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The Complete Book of Horses: Breeds, Care, Riding, Saddlery: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds and Practical Riding Techniques with 1500 Ph
The Complete Book of Horses: Breeds, Care, Riding, Saddlery
A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds and Practical Riding Techniques with 1500 Ph
Hardcover      ISBN: 0754833690

Expert advice on breeds, all aspects of horse care, and step-by-step riding techniques, fully updated.

Considering the Horse: Tales of Problems Solved and Lessons Learned, Second Edition
Considering the Horse
Tales of Problems Solved and Lessons Learned, Second Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 1628737212

Own an unruly horse? Thinking about purchasing a horse but don't exactly know what to expect once you do? Ever wondered what and how a horse thinks? In Considering the Horse, Mark Rashid tells stories that provide horse owners and potential buyers with the best training solutions--straight from the horse's mouth. And in the second edition of this classic of natural horsemanship literature, Rashid includes a new introduction and adds new insight on his detailed tips on the timeless yet ever-changing pursuit of good horsemanship.

By considering the horse's point of view, he explores a variety of solutions to common training problems like head tossing, trailer loading, mounting problems, and more. After years of training and teaching, Rashid assures you that you don't need to sell that rebellious horse of yours, and there's no need to panic if you just bought a horse with a problem and don't know what to do. More likely than not, the answers are here for every rider, trainer, or owner.
Cowboy: The Ultimate Guide to Living Like a Great American Icon
Cowboy
The Ultimate Guide to Living Like a Great American Icon
Paperback      ISBN: 0061773956

The ultimate guide to living like a great American icon, Cowboy by Rocco Wachman--celebrity host of CMT's popular "Cowboy U"--is an essential manual of cowboy culture, cowboy living, and cowboy lore, ideal for the city slicker who's enamored by all things wild and western.

Distant Skies: An American Journey on Horseback
Distant Skies
An American Journey on Horseback
Paperback      ISBN: 1570769605
Part American road trip, part coming-of-age story, and part ode to the horse--a remarkable memoir that explores the evolution of the human-animal relationship, and the raw beauty of a life lived outdoors.

On the first day of May, 1982, 23-year-old Melissa Chapman climbed aboard a horse, carrying a puppy named Gypsy, and rode away from everything, heading west.

She left a happy, healthy family, a decent job, a boyfriend she cared about, and friends she enjoyed. Yet she said good-bye to all of it.

With no cell phone, no GPS, no support team or truck following with supplies, Chapman quickly learned that the reality of a cross-country horseback journey was quite different from the fantasy. Her solo adventure would immediately test her mental, physical, and emotional resources as she and her four-legged companions were forced to adapt to the dangers and loneliness of a trek that would span over 2600 miles, beginning in New York State and reaching its end on the other side of the country, in California.

Enchanted by the freedom a nomadic life seemed to promise, the young woman would soon find herself only more deeply connected...to the animals that accompanied her, to the varying and challenging landscapes through which she traveled, and to the people she met on the farms and back roads that crisscross the United States. Chapman's vigilance in detailing the quietest moments of heroism and beauty, as well as the startling and tragic, yields a read that convinces one of both the magnificence of the countryside and the generosity of the people who call it home. A book for the equestrian, the animal lover, and the outdoor enthusiast--or anyone who dreams about one day bringing a longed-for adventure to life.

Dressage for No Country: Finding Meaning, Magic and Mastery in the Second Half of Life
Dressage for No Country
Finding Meaning, Magic and Mastery in the Second Half of Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1570769141
Armed with the knowledge and experience he accrued over time, Belasik debates whether classical dressage and competition dressage are at all compatible.

In the 1970s, the sport of dressage was still in its infancy in the United States. Unlike the countries of Europe, there was neither an established tradition nor a written history to educate and inspire. A rider intent on learning the discipline had to be prepared to travel, to immerse himself in other cultures, and to care only for what those who had already mastered the art might teach him. Paul Belasik was this rider, intent on learning all he could about dressage methodology, and willing and able to compare and contrast the various means for achieving related goals:

  • Beautiful movement.
  • "Lightness."
  • Connection between two beings.

