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Explore the knowledge and teachings of the old masters in this well illustrated and easy-to-understand riding book Based on the knowledge of the old riding masters, such as Xenophon, Pluvinel, and Steinbrecht, the "Academic Art of Riding" is rooted in the belief that one must train one's horse not only physically, but also mentally, according to the motto: "Two spirits who want to do what two bodies can." Fine communication with the horse as a partner is not only the way to accomplish this, but also the result. The described gymnastic exercises are made to build up the horse and keep it healthy. Starting with the horse's basic training and work in hand, the reader also gets insight into lateral movements, piaffes, and exercises above ground. Furthermore, methods for training and physiotherapy for horses in need of correction, as well the correct seat of the rider, are described. There is also included a checklist which allows the rider to assess their horse.
In this book, Philippe Karl, one of the most outspoken critics of the modern dressage world, reveals some disturbing facts about the physical, anatomical and mental effects through official dressage guidelines as issued by the German Horse Society (FN) on horses. By comparing these with philosophies of masters of classical riding such as La Gueriniere and Baucher, he shows possible solutions to the challenging situation of modern competitive dressage. This book explores key problems of modern dressage: physical aspects, straightness, balance, exercises. It describes the effects of modern dressage, breeding and business. It suggests a classical alternative: the philosophy of 'legerity'.
This title offers a fascinating 'inside-out' view of how the horse uses its body, that is presented in a graphic, easy-to-follow way to aid you in improving all aspects of riding and training. Discover the true effect of riding and training on each part of the horse by seeing the skeleton and major muscles painted on the outside. It includes practical exercises that demonstrate how to improve movement, build the right muscles and increase suppleness in the horse. It includes step-by-step guidance on the correct way to warm-up your horse and stretching routines to help guard against injury. Unlike other books on biomechanics and anatomy "How Your Horse Moves" is truly applied.
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.
Follow-on training exercises for loosening up, swinging, and rotation. This second volume is a modern manual of riding and movement instructions for riders with ambition, who want to ride their horses free of tension, with momentum, via the seat, and with light aids. The author continues her theme of refined gymnastic exercises for horse and rider. With the help of the large physio-ball, our proven training horse, the physical prerequisites for riding in harmony can be achieved in easy stages. The movement sequences for dressage tests at elementary and novice levels as well as all lateral movements are explained in straightforward, easy-to-follow terms.
Equine behaviourist Cathy Tindall has taken the ancient oriental treatment of Shiatsu and developed it into a modern form of massage that any horse lover can use to enhance the health and well being of their horse. In the first part of this book the reader is shown how to perform a simple Shiatsu treatment. Part Two explains the philosophy behind Shiatsu in simple terms for the reader who would like a deeper understanding. The third part introduces the reader to The Five Elements as a means of recognising the characteristic of a horse and gaining a better knowledge of its anatomy. * A practical alternative way for horse-owners to work and establish a relationship with their equine partners. * Easy to use for riders of all levels of ability: the complex subject is simplified and the prime message is practical rather than philosophical.
The relationship between horse owners, riders and their horses can be a wonderful and very close experience. Most riders will encounter problems from time to time, which they attempt to correct, not always successfully, by seeking solutions in the riding school or by talking to horse whisperers. This book explores how mutual trust and respect form the basis of a fulfilling partnership. Every horse needs a trustworthy leader. A rider in whom the horse has no confidence forces the animal to take charge. As soon as a rider understands this balance of power, he or she can establish a small herd relationship as the basis for a successful partnership, leading to a true friendship with their equine companion. This book explains why ranking is so important, and how to establish it. It promotes a sense of partnership and friendship with horses. It explores the challenges for the human leader. It explains how communication through energy transfer can work.
Western riding (in the "cowboy" tradition) is free, relaxed and in harmony with the horse: the dream of many riders. This Horse Guide explains everything you need to know about this popular style of riding, and how to go about it: - The right horse - Equipment - The right saddle & posture - Disciplines - - Western horsemanship - Glossary of Western riding terminology -
Long reining, or lungeing, might be thought of as a means of training a horse at a safe distance, from the ground. The horse is controlled by means of extended double reins and is made to circle its trainer, who is thus able to observe every aspect of the horse's gait. Long reining is used for exercising lame or convalescing horses, for correcting poor gait, and for training horses in dressage. This book illustrates and describes in detail the various aspects of this sometimes complex but invaluable training aid. * Essential reading for anyone actively involved in training horses - those who run riding schools, or whose work involves dealing with injured or unfit horses. * Completely details and illustrates the complexity of this equestrian technique. * Cadmos Horse Guides are a new series of basic equestrian manuals: essential reading for anyone, adult or youngster, who is learning to ride or who already rides and wishes to know more. The books are attractively packaged, inexpensively priced and illustrated in full colour throughout.
