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On horseback, the positioning and balance of the rider is of paramount importance. But how do they learn the correct seat? Often riders are forced into a posture which they are unable to master due to physical problems alone. The consequence is tension in the rider and tension in the horse. This guide describes with the help of numerous exercises how the rider can find his or her own individual path to a balanced seat and to a better communication with the horse: - Thoughts before mounting - Exercises on the stationery horse - Anatomy - - Criteria for the correct seat - The feeling of balance: legs and buttocks - - The dynamic horse - The relaxed horse - Communicating with the horse's back - - The feeling for motion: the walk, the trot, the canter - Using the seat - - Light aids: weight aids, leg aids, mental aids, rein aids, full halt, half-halt - The author of this guide is a GP, a physiotherapist and an expert riding teacher; she also runs a surgery for hippogenic training * Essential reading for anyone, adult or youngster, who is learning to ride or who already rides and wishes to know more. * Beautifully illustrated, simple and easy-to-follow book.
Choosing the right bit and bridle is a vital part of creating a partnership with your horse. This book explains everything you need to know about a complicated subject in easy-to-understand text and with specially taken photographs. It looks at: * different types of bit and how to fit them correctly * mouthpiece and cheekpiece designs and how they work * traditional and modern material and how to choose the right combination for your horse * which type of noseband to use * how to fit a bridle correctly The book contains advice on a huge range of subjects, from solving problems to bitting young horses, and emphasises that choosing tack must always go hand in hand with correct management handling and schooling.
The aim of this book is to provide new and trainee instructors with inspiration and advice on teaching children to ride, from the very first lesson. Experienced author and instructor, Melissa Troup, discusses all the basics - introducing the pony, mounting, how to sit in the saddle, holding the reins, stopping, starting and steering, and how to teach rising and sitting trot and canter - and moves on to develop young riders' interest through dressage, jumping, cross-country and competitions. Throughout, the emphasis is on safety - and making the lessons fun. In addition to basic teaching techniques, the book looks at how to plan group and private lessons, coaching techniques for different learning styles, safety and risk assessment, child protection issues, and on-the-job problem solving. The book includes numerous example lessons plans, and there are even reproducible hand-outs on stable management, with illustrations and quiz-style questions, specially designed for wet-weather days and off-horse learning. In short, Melissa Troup provides you with everything you need to know to become a wizard instructor, ready to inspire the next generation of young riders.
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.
Riding, or the art of riding, begins at the point where the rider determines the direction of the horse and the speed at which it travels. The successful outcome depends on the combined skills of the partners, as well as the rider's understanding of the mechanisms at his disposal. Here, Sara Wyche explores the relationship between horse and rider, riding aids and their application, and how an understanding of the horse's anatomy can improve riding skills. Illustrated with Sara's own drawings throughout, this will be a thought-provoking book for horse owners and riders.
"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.
Porlock Vale Riding School played a major part in British equestrianism in the years following the Second World War. Under the auspices of Tony Collings, the establishment pioneered the development of cross-country and dressage. Collings himself was among the earliest competitors at Badminton, the founder of the Horse of the Year Show and trainer of the British 1952 Olympic Three-day Event team. After his tragic death in 1954, the team he left behind at Porlock fought to maintain the high standards he had set and increase the number of courses that he had established. This book presents the history of the riding school in its heyday. It is lavishly illustrated with over 150 images - most of which have never been seen before - which include atmospheric shots of the school and its environs, famous horses and riders, and the 1952 Olympic team in training. Written and compiled by the daughter of the manager of the school, it is essential purchase for anyone with an interest in the heritage of modern equestrianism.
Driving and judging dressage is a symbiotic process. Drivers are trying to interpret the requirements of the tests, while judges are trying to estimate the success of the driver's efforts. Both parties need to have roughly similar ideas about the whole purpose of the exercise. The object of this book is to discuss the meaning of the FEI rules for dressage and the problems facing both drivers and judges in meeting the intentions and purposes of the dressage discipline. The author makes the point that, while driven dressage is derived from the ridden discipline, it poses very different problems for both drivers and judges. Pulling even a lightweight carriage in a dressage test requires the horse to use quite different muscles and the driver to use different aids in order to achieve a well-balanced, accurate and lively performance. It is these differences that judges need to understand and appreciate in order to mark all competitors fairly. The book is written in the hope that it will help beginners on both driving and judging dressage.
This book provides solid advice for improved riding, training, and showing. Balance, rhythm, pace, and straightness are the keys to every great hunter/jumper ride, whether on the flat or over fences. "101 Hunter/Jumper Tips" offers suggestions for achieving these goals, as well as solutions to basic and more advanced schooling problems, using techniques from successful riders and trainers that will improve everything from your horse's saddle fit to your own position and mental approach. With sections on tack and equipment, training, preparation for showing, and competition itself, this is a reference guide that no hunter/jumper rider or trainer should miss.
