Equestrian Sports
40 Fundamentals of English Riding: Essential Lessons in Riding Right
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
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
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 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, or one 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, 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, theAcademic 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.
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
Acupressure is a method whose effects are not as intense or as deep as those produced by acupuncture, but its advantage is that it can also be learned and applied by horse owners, trainers and caretakers. For example, fear and tension in horses can be relieved with the aid of acupressure, and the horse's psyche can also be positively influenced. It can be used to lessen the effects of stress on the horse prior to any unsettling events, such as a change of stable, a horse show or transport. It effectively treats pain, anxiety and stress symptoms, mental tension, and supports acupuncture therapy.
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
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
The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse: Manege Patterns
The Athletic Development of the Dressage Horse
Manege Patterns
Hardcover      ISBN: 0876058969
Shows how to attain optimum performance in a dressage horse with exercises designed to improve suspension, collection, and changes of tempo and gait
Backcountry Basics: Your Guide to Solving Problems on the Trail
Backcountry Basics
Your Guide to Solving Problems on the Trail
Paperback      ISBN: 0911647848
How to safely prepare your horse at home for challenges on the trail.
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.
Barrel Racing 101: A Complete Program for Horse And Rider
Barrel Racing 101
A Complete Program for Horse And Rider
Hardcover      ISBN: 1592287964
Few equestrian sports are more exciting than barrel racing, in which horse and rider carve a lightning-fast cloverleaf pattern around three barrels, then gallop down to the finish line. Time is measured in hundredths of seconds, and winners receive substantial prize money and the admiration and respect of fellow competitors and spectators alike. As thrilling as barrel racing is to watch, doing it is even more fun, as thousands of people are discovering every year. To help them--and you--get started, champion racer and internationally respected instructor and clinician Marlene McRae shares her program that has taken hundreds of her students to success in the arena, as well as to becoming educated horsemen and-women: * Selecting Your Champion Horse: Choosing a barrel-racing prospect based on conformation and temperament; finding a qualified veterinarian to help you assess the prospects. * Choosing and Using Equipment: Determining the right saddle, bridle (including bits), leg protection, and other tack to buy, as well as their proper fit and use. * Feeding and Nutrition: Establishing a basic commonsense feeding regimen for your horse; the role of supplements, as well as their possible misuse. * Shoeing and Foot Care: Proper foot care, with an emphasis on working with your farrier and veterinarian to avoid foot- and leg-related injuries. * Conditioning and Exercising: A comprehensive program for developing your horse's stamina and fitness, along with ways to avoid unsoundness problems. * Getting Started in the Barrel-Racing Patterns: How to set up the pattern correctly; techniques for training the horse, with an emphasis on rider position, balance, and using hands, legs, and voice as communication aids. * Competing: Locating entry-level local events, clubs, and associations; the "mental game of competing to stay focused; achieving teamwork with your horse." Barrel Racing 101 is the perfect textbook for the sport. Study it and use it, and you're bound to finish at the top of your class.