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Training Strategies for Dressage Riders (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Charles De Kunffy Training Strategies for Dressage Riders (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Charles De Kunffy
R805 R643 Discovery Miles 6 430 Save R162 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Training Strategies for Dressage Riders is a unique guide to the art and technique of dressage, written by one of the most renowned equestrian trainers in the world today. It offers a complete training system for both horse and rider, paying special attention to how a riderís actions can influence a mount. The book provides practical, in-the-saddle advice on a wide range of dressage topics, including:

  • The art of classical equitation
  • The development of the riderís seat and aids
  • Developing the basic gaits
  • Gymnastic improvement
  • Horse insubordination
  • Clinics and competitions judging
Whether you want to prepare for dressage competition or simply improve your riding skills, this is a matchless guide.
Dressage - The Art of Classical Riding (Hardcover, Reprint ed.): Sylvia Loch Dressage - The Art of Classical Riding (Hardcover, Reprint ed.)
Sylvia Loch
R959 Discovery Miles 9 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Hollywood Posse - The Story of a Gallant Band of Horsemen Who Made Movie History (Paperback, New edition): Diana Serra Cary The Hollywood Posse - The Story of a Gallant Band of Horsemen Who Made Movie History (Paperback, New edition)
Diana Serra Cary
R619 Discovery Miles 6 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

After 1912, when the great cattle empires began to crumble, hundreds of seasoned cowboys found themselves jobless. A handful of discarded horsemen, however, stumbled upon an entirely new frontier-Hollywood. In a rare insider's view, Diana Serra Cary tells the story of these cowboys, who survived for another fifty years as riders, stuntmen, and doubles for the stars. Filled with humorous anecdotes, The Hollywood Posse reveals the full story of the cowboys' long and bitter feud with autocratic director Cecil B. De Mille; their relationships with the great Western stars-from the flamboyant Tom Mix to the durable John Wayne; and above all, their touching loyalty, code of honor, and devotion to each other.

101 Arena Exercises - A Ringside Guide For Horse And Rider (Paperback): Cherry Hill 101 Arena Exercises - A Ringside Guide For Horse And Rider (Paperback)
Cherry Hill
R680 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R124 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Cherry Hill has done it again: created a one-of-a-kind equestrian workbook that's sure to become a standard in the field. 101 Arena Exercises is a ringside exercise book for riders who want to improve their own and their horses's skills. The book is presented in unique "read-and-ride" format that allows it to be hung like a calendar for quick and easy reference.

Exercises -- suitable for both English and Western riders -- progress naturally from simple, basic skills such as the "Working Walk and Jog" to the more advanced "Two Squares" and "Flying Change." Hill presents recognized classic exercises along with her original patterns and maneuvers, offering a wide variety of useful drills for anyone who rides. In addition, 101 Arena Exercises is a valuable workbook for trainers and instructors interested in exploring new teaching methods.

Riding drills included are:

* Collected Canter

* Long and Low

* Loosen Up

* Circle and Leg Yield

* Trot-Halt-Back-Walk

* Zigzag Half Pass

* Long Serpentine

* Rollback

* Spiral

* Figure 8

Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse - Manege Patterns for Classical Training (Hardcover): Charles De Kunffy Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse - Manege Patterns for Classical Training (Hardcover)
Charles De Kunffy
R717 R577 Discovery Miles 5 770 Save R140 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Howell Equestrian Library is a distinguished collection of books on all aspects of horsemanship and horsemastership. The nearly fifty books in print offer readers in all disciplines and at all levels of competition sound instruction and guidance by some of the most celebrated riders, trainers, judges and veterinarians in the horse world today. Whether your interest is dressage, show jumping or Western riding, or whether it's breeding, grooming or health care, Howell has a book to answer your needs.
Get to know all the books in the Howell Equestrian Library: many are modern-day classics and have achieved the status of authoritative references in the estimation of those who ride, train and care for horses.
The Howell Equestrian Library

Dancing with Horses (Paperback): Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling Dancing with Horses (Paperback)
Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling
R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Dominance without punishment, collection without rein pressure, these apparent contradictions are explained as this charismatic new author demonstrates his revolutionary method of teaching and training based upon precisely defined body language. The method, a way of communicating in a visual language understood by the horse, assists the rider to develop a 'presence' and to achieve interaction with the horse. It is classically based and embodies both holistic and spiritual principles. Packed with marvellous colour photographs this book has already been a bestseller in Germany, France, Spain and Scandinavia and will enthral every horse owner.

