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Keys for developing a partnership with your horse.
This highly regarded manual includes a new introduction by the author in which he looks at the latest developments in general terms reflecting safety since the first edition. From practice fences at home up to three-day event standard and courses at all levels, the emphasis in this practical guide is on building safe courses, with fences that inspire confidence--and won't break the bank. This comprehensive guide is crammed with valuable insights for course designers and builders, riders, coaches, organisers and officials.
Described as a horseman, raconteur, philosopher, entertainer and
educator, Pat Parelli is truly a renaissance man in the universe of
horses. "What I teach is so old, it's new," he says. But more
importantly, he's brought a systematic, intelligent and savvy way
to be with horses to people around the globe. Some of his knowledge
and expertise has come easily, some with a high cost.
Imagine in Michael Schumacher had come back to Formula 1 and won the World Championship. This is what Mark Todd has achieved - winning at Badminton in 2011 and being a favourite to win a third Olympic gold medal. Mark Todd retired from eventing in 2000, after the Sydney Olympics, to take up a career as a racehorse trainer and breeder in his native New Zealand. He had a great deal of success but always hankered after competing at the highest level. He set his sights on riding at the 2008 Olympics - he achieved this, jumping a double clear. Based in the UK, Mark has a string of high-class event horses which he competes from March to October.
April 1945. As Allied bombs rain down on Europe, a 400-year-old institution looks set to be wiped off the face of the Earth. The famous white Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, unique and precious animals representing centuries of careful breeding, are scattered across rural Austria and Czechoslovakia in areas soon to be swallowed up by Soviet forces - there, doubtless, to become rations for the Red Army. Their only hope lies with the Americans: what if a small, highly mobile US task force could be sent deep behind German lines, through fanatical SS troops, to rescue the horses before the Soviets arrive. Just five light tanks, a handful of armoured cars and jeeps, and 300 battle-weary GIs must plunge headlong into the unknown on a rescue mission that could change the course of European history. So begins Operation Cowboy, the greatest Second World War story that has never been fully told. GIs will join forces with surrendered German soldiers and liberated prisoners of war to save the world's finest horses from fanatical SS and the ruthless Red Army in an extraordinary battle during the last few days of the war in Europe.
101 Essential and Effective Exercises for Riders of All Abilities
Foreword by Olympic Gold Medalist Jane Holderness-RoddamDevelop a correct, integrated and balanced position with the help of easy-to-follow diagrams, step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting tips.Build a personal training program of ridden and dismounted exercisesAn official training manual for the Association of British Riding SchoolsThis comprehensive and practical guide to improving your riding offers exercises designed to tackle every aspect of the rider's position. The 101 exercises are divided into sections according to the area of the body, with some focusing on specific areas and others involving the entire body. Riders can identify problem areas and create their own personal training program of both ridden and dismounted exercises, while riding instructors can use the exercises to create lesson plans. Each exercise is clearly explained with diagrams and step-by-step instructions and includes invaluable tips to ensure effective results.
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.
Are you and your horse a match made in heaven? Would you like to achieve the perfect partnership between horse and human? If you want the best possible relationship with your horse this is the book for you. With her practical advice and proven success, Kelly Marks can help you achieve amazing results. This book invites you first to analyze your own behaviour and how it affects your horse, and then goes on to show you how to develop mutual trust and respect to form a relationship that doesn't just last but flourishes. This book includes a series of practical exercises and tips that will greatly enhance your feel and timing and therefore your riding and ground work skills. In addition, through case studies and often amusing stories, Kelly explains the best techniques and attitudes to overcome any challenges that may come up in your relationship. Kelly's experience, enthusiasm and humour, alongside her respect and affection for the animals she works with, combine to make this the essential guide for any horse owner.
