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Experience the sheer joy of being one with your horse and one with nature.
When you're riding the trails with your horse, you enjoy a refreshing feeling of freedom, the exhilaration of exploration, and an invigorating escape from the demands of the day. You're in control--as long as you can control the 1,000-pound creature you're riding. Trail Riding: A Complete Guide takes you from the basics to more advanced trail riding skills with information on: How to choose a horse, including basics on conformation Finding the best trail-riding lessons, tack, and equipment Feeding, care, grooming, health care, and stable management Conditioning--for the horse and yourself Trailering to trails Advanced trail riding, including information on camping with your horse, how competitive trail riding is judged, and racing on the trail Tips on how to find the best trails, both locally and around the country
This book helps you develop the knowledge and skills that will give you a leg up every time you climb in the saddle. You and your horse will become the perfect pair for relaxing yet energizing adventures off the beaten path.
A unique book combining the talents of an exercise specialist, physical therapist, and gifted rider. Together, they've created a whole new exercise and stretching program to practice off the horse and improve your performance on the horse.
One of the more frequent challenges faced by equestrians is how to
improve their performance. They express frustration that they often
possess identical-if not superior-physical attributes to their
competitors, yet they're consistently being out-performed by that
competition. In many cases, the problem is rooted in self-doubt,
which limits their levels of performance.
The origins of modern dressage lie in the Classical style of riding as practised at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna; this book goes back to those roots, showing how horses can be trained in hand - without a rider, using the lunge or long rein. Although most equestrian hobbyists do not practice these specialist training methods themselves, the principles involved are of exceptional interest to dressage enthusiasts and traditional trainers. As a result, this textbook is more than a practical training manual; it is an attractive reading package with excellent colour photographs. The author trained at the Spanish Riding School for eight years; he continued his training in Spain & Portugal; today he trains riders near Vienna.
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.
The essential saddlebag reference for getting the most out of your horseback riding adventures! Written with both the experienced and the casual rider in mind," Florida on Horseback" is the first volume of a complete guide to riding on public land in Florida. From Ocala (the state's "Horse Capital") to the Everglades, veteran equestrian Cornelia Henderson has carefully researched and ridden every trail included in this book. Henderson provides the essentials for each horseback adventure: a full description of each trail, directions, and photographs, as well as a quick-reference rating system for each trail and its facilities and icons addressing such issues as sun exposure, difficulty level, and camping accommodations. For those without a horse of their own, nearby horse rental venues are suggested. An overview of the ecosystems, foliage, and wildlife to be found in each area rounds out the coverage. Whether discovering the south and central wilds of the state or investigating previously unknown places close to home, readers will find that Henderson's expert advice will enable tourists and seasoned horse enthusiasts alike to confidently explore the beauty of Florida from horseback.
Written with both the experienced and the casual rider in mind, ""Florida on Horseback II"" offers more of what readers loved in ""Florida on Horseback"", both written by equestrian Cornelia Bernard Henderson. This volume covers all of the available trails, state parks, beaches, and horse rental venues from Ocala - the unofficial ""horse capital of the world"" - north to the state line, east to Jacksonville, and west to Pensacola. Adventures abound, including Big Shoals State Park, Devil's Hammock, Eglin Air Force Base Property, and Mickler's Beach. The guide is a handy companion for an experienced rider's weekend kit or an amateur's library. And for those without horses of their own, suggestions on nearby horse rental venues are included. Henderson provides an overview of the Florida ecology riders will encounter in their travels, as well as a profile of each destination. ""Florida on Horseback"" includes directions, maps, photographs, and thorough descriptions of facilities and trails. A quick reference rating system and information on sun exposure, difficulty level, and camping accommodations makes this a must-have guide for trail riders and horse campers. Whether you're a local exploring some of the state's wilderness or a tourist looking to gallop along a beach, ""Florida on Horseback"" will help you enjoy the millions of acres in the state open to riding.