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.
Working with long reins is an ideal and, above all, safe way to break horses to harness, and to train the driving horse correctly. This book is an essential training book for all drivers and horse trainers. Heinrich Freiherr von Senden, a successful driver and horse trainer, has developed a structured training programme. Beginning with work on the single lunge, moving on to long reins and then on to the initial hitching, he gives tips and advice from his accumulated wealth of experience, explaining how potential problems can be successfully resolved.
This title covers all facets of lateral work as a foundation for a classical training programme. Lateral work is an essential part of any training programme leading to a supple horse. This book offers a step-by-step guide through all of the lateral movements, introducing exercises to prepare horse and rider for the first lateral movements, through to training exercises, as well as stretching and loosening exercises. The exercises are intended for all types of horses - not just those preparing for competition. Following the many examples provided, the rider is taught how to structure a training session, how to ask the horse clearly for the required movements, and with the help of lateral work to systematically educate the horse.
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
How to use classical dressage, the basis of all other ridden disciplines, to find the best way to ride any individual horse This book explains why and, above all, how to classically train a horse. It explains that riders have to look at each horse as an individual, asking such questions as "What problems does he have? How is his natural crookedness expressed? What is his personality like?" Classical dressage offers a strategy for bringing each and every horse into balance. Anja Beran wants to preserve this knowledge, which has now almost been lost, and make it available to every interested rider in a practical and comprehensible way. She discusses the exercises and describes how to work through them, before explaining in detail which problems can occur and what can be done about them. Classical dressage is guided by the horse's nature, keeping him healthy and strong and helping him to develop a wonderful and expressive personality. In this way, riding becomes a pleasure for horse and rider.
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.
Written for the BHS by a chief examiner, this handbook provides clear guidelines on how the skills of riding should be conducted.;Aimed at qualified and trainee riding instructors, the manual provides advice on a range of subjects, including teaching adult novices and children, whether in groups or one-to-one; effective communication and body language; how to organise lessons; choosing school horses and keeping them happy in their work; safety and insurance; dealing with riding problems, such as nervousness, stiffness, poor co-ordination, and poor balance; and how to cope with mishaps and accidents.;The author, a coach, dressage judge and competitor, offers advice based on over 20 years experience of training career students and competition partnerships and teaches both in the UK and overseas.
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!
If you are considering buying a horse or are about to receive a pony on loan, this superbly illustrated book will guide you through constructions that will benefit both animal and rider. May projects are discussed, along with step-by-step instructions on how to build them. Topics covered include accommodation, as well as background information on planning permission; post-and-rail fencing; dealing with destructive equines; easy to build, novice cross-country jumps; a step-by-step guide to building a pair of show-jump wings; and advice on purchasing the correct materials.
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.
One of the fastest-growing divisions of the breed horse show world is the Hunter Under Saddle, in which horses exhibit the athletic and comfortable gaits that characterize the ideal foxhunting mount. This comprehensive guide to training and showing horses in this discipline takes the reader from assessing the potential of a young horse's conformation and movement, to training and exhibiting the animal in terms of what constitutes a ribbon-winning performance. The book also addresses the differences between these show hunters and those of the "English" hunter world, as well as such training considerations as re-schooling an older horse. Throughout the book, the author stresses the importance of giving horses a solid foundation that will benefit them not only in the Hunter Under Saddle division but elsewhere in the show arena. Whether you ride a horse that shows exclusively in the Hunter Under Saddle division or one that also takes part in Western classes, this book should teach you everything you need to know to get to the winner's circle.
Based on the latest syllabus, this training manual provides clear guidelines on the requirements of this examination and is essential reading for BHS career students and exam candidates. It fully describes the level of practical and theoretical knowledge required for each element of the exam; how candidates should train to ensure competence in every aspect of the syllabus; successful exam technique: what to expect, how to present yourself, how to deal with problems encountered on the day; exam procedure for the practical and oral sections, with valuable test questions and model answers and what the examiners are looking for - in short: how to be successful in this exam.