A growing number of individuals with special needs are discovering the benefits of therapies and activities involving horseback riding. Special Needs, Special Horses, by Naomi Scott, offers information about the amazing results possible with therapeutic riding, or hippotherapy. From recreational riding for individuals with disabilities to the competitions some riders enter (and win), Scott describes the various techniques of the process and its benefits to the physically and mentally challenged. The book explores the roles of the instructors, physical therapists, volunteers, and the horses, and explains carriage driving, vaulting, and educational interactions with horses. Scott profiles individuals involved in the therapy, including clients whose special needs arose from intrauterine stroke, cerebral palsy, transverse myelitis, Parkinson's disease, paralysis, sensory integration dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, shaken baby syndrome, sensory damage, stroke, seizures, infantile spasms, Down syndrome, and autism. Special Needs, Special Horses is an excellent guide for the families of the many who do - or could - enjoy improved lives from therapeutic riding. It will also appeal to practitioners of therapeutic riding as an overview of their profession.
Renowned for their amazing athleticism and unparalleled work ethic, and famed for their big hearts and willingness to go the extra mile, Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) have proven to be the ultimate equine partners in a host of disciplines. In this revised edition-which experts have labelled 'breakthrough racehorse literature', 'superior', 'a winner', and the ultimate training manual'-readers learn everything they need to transition an OTTB from life at the track to life out back. Author, Anna Ford, Thoroughbred Program Director at New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, begins with a discussion of the typical Thoroughbred's early years, then explaining: reasons for retirement, common injuries, health issues, basic feeding and nutrition, and safe handling. Ford goes on to provide step-by-step instructions for building the solid educational foundation the OTTB needs to excel in a new career, whether as a highly trained competitor or a pleasure mount. While hundreds of quality photographs illustrate conscientious and professionally tested training methods, dozens of case studies share how other individuals have successfully retrained ex-racehorses. With recommendations from top equestrians, this book is the go-to reference for anyone interested in pursuing a partnership with an OTTB athlete.
This popular handbook provides a complete course for horse and rider using the German training systems, which are applauded the world over as being clear, logical and thorough and which have consistently produced international champions for decades.
Using the methods practised so successfully on her Intelligent Horsemanship courses, Kelly Marks helps the reader to overcome two of the most common problems encountered by horse and pony owners. In this book, Kelly shows the reader how to lead a reluctant horse. Her methods are based on kindness and basic horse psychology. She then goes on to demonstrate ways of loading a horse into a horsebox at any time and in any situation without causing stress or trauma to either the handler or the horse.
The popular and highly respected horse trainer Mark Rashid brings together Western and Eastern philosophies to demonstrate a seamless new incarnation of horse training. After years of helping "difficult" horses, Mark Rashid understands how to build the foundation of a horse's training and resolve any problems encountered along the way. He explains how he allows the traditionally firm or assertive approach of the old Western style to take some lessons from the softer conflict resolution and ego reduction approach that the Japanese martial art of aikido teaches. Rashid's ultimate goal is for harmony between horse and rider. When Rashid discovered the art of aikido, he came to realize the effect it had on his own sense of self. After extensive training in this martial art form, he learned how to use his mind and body more efficiently and effectively and improved his equine sense to help horses become better competitors and a more pleasurable mount. Aikido helped Rashid become a more informed and more skilled rider and trainer. In this book, Rashid shares that knowledge with readers, allowing them to bond better with their own horses.
Safe riding is correct riding. That's Jan Dawson's motto, and it's the philosophy behind her book, Teaching Safe Horsemanship. Dawson's goal is to provide both English and Western riding instructors with an effective and safe teaching program. She explains how to assess a horse's particular characteristics in order to weed out potentially dangerous animals. She also offers guidelines for assessing instructors and students, including what makes a good instructor and what attitudes can get in the way of learning proper horsemanship. Since 80 percent of all accidents involve falls due to loss of balance, Dawson identifies the techniques that ensure that a horse and rider are in proper balance. Finally, since she is a lawyer as well as a riding instructor, Dawson includes a chapter on securing useful liability forms, what insurance coverage does and does not do, and how to handle accidents and lawsuits. Dawson and her husband teach the only equine law course taught at a law school in the United States.