Beginning with equine evolution and domestication, Dr. Miller and Rick Lamb focus on the contributions of such classical horsemen as Xenophon, Pluvinel, nineteenth-century "whisperers, tamers, and professors," and modern masters like the Dorrances, Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli, John Lyons, and their disciples, and the connection between rodeo and natural horsemanship. The authors describe how the horse's mind works, how horses learn, and how the revolution has used those principles, especially with regard to a training regimen for newborn foals developed by Dr. Miller that produces positive results to last a lifetime. These training methods include new techniques in riding, such as preliminary groundwork and the independent seat, as well as visualization and other aspects of sport psychology, yoga, and allied disciplines. Appendices assess innovations in hoof care, nutrition, and veterinary treatment, including so-called "alternative therapies."
This book is a complete guide to maintaining soundness, with top veterinary advice from the experts, to help every horse owner keep their horse consistently healthy and rideable, and deal with problems as they arise. It tackles the key areas in which the horse can be plagued by persistent problems that lead to loss of performance: the legs, back and teeth. It contains accessible, clear information with detailed descriptions and photographs to aid diagnosis as well as practical advice on treating and dealing with problems, from headshaking to laminitis.
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!
A t some point in every rider's life, the notion arises that being an instructor would be a rewarding career, whether it's giving "up-down" lessons to novices at the stable or producing national and even world-class champions. Offering authoritative and realistic advice, addressing such critical issues as: Deciding whether you have the personality, horsemanship, and teaching skills to become an instructor. Finding an entry-level job, including assessing the facility's approach to education and involvement in horse sports. Getting along with the owner/manager and fellow instructors.. Coping with show-ring issues at home and at the competition, and developing a relationship with show management, judges, and other professionals. Deciding to move on, including the pros and cons of opening your own teaching/training facility. Packed with entertaining and informative true-life adventures (including "war stories") from well-known hunter/jumper, Western, dressage, and eventing trainers, this is an invaluable guide.
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 go-to manual for any horse owner, this book addresses a range of equine behavioral problems, from the mild--refusing to stand still or tail rubbing, for example--to the severe, such as rearing under saddle or attacking other horses. With topics broken into four main categories--bad habits in the stable, correcting ground manners, problems under saddle, and the reluctant traveler--noted rancher and horse book author Heather Smith Thomas dissects each topic by addressing the source of the problem, providing solutions to the behavioral issue, and discussing what to do if the fix doesn't stick.
The average rider doesn't have Olympic aspirations and a $10,000
horse. Most riders just want to learn as much as they can about
horses, to ride as well as possible, and to enjoy the companionship
of their equine partners. Many riders, however, feel frustrated
with their lack of progress, struggle with uncomfortable tack or
painful joints, or find themselves losing confidence after a
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.
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.
Jane Savoie's books have changed the way people ride. She was the first to promote mental training tools and techniques as integral to competitive riding success, and her cross-training concepts for the horse--how to use dressage fundamentals for every equestrian sport--have been called "not just a read, but a must read for every hunter-jumper rider" by George Morris, former Chef d'Equipe of the US Show Jumping Team. Now Savoie has created a book specifically for equestrian sports with a jumping component--hunter, jumper, equitation, and eventing. In Dressage Between the Jumps, she breaks down the six most common problem areas she sees when horses jump: "whoa" and "go;" rhythm; suppleness through the poll, neck, body, back, and hindquarters; contact and connection; collection; and flying changes. Then she fills the rider's toolbox with targeted exercises on the flat--simple solutions to the nagging problems that prevent riders and horses from doing their best over all kinds of obstacles. Her excellent lessons gradually incorporate ground poles and low fences to build skills without stressing the horse's body. Throughout, top riders share their own stories and insight, demonstrating numerous ways dressage exercises helped solve real problems over fences. With incredible clarity and her trademark enthusiasm, Savoie arms readers with knowledge, confidence, and problem-solving prowess that will result not only in clear rounds, but a happier horse, ready and willing to perform in partnership.