Posture and Performance - Principles of Training Horses from the Anatomical Perspective (Board book): Gillian Higgins,... Posture and Performance - Principles of Training Horses from the Anatomical Perspective (Board book)
Gillian Higgins, Stephanie Martin; Foreword by Adam Kemp
R543 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the author of the hugely successful titles How Your Horse Moves and Horse Anatomy for Performance, comes a completely different training manual, also based on the Horses Inside Out philosophy: 'Understanding Anatomy Improves Performance and Reduces the Risk of Injury'. Divided into three main parts: Principles of Anatomical Riding and Training; Exercises for Horse and Rider; Troubleshooting, the book contains a wealth of practical tips and exercises broken down into easy to follow, well-illustrated steps showing how riders can improve their riding skills and potential. The author suggests ways to improve horses' physique, posture, flexibility, stability, core strength, performance and movement and how to reduce muscular and movement problems, and reduce the risk of injury. This beautifully illustrated book looks at how to deliver a safe, varied, fun, effective and achievable training programme. It provides all the ingredients for riders to make informed decisions to maximise their own and their horse's potential, gain more enjoyment, satisfaction and improve their skills.

Jane Savoie's Dressage Between the Jumps - The Secret to Improving Your Horse's Performance Over Fences (Paperback):... Jane Savoie's Dressage Between the Jumps - The Secret to Improving Your Horse's Performance Over Fences (Paperback)
Jane Savoie
R640 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Paddock Paradise (Paperback, Revised with New Preface. ed.): Jaime Jackson Paddock Paradise (Paperback, Revised with New Preface. ed.)
Jaime Jackson
R634 R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Paddock Paradise is natural horse care advocate Jaime Jackson's groundbreaking adventure in natural boarding for horses. Based on Jackson's research on wild horses, this book outlines a revolutionary model for safe, natural horsekeeping, hoof care, and the healing and rehabilitation of lame horses. The premise of Paddock Paradise is to stimulate horses to behave and move naturally according to their instincts. Natural movement is the key to having physically and mentally healthier horses. This unique model is adaptable to virtually all size horse properties, regardless of climate, and is suitable for all equine breeds.

The Man behind the Mike - Mike Tucker: The Voice of Equestrianism (Hardcover): Jane Wallace The Man behind the Mike - Mike Tucker: The Voice of Equestrianism (Hardcover)
Jane Wallace; Foreword by Ian Stark
R543 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mike Tucker was born into a life of farming and horses. His passion and hard work enabled him to progress from international groom to successful international event rider, top level Eventing official and television commentator. The pinnacle of Mike's career as a commentator was covering Nick Skelton's Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 for the BBC. In `The Man Behind the Mike' we learn about Mike's family history and the connection with the Badminton Estate where his grandfather farmed; The Beaufort Pony Club, a huge influence in his life with many top level riders being members; a visit to Australia, staying with the Roycroft family, which proved to be a pivotal moment in his efforts to become a successful event rider; and about Mike's second place at Badminton, which laid the foundations of his credibility as a rider and commentator. The `voice behind the microphone' had the experience and knowledge to commentate with authority and to command respect from the listening public at venues of not just horse trials but also show jumping, dressage, and shows in general. The wealth of experience and lifetime involvement in the world of equestrian sport has enabled him to travel all over the world meeting many different people and sharing his expertise. We are told many funny, revealing, fascinating and sometimes sad anecdotes of his experiences of the successes and failures along the way and we are given a true insight into the real stories behind the headlines, and `The Man Behind the Mike'.