This is a complete encyclopedia of horse breeds. It is a practical training course on how to ride, shown in step-by-step photographs. It is a visual directory of riding equipment. It offers expert advice on choosing and looking after your horse, including stable management, grooming and exercise, health and first aid. It offers guidance on how to ride, from trotting, cantering and galloping to dressage, cross-country and competition riding. It includes an illustrated directory of saddlery and riding equipment for riders of all levels. This book is an invaluable guide to every aspect of horsemanship, with a fully illustrated directory of breeds of the world, step-by-step instructions on how to ride, and information about specialist equipment for both horse and rider. Over 60 breeds of horse and pony are covered, from the more familiar Thoroughbred and Shetland pony to the less well known Nonius and Caspian. Riding instructions cover every stage, from tacking up for the first time to mastering the intricacies of dressage. The book also includes a directory of equipment, including the saddle, bridle and bit, training aids, horse clothing and protective equipment, and the rider's clothing, with step by step pictures covering every aspect of caring for your horse or pony.
Three top German trainers join forces and provide a problem-solving training manual for dressage riders from novice to Grand Prix level. The German training principles, including the establishment of losgelassenheit (looseness), durchlassigkeit (submission and responsiveness) and schwung (impulsion and swing), are emphasized throughout, giving some insight into why and how Germany produces so many world-beating horses. The book covers the main elements of the horse's education - from early schooling on the lunge through to Grand Prix movements - stressing, throughout, the need for sympathetic management of the horse both during work and when at liberty. It includes a chapter on jumping, with gymnastic grid exercises to supple the dressage horse. It also discusses rider psychology and how to acquire the right attitude to training and competing. Training techniques are presented in an accessible "problems and tips" format, identifying training difficulties and offering solutions. The work may be used as a quick reference, to be dipped into at leisure or as the need arises.
Building a safe and jumpable show jumping course, be it a few practice fences at home or a whole course at a show, requires an awareness of many factors. This leading coursebuilder provides simple guidance. Contents include uprights, oxers or parallels, how to plan a course, double and treble combinations, and the ability and experience of mount and rider.
The perfect guide to improving your horse's confidence, understanding, concentration, suppleness and obedience both on the ground and from the saddle, based on how horses think and respond to training. Dip into the 101 exercises to help you understand and solve a particular problem, or work through them in sequence to develop a solid foundation. Learn both theory and practical skills - from the simplest fundamentals that everyone around horses should know, to the refined techniques of the expert horseman, providing a clear road map' for the journey towards the Art of Horsemanship. Strengthen the partnership between you and your horse from the ground and the saddle with these fundamental horsemanship exercises. Improve your horse's concentration, temperament, suppleness and obedience by using the 101 exercises to solve a particular problem, or string them together to form an individually tailored training program. The exercises progress from the basic to more advanced ideas, harnessing your horse's natural behaviour to help you both work together with incredible results. Strengthen the partnership between you and your horse from the ground and the saddle with these fundamental horsemanship exercises Improve your horse's concentration, temperament, suppleness and obedience by using the 101 exercises to solve a particular problem, or string them together to form an individually tailored training program. The exercises progress from the basics to more advanced ideas harnessing your horse's natural behaviour to help you both work together with incredible results. Includes a foreword by Jane Holderness-Roddam
Dressage is often seen as the most formal and controlled of the equine sports, following an ancient, standardized training progression. For philosophy professor and dressage instructor Sherry Ackerman, dressage is a transformational art, an avenue for reflection, exploration, and self-knowledge through which a rider can experience liberation from the narrowly individual, egoistic self. This second, revised edition of "Dressage in the Fourth Dimension" is a pioneer work in awakening 'dressage consciousness'. It requires readers to deconstruct every assumption they have ever held about riding - to ask 'Why?' and to become okay with not knowing.Drawing on such diverse sources as geometry, ancient Western and Eastern philosophies, and spirituality, Ackerman seeks to heal humanity's alienation from nature through riding and dressage. She points readers toward liberation from societal conditioning, from externally legislated morality and normative thinking, and ultimately from their own egos. Her concept of the Fourth Dimension requires the reader to leave the analytic, objective mind behind and enter into the mystery of inspiration. A short, unique, and enigmatic work that has enjoyed a word-of-mouth reputation among horse people for years yet has also been unavailable, "Dressage in the Fourth Dimension" will challenge riders' assumptions about their horses and themselves.