This illustrated guide is a sequel to Starting to Drive. It offers advice on carriages, the correct fitting of harness, showing and eventing, as well as solutions to such common problems as fear of traffic, pulling, refusing to stand quietly, and driving in the company of other horses.
Learn to ride correctly, safely, and confidently
In this breakthrough guide, renowned riding expert Gincy Self Bucklin offers adult riders a unique, proven method for developing a good physical, mental, and emotional relationship with a horse. Whether you're a beginner, a more experienced rider looking to enhance your skills, or someone who used to ride but is reluctant to try again, Bucklin's step-by-step exercises-slowly and carefully practiced first on the ground and then on your horse-will have you riding with confidence and without fear. You'll build a safe and caring partnership with your horse as you:
"If you' ve ever said to yourself, 'Why can' t I . . . ?, ' you'
ll find the answer here to why you can' t, and exactly how to solve
the problem. Whatever your level, you'll gain greater understanding
and become a better rider and horseman from reading this
"How Your Horse Wants You To Ride is chock full of innovative
and practical tools presented in a thoroughly entertaining style. A
delightful read for riders at all levels!"
Master the 40 basic elements essential to all riders in the classic disciplines of dressage, jumping, and eventing with this book and 90-minute DVD showing action sequences for each fundamental. These fundamentals include correct seat, leg, and hand positions for the rider; the three basic gaits of walk, trot, and canter; how to perform halt and half-halt; how to direct a horse's movement correctly and energetically; the stages of the training scale (rhythm, looseness, contact, impulsion, straightness, and collection); and how to perform basic schooling figures in the arena, from circles and serpentines to diagonals. Each fundamental is defined and explained in text and photos throughout the book, as well as in the 90-minute DVD, with an emphasis on how to avoid common errors. The DVD won a Telly Award for excellence in video production.
It is no longer enough for equestrian students to be adept solely with grooming tools and saddle soap - communications skills in the form of presentation of lecturettes are now an important part of exam syllabuses. This book contains a series of lectures covering the stable management syllabus of the BHS stages I and II examinaitons. Each lecture is presented complete with preparation notes, full text and clear diagrams, some of which can be photocopied and used as a teaching aid. In addition the author has calculated the length of time each lecture takes and this, together with the chapter on lecturing techniques, will prove important for both students and practising instructors.
This new translation provides riders with the anatomical basis for correct riding. Only with a working knowledge of human anatomy can a rider fully understand the instructions given for correct position in the saddle and explanations of movements.
Drawing on centuries of European practice, The Elements of Dressage
will help any reader perfect the union between horse and rider.
Dressage has been around since the time of the ancient Greeks, but
reached its heights in Europe, and particularly in Germany. The
German approach is now the preferred method in most countries, and
the author has been teaching it for more than fifty years.There are
ten principal elements in the German method, and they include:
relaxation, regularity, freedom, contact, straightness, and
Durchlassigkeit.Both beginning and advanced trainers and riders
will learn why the ten elements exist, how to develop them in a
horse, and even when not to use them. Starting with the basics, and
moving on towards the most subtle aspects, The Elements of Dressage
is the complete guide to the art of training and riding a horse. (7
x 9 3/4, 128 pages, diagrams)Kurd Albrecht von Ziegner has operated
an internationally renowned riding school in Mechtersen, Germany,
south of Hamburg, since 1971. Trained as an officer in the cavalry
school in Hannover, he became a leading NATO officer in the 1950s
and took over, among other things, the construction of the Turkish
cavalry school in Ankara. He is also one of the most prominent and
successful dressage trainers in the United States, where he
developed a new judging system, the Prix St. James. Winner of the
German Rider Cross in Gold, the author shares insights from more
than fifty years of training. He is also the author of many
articles and books, including The Basics: A Guideline for
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