memorable essays, articles, short fiction, and poetry ever
written about the bond between humans and horses. It covers a wide
range of equestrian pursuits: in addition to racing and hunting,
there are dressage, cutting, draft horses, Western ranch work, show
jumping, driving, and several aspects of pleasure riding and of
training the horse and rider. Heartwarming, adventurous, profound,
and funny, this anthology presents a panoramic view of everything
that illuminates our fascination, and captivation, with horses. (6
x 9, 276 pages)
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