This title discusses the underlying principles of both classical equitation and the judging process itself. The author explains how the judge's equestrian knowledge must be combined with the highest standards of analytical thought and integrity to produce fair, unbiased and consistent marking, which produces the correct result and offers clear guidance to the competitors. The book then analyses the component elements of dressage tests, explains what judges are looking for, and why, and offers clear concise guidance as to how riders can perform the movements correctly in order to achieve high marks. In addition to discussing all the key movements up to Grand Prix level, the author provides a thoughtful analysis of the intricacies of riding and judging freestyle to music tests. The second part of the book catalogues the history of Olympic dressage. Following an essay on the origins of dressage as an Olympic sport, there is a year-by-year record of the development of key rules and changes to the tests. All the actual tests ridden are reproduced and full results of all competitions are provided. "Dressage: A Guideline for Riders and Judges" offers a book for judges and aspiring judges of all levels and should be useful for all riders who want to discover exactly what judges are looking for and how to achieve it. It should also provide interesting reading for everyone with an interest in the historical development of competition dressage. Wolfgang Niggli is one of the most eminent figures in international dressage. Formerly a successful competitor in all the major disciplines, he has been an international dressage judge since 1964 and has judged at numerous major events, including three Olympic Games. For many years, Niggli has worked to improve the consistency and standards of dressage judging.
The popular and highly respected horse trainer Mark Rashid brings together Western and Eastern philosophies to demonstrate a seamless new incarnation of horse training. After years of helping "difficult" horses, Mark Rashid understands how to build the foundation of a horse's training and resolve any problems encountered along the way. He explains how he allows the traditionally firm or assertive approach of the old Western style to take some lessons from the softer conflict resolution and ego reduction approach that the Japanese martial art of aikido teaches. Rashid's ultimate goal is for harmony between horse and rider.
Most horses benefit from free jumping--it encourages freedom of movement, increases muscular strength, and improves coordination and jumping technique. Using this practical book containing many helpful illustrations, the reader will gain a better understanding of how to prepare for and carry out free jumping, while developing an eye for the horse's general improvement during training.
"Know Your Horse Inside Out" shows how by understanding the way tensions and blocks affect your horse, you can take steps to improve every aspect of his life safely and effectively. Practical and hands-on, this guide will take you step-by-step through the exercises and bodywork that will allow you and your horse to break free of nagging problems and enjoy the benefits of better health and a happier relationship. With useful tips on how to help your horse stay sound, recover from an injury and how to enable him to realize his full potential "Know Your Horse Inside Out" is the essential guide for every horse owner.
Many riders want to try jumping, but are intimidated. This guide helps riders of every age safely learn to jump by presenting a natural approach with progressive, step-by-step exercises, full explanations, and lots of photos and diagrams. It covers everything from preparing a green horse for the first jump to riding a challenging course in a show ring. It includes guidelines for every discipline and every breed of horse, plus information on the demands of different competitive events.
If you are like most people, you know what you want your horse to
do and how you want him to behave. You want your training
experiences to be safe and enjoyable for both you and your horse.
But maybe you aren't sure what to do and when. In 101 Longeing and
Long Lining Exercises you'll find complete ground training lesson
plans from square 1 to square 101. Cherry Hill starts with basic
in-hand and free longeing lessons, then takes you through the
addition of a longe line, cavesson, bridle, surcingle, side reins,
saddle, and long lines. You'll learn a wide variety of ground
training exercises suitable for both English and Western horses.
Each of the exercises is laid out with a diagram, step-by-step instructions, and an explanation of its benefits. The exercises progress from the basic skills to more advanced ones, such as counter-canter and flying changes of lead. This book and its companion volume, Longeing and Long Lining the English and Western Horse: A Total Program, give you a solid foundation for helping your horse work in productive form.
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