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.
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.
The formative training of a young horse is crucial to its future, making the difference between a positive, willing ride and a troubled under-achiever. This book shows how international eventer, Pippa Funnell-well known for her ability to get the best out of the youngsters she rides N builds a successful bond with the young horse. Using Pippa's personal experience and specially commissioned photographs of the on-going training of her own horses, every step of the process is covered, from assessing potential and backing through to the first competition and beyond. Every rider, whatever their discipline, wants a rewarding partnership with their horse, and this book will show how to lay the essential early groundwork.
This volume offers clear directions to enable anyone with a little ambition and a few good tools to build a wide range of projects.
'Refreshingly honest [...] a highly enjoyable, fascinating read.' Horse and Hound _______________________________________________ "To ride into that arena, next to a sea of British flags and hear the roar of clapping and cheering, was so exciting. It's a sound I will never, ever forget." Charlotte Dujardin and her charismatic horse Valegro burst onto the international sports scene with their record-breaking performance at the London, 2012 Olympics. The world was captivated by the young woman with the dazzling smile and her dancing horse. But no one quite knew what it took to get there, nor how hard the path to success would be - until now. Dujardin began riding horses at the age of two, but dressage was firmly the domain of the wealthy, not the life of a girl from a middle-class family. Her parents sacrificed all and with a undeterred focus, Charlotte left school at 16 to follow her dream. When she was invited to be a groom for the British Olympian Carl Hester, she began to ride Valegro, a dark bay gelding and an unbreakable bond was formed. This is their incredible story.
This is not a horse-training manual but a people-training one. Master horseman and teacher Pat Parelli offers a philosophy he calls "Natural Horse-Man-Ship", a form of horse-human communication in which the human learns to speak "horse" to the horse. The text is a blend of concepts and exercises. The exercises, or manoeuvres, are designed to help readers more fully comprehend the concepts and to help them communicate effectively with their horses. The volume is divided into three sections: "Natural Horse-Man-Ship - An Overview"; "Natural Horse-Man-Ship - On the Ground"; and "Natural Horse-Man-Ship - In the Saddle". Each section uses the six keys Pat has identified as vital in the development of a Natural Horse-Man - Attitude, Knowledge, Tools, Techniques, Time and Imagination. Like the petals of a flower, each key unfolds in the three sections until the heart of Natural Horse-Man-Ship is presented in its entirety.
#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
Every equestrian wants to know: what is the difference between the horse that 'dances' when you are on him, and the one that doesn't? According to Visconte Simon Cocozza, trainer and examiner for the La Federation Francaise d'Equitation (FFE), it all comes down to the horse's posture. The horse's ability to use the powerful mechanisms already built into his body relies not upon the strength we can see on the outside but the strength on the inside. This invisible and complex arrangement of internal 'core' muscles control the horse's posture, suppleness, and agility. Their good condition is the key to the dance. Equine core muscles are very difficult to isolate with the traditional training techniques common to horse sports. However, by examining what we do with the human body when faced with a weak core, we can find new methods for conditioning these areas of the equine body. Visconte Cocozza has taken principles of the human practice of yoga and used them to develop novel ways of reaching deep within the horse's body and gently 'unlocking' areas that may be a little "rusty" while at the same time improving core fitness. In Core Conditioning for Horses, he provides step-by-step instruction explaining easy mounted exercises that enhance the horse's posture, and boost his confidence in his body and movement, making him easier to ride, and ultimately, the dance partner you've always imagined.
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.
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'.
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."
An up to date guide for anyone setting out to build a showjumping course. Future course builders and instructors alike will find clear basic guidelines to follow in planning, building and overseeing the competition through to the end. Though the book is aimed at beginners in all types of competition, there is a special section on building course under Pony Club rules. AUTHOR: Maureen Summers started show jumping in 1947 and rode everything from novices to Grade A - winning the Pro-Am with Nick Skelton at the Horse of the Year Show in 1983. She has built all types of courses, from very minor to FEI standard, at many different venues in the USA, Canada, East, Central and South Africa, the Middle East and Europe (including the Mediterranean Games in Athens). As well as working at Hickstead for twenty years she has designed courses for many other major British shows, including the Royal International and the Horse of the Year (the only woman to have done so). In recent years she has concentrated on designing for Horse Trails ( including Blenheim and the British Open at Gatcombe) and for Pony Club team competitions at these two events. ILLUSTRATIONS: colour photos
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