Horse Movement - Structure, Function and Rehabilitation (Hardcover): Gail Williams Horse Movement - Structure, Function and Rehabilitation (Hardcover)
Gail Williams; Illustrated by Alexa McKenna
R803 R688 Discovery Miles 6 880 Save R115 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Anatomy, particularly functional anatomy, is a vital and dynamic subject, an appreciation of which leads not only to superior husbandry and welfare, but also to a better understanding of the anatomical challenges associated with riding, training, overtraining, injury and rehabilitation. Using Alexa McKenna's fabulous illustrations, this book shows the correlation of the skeleton, muscular system and locomotion, providing a clear insight into the functional and dysfunctional horse. It also addresses the largely misunderstood concept of 'perfect conformation' and looks at the effect on function of the rider and tack, using cutting-edge diagnostic techniques such as thermal imaging and gait analysis. Again with the emphasis on the visual, readers will be able to appreciate how muscles function in differing athletic disciplines by analysing the heat generated in musculoskeletal structures after exercise. This will also highlight the importance of post-competition recovery. The book concludes with a range of useful techniques to improve the function of any horse, including stretches, taping, wrapping and other proprioceptive techniques to increase balance, flexibility, awareness and posture.

Realistic horses coloring book - adult coloring books animals (Paperback): Happy Arts Coloring Realistic horses coloring book - adult coloring books animals (Paperback)
Happy Arts Coloring
R204 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
BHS Complete Horsemanship Volume 3, 3 (Paperback): British Horse Society BHS Complete Horsemanship Volume 3, 3 (Paperback)
British Horse Society
R622 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R116 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An in-depth approach to developing your professional career pathway as a groom, coach or rider. This title introduces the practical element of cross country jumping, further develops your lungeing technique and considers requirements and knowledge for management and care of the horse and yard. Volume 3 expands on the BHS Complete Horsemanship foundation series to support an equestrian professional.

The Horse Rider's Hacking Handbook (Paperback): Karen Bush, Stephen Jenkinson The Horse Rider's Hacking Handbook (Paperback)
Karen Bush, Stephen Jenkinson
R404 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R38 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Whether you are a novice or more experienced rider, hacking out is one of the most pleasurable ways of spending time in the saddle. From tacking up to cooling down, this book is an essential guide to happy hacking on- and off-road.

Easy-Gaited Horses (Paperback): Lee Ziegler Easy-Gaited Horses (Paperback)
Lee Ziegler
R499 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R25 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For more than 30 years, Lee Ziegler has been one of the foremost advocates of gaited horses in North America and Europe. Through her writing and in her clinics, she has introduced countless riders to the pleasures of riding a horse that is calm, obedient, relaxed, alert, sure-footed, easily maneuvered, and consistent in his gait.
Now, in "Easy-Gaited Horses," Ziegler offers a comprehensive guide to riding and training gaited pleasure horses. And unlike the old methods that called for manipulation of a horse's hooves or other gimmicks that could be cruel, Ziegler offers training methods that are gentle, humane, and produce a gaited horse that can be ridden in his gait barefoot, trimmed to his natural angles, with a mild bit, or even without one.
Ziegler begins by defining various types of gaits, explaining how they look to an observer and how they feel to the rider. Next, adopting a whole-body approach to training, she reveals the importance of understanding equine anatomy. She then discusses how to introduce the horse to a variety of gaits: the ordinary walk, the flat walk, the fox trot, the running walk, the saddle rack, and the canter. She explains how to ride a multi-gaited horse, how to handle gait problems, and even how to retrain an easy-gaited show horse for pleasure riding. Ziegler also discusses how to train gaited foals and colts and explains what preparation is necessary before taking the young horse on his first ride.
As riders grow older, comfort on horseback becomes more of an issue. That's where easy-gaited horses step in. Their unique, smooth gaits allow riders to enjoy time in the saddle with minimal physical exertion.

