The Man Who Listens to Horses
Hardcover ISBN: 0679456589
A real-life "horse whisperer" discusses his unconventional and gentle equine training methods, his unique ability to communicate with horses, and the applications of his communication skills in the corporate world. 100,000 first printing. Tour.
Storey's Guide to Training Horses
Ground Work, Driving, Riding
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1603425446
A well-trained horse is a pleasure to ride, confident and secure in what he has learned and eager to work with his handler. Providing a horse with a solid foundation for lifelong learning one built on positive reinforcement and focused, progressive practice sessions is one of the best investments an owner can make in her horse. In this revised and updated edition of her best-selling book, Heather Smith Thomas helps every trainer set her horse on the proper path with training lessons that are readily adjusted to each horses unique personality. Her techniques and methods are useful for starting any horse children's ponies, Western trail-riding horses, English riding or jumping horses, working farm and ranch horses, and horses intended for showing or high-level competition. Frustrated owners will also find an entire chapter on retraining an animal that has acquired bad habits. Storey's Guide to Training Horses includes all the lessons that readers need to develop a well-trained horse from ground work to galloping and from choosing a bit to trailer training. This is the handbook that owners and riders will rely on for answers to every training question.
101 Arena Exercises
A Ringside Guide for Horse & Rider
Paperback ISBN: 088266316x
Suggests exercises for both English- and Western-style riders, progressing from basic skills to more advanced maneuvers and patterns
101 Ground Training Exercises for Every Horse & Handler
Paperback ISBN: 1612120520
Ground training is the key to safe, successful riding and a strong bond between horse and rider. In 101 Ground Training Exercises for Every Horse & Handler, best-selling equestrian author Cherry Hill offers a comprehensive series of exercises that cover every aspect of ground training, from haltering to driving, from turning to transitions, from backing to body languages. The book is appropriate for work with horses of every age and breed, and it features a pre-cut hole placed so that the book can be hung in the barn or on a fence post, allowing for easy reference during training. With this book in hand, riders of all disciplines and levels can help their horses become responsive companions that are a pleasure to ride.
25 Projects for Horsemen
Money Saving, Do-It-Yourself Ideas for the Farm, Arena, and Stable
Hardcover ISBN: 1599212129
Owning a horse is one of life’s great pleasures—and expenses. Here, finally, is a user-friendly and thoroughly illustrated one-stop shop of cost-saving ideas to help all horse owners (and/or their significant others) get more for their money than they ever imagined possible. 25 Projects for Horsemen is chock full of easy-to-follow, do-it-yourself projects for barn, riding arena, paddock, or pasture. Numerous photos and schematic drawings accompany step-by-step instructions for everything from small, useful projects such as saddle stands and grooming boxes; to more ambitious undertakings such as barn and stall doors and making your own jumps. There are also indoor crafts projects involving sewing and cooking. With easy-to-read type and a convenient layout, 25 Projects for Horsemen will help all horsemen (and horsewomen)—whether one-horse backyard owners or professional, multi-horse barn managers, and Western- or English-style riders alike—to get those long-planned (or never dreamt of) projects off the drawing board without going bankrupt.
60 Amazingly Achievable Lessons to Improve Your Horse When Time Is Short
Paperback ISBN: 1570766207
Presenting a revolutionary new method of horse training, this guide enables instructors to achieve significant results in only three minutes a day. While most training sessions typically last much longer, most horses, when given the proper instruction, are able to achieve the desired goal in surprisingly short sessions. These techniques, broken down into brief digestible lessons, are perfect for the time-starved modern horse owner who realizes that it is the quality of the training that matters, not the time spent performing it. This refreshing and realistic new method offers 35 ground exercises, 24 riding exercises and 25 exercises that re-create real-life riding situations, all designed to cultivate a safe, sane, and well-trained horse.
40 Fundamentals of English Riding
Essential Lessons in Riding Right
Hardcover ISBN: 1603427899
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.
50 Best Arena Exercises and Patterns
Essential Schooling for English and Western Riders
Hardcover ISBN: 1570767998
Offering a wide variety of ideas to spice up training routines, this handy reference provides fresh exercises for daily schooling. A well-designed training plan is indispensable for keeping a horse fit and healthy, and riders are constantly looking for new inspiration to keep boredom at bay in both horse and rider. This guide provides upbeat patterns and exercises that take the necessary task of essential schooling and add variety and challenge to everyday workouts. Equestrians looking for new tools to add to their training arsenal and those looking to create a supple and gymnasticized horse will relish this fun collection of practice routines.
55 Corrective Exercises for Horses
Resolving Postural Problems, Improving Movement Patterns, and Preventing Injury
Hardcover ISBN: 1570768676
Over time, horses (like people) acquire postural habits, compensate for soreness and injury, and develop poor movement patterns. This limits performance ability, causes unsoundness and health issues, and ultimately undermines the horse's overall wellbeing. Jec Aristotle Ballou has made a name for herself advocating for the horse and providing sensible instruction in his schooling, conditioning, and care. Her bestselling books and popular clinics are designed to enable any horse person to correctly apply proven principles that bring measurable progress while avoiding boredom and confusion. In her latest collection of mounted and unmounted corrective exercises, Ballou demonstrates how we can actively work to improve the horse's posture and movement, whether he is an active performance or pleasure mount, an aging or older horse that benefits from gentle exercise, or one being rehabilitated following injury, illness, or lack of conditioning. Ballou's positive crosstraining techniques are free of shortcuts, and her guidelines for analyzing the horse's posture and way of going help readers gain a new awareness of the equine body. Applicable for all disciplines, this is an integral collection that optimizes how the horse uses his body and helps ensure he stays sounder and healthier for more years of his life.