This marvelous book, borne of a unique collaboration between Dr Allen Schoen - a world-renowned veterinarian and author - and trainer and competitor of many years, Susan Gordon, introduces the 25 principles of compassionate equitation. These principles, conceived by Schoen and Gordon, are a set of developmental guidelines, encouraging a level of personal awareness that may be enacted not only through the reader's engagement with horses, but can be extended to all humans and sentient beings he or she encounters. The 25 Principles share stories and outline studies that identify and support methods of training, handling, and caring for horses that constitute a safe, healthy, non-stressful, and pain-free environment. Through their Compassionate Equestrian programme, the authors encourage all involved in the horse industry, worldwide, to approach training and handling with compassion and a willingness to alleviate suffering. These simple changes, that any horse person can make, can have a vast impact on the horse industry and society as a whole.
Approaching dressage from a newcomer's perspective can be a little daunting.There seems to be so much to learn, so much to understand and some confusion surrounding what judges are looking for in tests. Even experienced riders find it difficult to break out of the 65-70% range in their test marks.Using the steps of accuracy, fluidity, understanding, practice and review Master Dressage gives readers a clear framework on which they can build confidence in their approach to dressage training and test riding. These steps reveal where readers could be losing valuable marks and arms them with the understanding needed to achieve much higher scores. Published privately, the first edition of this book was a great success, garnering over five-star reviews and being placed in the top best-selling books on Amazon. Its popularity owed much to the 'easy to understand language', the clear diagrams and photographs and the overall philosophy of communication, empathy and skill development. These aspects are all retained in this revised edition, which has been expanded to include chapters on groundwork, and rider fitness. After reading this book you will be able to have a better relationship with your horse, ride more beautiful tests and get higher marks.
Give your young horse the best start by building a solid foundation with this essential training guide, from newborn foal to adult horse. Dip in and out of the four distinct sections to solve specific problems, regardless of your horse's age. Tackle new experiences calmly and with confidence by following the step-by-step sequences with explanatory captions and practical tips. Richard begins the book with Making the Decision, covering all the general areas that you should know when buying or breeding a youngster. Richard explores what has changed with working with horses and why over the years, from using round pens and join-up, focusing on owners as well as horses, to creating a training pyramid plan to follow an organized training regime with a logical progression to help you and your horse achieve your goals. Richard asks the important questions you need to answer before committing to owning a youngster and runs through the 10 training principles. He highlights the importance of repetition, establishing a clear means of communication between you and your horse, and understanding how the horse's brain works, from the right side to the left side. There are also areas of special mention: orphan foals and keeping entires. The second chapter runs through training your horse from 0-6 months. Maxwell encourages you to develop your foal's brain from the very beginning. From imprinting and halter training to leading and weaning, the section covers all of the basic techniques for training for your foul at this influential time. The third part of the book looks at preparing your horse for a working life at 6 months-3 years. Maxwell teaches you further halter techniques, tying up, desensitization, techniques for avoiding the challenging year when the horse turns two, tips on preparing for the farrier, bathing, clipping, injections and preparing for loading with a comprehensive step-by-step guide to loading. He also covers preparing for a bridle and circling work. Part 4, Backing and Riding On, focuses on horses aged 3 years+. The chapter explains how to: introduce the first saddle, the first bridle, to teach your young horse to accept the bit, to introduce long-lining, to introduce a rider using a dummy, to back your youngster, and to desensitize on the move. Maxwell goes on to show a day-by-day guide to riding from day one, concluding with an interesting selection of real-life case studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of Maxwell's methods for molding a young horse into a safe, rewarding ride. With valuable checklists, step-by-step instructions, and useful question and answer sections at the end of each chapter, Richard Maxwell really does provide all the essential information you will need to effectively train your young horse.
Horse trainer Jonathan Field has made a name for himself with his
unique ability to give people simple, understandable, doable steps
that lead to working with a horse "at liberty" in a safe and
progressive manner. At its most basic, many think of liberty as
"playing" with a horse without halters, leads, or other tack. True
liberty, says Field, is much more than simply removing equipment
and stepping outside the pen or arena: It is moving with your
horse, communicating only with intention, and creating a seamless,
smooth, and rhythmic dance. "When you do liberty right, you become
one with the herd," he writes. "And not only do you develop an
amazing connection with your horse, but it's one of the most fun
things you will ever do."
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