Real Life Dressage - Training Advice from Novice to Grand Prix (Paperback, Illustrated Ed): Carl Hester, Polly Ellison Real Life Dressage - Training Advice from Novice to Grand Prix (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Carl Hester, Polly Ellison
R531 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Dressage doesn't have to be complicated! In Real Life Dressage Carl Hester shares his training methods and shows how they can be adapted to suit individual horses. Assisted by co-writer Polly Ellison, he outlines his training regimes and favourite exercises, following some of his own horses up the levels to Grand Prix. As the training progresses Carl examines the problems that are commonly encountered, and explains how he and other riders might overcome them. As Carl says, 'I have deliberately chosen horses with differing conformations and mental attitudes in order to illustrate the factors that need to be taken into account when training a horse to these levels.' Carl's training philosophy is very much on the lines of the German training system, the 'Richtlinien' or broad path, that German trainers use so successfully. 'With each of my horses, no matter what type or temperament, the fundamental ground rules from the "scales of training" apply. In working up the levels to Grand Prix you will see that I regularly refer back to various aspects of the training scale, as I believe these ground rules should be applied constantly if you want to get the best out of your horse.'

Renegade Champion - The Unlikely Rise of Fitzrada (Paperback): Richard R. Rust Renegade Champion - The Unlikely Rise of Fitzrada (Paperback)
Richard R. Rust; Foreword by Rita Mae Brown
R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"If you buy that horse, you're buying your daughter's death warrant," Jane Pohl's father was warned at the army barracks in the spring of 1941. But the potential that his teenage daughter Jane saw in the small, temperamental Thoroughbred was enough to convince him otherwise. Earlier that year, when Fitzrada arrived at the army base where Jane's family lived, the horse was stubborn, unpredictable, and dangerous. Any man who dared addle him up soon found himself face down in the dirt. Jane, excited to ride any horse and up for the challenge, had the most success with Fitz. She was patient and consistent, and the horse responded well at last, showing a great affinity for jumping. Then, inexplicably, a terrible riding accident resulted in serious injuries for both Jane and Fitz, and the army decide that it was time to destroy the horse. Heartbroken, Jane pleaded with her reluctant father: the only way to save Fitz was to buy him from the army. Jane Pohl's foresight proved to be correct. Jane and Fitz went on to take the Virginia show-jumping circuit by storm, winning 37 jumper and 6 hinter championships. At a time when women were rarely seen in jumping classes at horse shows and were not taken seriously by male competitors, Jane and Fitz helped to break down barriers against women riders competing in the Olympics. In 1946, Jane and Fitz found themselves at the Jumper Championship at the prestigious National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden-the highest jumping title in North America. The road there for horse and rider was a five-year test of faith, patience, and understanding friendship.

Kottas on Dressage (Hardcover): Arthur Kottas-Heldenburg Kottas on Dressage (Hardcover)
Arthur Kottas-Heldenburg
R674 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R132 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

If you want to progress up from novice and need some help with the more advanced novice and elementary movements you will find this book really helpful. Kottas looks at each of the horses paces and gives a clear guide to what is required and most importantly how to achieve this. There are some excellent illustrations which clearly show everything from the rider's aids to the flexion required from the horse. The book also includes some stunning photographs which again are very easy to understand. There are also sections on lateral movements, changes of lead and piaffe and passage for those with greater ambitions.

Equine Biomechanics for Riders (Paperback): Karin Blignault Equine Biomechanics for Riders (Paperback)
Karin Blignault 1
R799 R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Save R115 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

By understanding how the horse's biomechanics works and how to influence it, most of the misunderstanding between horse and rider is avoidable, and the vast majority of schooling problems solvable. Although in its infancy, equine sport science teaches us how a horse's body and mind functions. Through an understanding of this natural science, together with literature left to us by the classical masters, training horses, without the dependence on gadgets, becomes extremely easy and logical. The knowledge of equine biomechanics turns horse training and riding teaching into a completely logical process.In this work, Karin Blignault investigates the horse's natural methods of performing movements and compares this with the movements he performs in dressage and jumping. Examining each individual gait and movement - including lateral work, piaffe, passage, flying changes - the author highlights the biomechanical difficulties the horse encounters in his effort to please the rider, gives suggestions to riders and trainers on how to overcome these difficulties, and further gives judges pointers on how to recognize these problems.

