Equestrian Sports
40 Fundamentals of English Riding: Essential Lessons in Riding Right (Book and DVD) [With DVD]
40 Fundamentals of English Riding
Essential Lessons in Riding Right (Book and DVD) [With DVD]
Hardcover      ISBN: 1603427899

Learn correct seat, leg, and hand positions; 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; and much more. Each fundamental is defined and explained, with plenty of tips on proper technique and an emphasis on how to avoid common errors. The book comes with a 90-minute DVD showing action sequences for each fundamental.

50 Best Arena Exercises and Patterns: Essential Schooling for English and Western Riders
50 Best Arena Exercises and Patterns
Essential Schooling for English and Western Riders
Hardcover      ISBN: 1570767998

Like other hobbies, sports, and passions, riding and training horses inevitably involves a certain amount of repetition in order to improve. This means a well-designed plan of lessons and exercises is indispensable, both for keeping horse and rider interested in what they're doing together and for advancing their fitness and ability level. Riders, trainers, and instructors of all disciplines are always looking for ways to keep boredom at bay--and that's where this handy guide can save the day. 50 Best Arena Exercises and Patterns provides a terrific collection of upbeat ideas for essential schooling, adding variety and challenge to everyday workouts. Exercises are organized in easy-to-reference sections, including: improving the rider's seat, "learning to dance" with the basic foundation movements, increasing mobility with gymnastics, finding rhythm, getting supple and relaxed, achieving connection and softness, activating the hindquarters, traveling straight, and achieving collection. In addition, two chapters provide fun alternatives to supplement any lesson. Whether an English or Western rider, any equestrian looking for tools to use in creating a balanced, correct seat, and a supple, gymnasticized horse will relish this infinitely useful collection of practice routines.

55 Corrective Exercises for Horses: Resolving Postural Problems, Improving Movement Patterns, and Preventing Injury
55 Corrective Exercises for Horses
Resolving Postural Problems, Improving Movement Patterns, and Preventing Injury
Hardcover      ISBN: 1570768676
A highly illustrated guide to simple yet effective methods for keeping horses sound, healthy, and performing their best.

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 well-being.

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.
  • A horse being rehabilitated following injury, illness, or lack of conditioning.

Ballou's positive cross-training 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 and full of quality color photographs to explain the exercises, 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.

Academic Art of Riding: A Riding Method for the Ambitious Leisure Rider
Academic Art of Riding
A Riding Method for the Ambitious Leisure Rider
Hardcover      ISBN: 0857880152
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."

Acupressure for Horses: Hands-On Techniques to Solve Performance Problems and Ease Pain and Discomfort
Acupressure for Horses
Hands-On Techniques to Solve Performance Problems and Ease Pain and Discomfort
Hardcover      ISBN: 1570767874

Now you can help your horse with simple acupressure techniques Learn to identify your horse's individual "body constitution type," which determines your choice of acupressure treatment; understand the 12 main channels of energy in your horse's body, and gain the ability to choose the correct points to treat specific issues. Relieve mild sources of pain and discomfort in your horse's body, influence his mental health and stability, and select appropriate treatment from a comprehensive list of common problems and their solutions, with step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs to help you help your horse.

Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of Hope
Angel Horses
Divine Messengers of Hope
Paperback      ISBN: 1577315189

This lovely collection tells of the hope and healing that comes from contact with horses. Whether used to give disabled riders a sense of freedom and mobility, to heal wounds of childhood abuse, to assist with work, or simply as loving companions, horses bond with people in ways that change them for the better. The stories, contributed by people from all over the country and from all walks of life, introduce Cholla, the horse who paints pictures; a veterinarian who was reminded of the importance of compassion by a dying horse and a Native American chief; Star, a horse who saved a teenage girl from suicide; the late-blooming rider who embarrassed a horse and learned an important lesson about respecting the feelings of others even if they have four legs; and many others. Whether running through fields or performing intricate dressage drills, horses carry not only riders but messages of unconditional love and hope."

The Art of Liberty Training for Horses: Attain New Levels of Leadership, Unity, Feel, Engagement, and Purpose in All That You Do with Your Horse
The Art of Liberty Training for Horses
Attain New Levels of Leadership, Unity, Feel, Engagement, and Purpose in All That You Do with Your Horse
Hardcover      ISBN: 1570766894
"The horsemanship journey doesn't end with liberty," writes Field. "It's just the beginning of connection."

True liberty, says Jonathan 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."

Developing communication skills and your relationship with your horse through liberty benefits all that you do, whether on the ground or in the saddle, whether competing or riding for pleasure. Quick responses to subtle cues, clear aids, and a relaxed and attentive horse: These are the keys to liberty, and they are also objectives when you ride, drive, or interact with the horse on the ground around the barn. Liberty, therefore, teaches you to be an all-around better horseman or horsewoman.

With Jonathan Field's step-by-step liberty training method, you learn to have a better "feel," to reward the horse sooner, and to time your aids just right to ensure you get the response you want. Plus, you discover how to approach things from the individual horse's perspective--an important key to getting a horse to act because he wants to, rather than because he has to. Fabulously illustrated with hundreds of action-packed photographs taken on Field's spectacular ranch in British Columbia, this book can change the way you are with horses and change the way horses are around you.

The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse: Manege Patterns
The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse
Manege Patterns
Hardcover      ISBN: 0876058969

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.
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Balance in Movement: How to Achieve the Perfect Seat
Balance in Movement
How to Achieve the Perfect Seat
Paperback      ISBN: 1570767440

The art of successful riding is the development of harmony to such a degree, that, to the onlooker, horse and rider perform in total unity. The rider's key to this ideal is not a static seat, but one that is capable of adapting to all movements of the horse. The closer the seat follows the movement, the better it can influence that movement and remain in perfect balance with the horse.

With the perception of a physical therapist Susanne von Dietze analyzes the seat and its influence, and discovers the sources of numerous mistakes and weaknesses in this area; and with the perception of an experienced trainer she gives explanations for a greater understanding and suggests many useful exercises.

First published in 1993, Balance in Movement, has long since become a classic in equestrian sports literature. It is an indispensable source of advice for all who would like to have a better understanding and command of the rider's seat, teachers and students alike.
Basic Training of the Young Horse: Dressage, Jumping, Cross-Country
Basic Training of the Young Horse
Dressage, Jumping, Cross-Country
3rd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1570767602

This new edition of the highly regarded international bestseller illustrates the correct way to establish a sound, versatile training foundation in a young horse. Reiner Klimke's self-trained horses went on to achieve success at the highest levels in several disciplines, many of them becoming World Champions.

Here, based on his extensive experience, he advises the reader on the early education of the foal, longeing and freework, progressive training under saddle, and eventual preparation for competition. Now enhanced with all new color photos and helpful tips from his daughter, Ingrid -- a respected rider and competitor in her own right -- is poised to again become the modern standard on horse training.