The Classical Seat - A Guide for the Everyday Rider (Paperback, Reprint ed.): Sylvia Loch The Classical Seat - A Guide for the Everyday Rider (Paperback, Reprint ed.)
Sylvia Loch
R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Art of Classical Horsemanship (Hardcover): Egon Von Neindorff Art of Classical Horsemanship (Hardcover)
Egon Von Neindorff
R1,099 R881 Discovery Miles 8 810 Save R218 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Egon von Neindorff dedicated his life to the knowledge and promotion of the classical art of riding. He never wanted to be a reformist but purely an interpreter. He truly understood the philosophy of classical riding and was therefore able to teach his numerous national and international students to develop their own style. The essence of classical dressage requires a deep affection for the horse as well as understanding, sensitivity, humility, and devotion. In this book, von Neindorff illustrates in more than 30 chapters his profound understanding of the natural training of horses. It encompasses a body of knowledge that was previously only taught at his riding establishment in Karlsruhe.

Many Brave Fools - A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency...and Horses (Paperback): Susan E Conley Many Brave Fools - A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency...and Horses (Paperback)
Susan E Conley
R435 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R73 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Codependency, a compulsive behavior sometimes known as "relationship addiction," is often characterized by a dysfunctional, one-sided relationship that is emotionally destructive--even abusive. For years Susan Conley found herself trapped, married to an addict whose health, welfare, and safety she valued far above her own. Over time she watched as she lost contact with her own needs, desires, and sense of self. But then at forty-two, after yet another crisis came to an anticlimactic resolution that left nothing healed and little to hope for, she decided, having never so much as touched a horse, to take up riding. Here, with humor and honesty, Conley chronicles her experiences, sharing how her pledge to rediscover herself following her divorce was aided, abetted, and challenged by the horses in her life. "They were as large a part of my recovery as were any of the self-help books I read, personal development workshops I did, and 12-step meetings I attended," she writes. "The struggle to heal the wounds of a dysfunctional marriage was actually made easier via the real wounds received from horseback riding." Many Brave Fools explores the ways in which horses enriched Conley's life, and how the process of making herself into a rider also helped her become the person she most wanted to be: not the "ex-wife of an addict," but a responsive, confident, even courageous woman, entering the prime of her life.

The Rider's Balance - Understanding the weight aids in pictures (Hardcover): Sylvia Loch The Rider's Balance - Understanding the weight aids in pictures (Hardcover)
Sylvia Loch; Foreword by Charlotte Dujardin
R542 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is designed for all riders from the very novice to the most advanced. Sylvia Loch teaches through illustrations and photos how each tiny shift of the rider's weight will affect the horse's balance. The weight aids are generally taught only to higher level students especially those learning the more advanced skills. Yet, by including them from the beginning, novice riders will develop a much greater understanding of their own bodies and abilities and those of the horse from day one. In the Author's words...`The time has surely come to show all riders how their body-weight impacts on the horse for good or bad. Feel and balance should govern the whole ethos of equitation. In this book, I show through pictures how the giving of the aids can transform the horse in each and every movement so that our communication with this wonderful animal takes us to new levels of understanding and empathy.'

British and Foreign Horses - A Comprehensive Guide to Equestrian Knowledge Including Breeds and Breeding, Health and Management... British and Foreign Horses - A Comprehensive Guide to Equestrian Knowledge Including Breeds and Breeding, Health and Management (Paperback)
Various, J Prince-Sheldon
R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Horses and Hunting - A Guide on Equestrian Knowledge with Information on Training and Breeding (Paperback): Various, J... Horses and Hunting - A Guide on Equestrian Knowledge with Information on Training and Breeding (Paperback)
Various, J Prince-Sheldon
R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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