In these pages Belasik shares a lifetime of searching and studying, both through stories of his own adventures and thoughtful essays on the subjects he has pondered during the years he has trained and ridden horses. Beginning in northern New York, and traveling to Portugal, and later, Vienna, Belasik serves as a tour guide of the various dressage "paths" he had the chance to explore, including:

  • The German system.
  • The Portuguese art of equitation.
  • And the revered institutions of the Spanish Riding School.

He considers the role of mindfulness, how to become a good teacher, and how to be a good student in today's horse world, providing the guideposts needed to take dressage-and riding, in general-the next step forward. Includes historical photographs from the author's travels.

Dressage School: A Sourcebook of Movements and Tips
Dressage School
A Sourcebook of Movements and Tips
Hardcover      ISBN: 1570769230
A fantastically detailed and uniquely organized dressage reference for the rider.

Discover the what, the how, and-most importantly-the why of more than 100 dressage movements.

  • Color photographs of riders of various levels and on different breeds of horse show how each movement should look when ridden correctly.
  • Each movement is clearly defined.
  • Explanations include common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Readers find out the benefits of each exercise and how it contributes to the "bigger picture" of the dressage training scale.

"This book appealed to me," says gold-medal-winning Olympian Isabell Werth. "Especially important is the emphasis on the meaning of the individual dressage movements within the overall context of a horse's training. Only the rider who understands why the movements are important and what their purposes are can build a dressage horse systematically. This applies to both the development of the horse's muscles and the development of his mind."

Throughout, emphasis is placed on the horse as an individual and how it is the rider's responsibility to learn to customize movements and lessons to benefit any horse, with his particular physical and psychological characteristics in mind. Practical and easy-to-follow, this valuable resource provides explanations in seconds that will last a lifetime of rides.

The Dressage Seat: Achieving a Beautiful, Effective Position in Every Gait and Movement
The Dressage Seat
Achieving a Beautiful, Effective Position in Every Gait and Movement
Hardcover      ISBN: 1570767939

With stunningly beautiful photographs and clear descriptions, classical dressage authority Anja Beran breaks down the physical requirements of the rider's seat on the horse, as well as its responsibilities during various movements--from the gaits and paces to lateral work, lead changes, piaffe, passage, and pirouettes.

Beran provides a unique perspective on the use of breath when riding, citing the recommendations of a classically-trained opera singer who regularly works with Beran and her riding students to develop their deep breathing skills. "A relaxed seat," Beran says, "is never possible with restricted breathing." In addition, she explores the need for an improved inner attitude in order to truly refine your seat on a horse. Fear, stress, and tension all interfere with your ability to focus on the horse and connect with him during the time you are together. Simple practices can help open and calm the mind, and over time, contribute to an overall better outlook and enhanced physical capacity. In the second half of the book, Beran is joined by her personal physiotherapist and dance teacher for an in-depth look at human anatomy and how it functions in conjunction with the horse. Practical exercises give readers easy ways to improve mobility, strength, stability, coordination, perception, and overall posture, with superb results.
Dressage Solutions: A Rider's Guide
Dressage Solutions
A Rider's Guide
Hardcover      ISBN: 1570766827

Following the highly acclaimed Kottas on Dressage, this book by one of the foremost exponents of Classical dressage offers advice on the correct way to introduce work on the paces, exercises, and movements, together with in-depth analysis of common problems and the ways to correct them.

Dressage Solutions takes the reader through many stages of training, from ensuring that the basic paces are correct, through introducing the lateral exercises, developing the canter, rein-back, piaffe, and passage, to a final chapter that explains some of the long-established movements of the High School. This is a journey that will provide much food for thought, and a great deal of invaluable advice, for all riders who have progress and their horse's well-being at heart.
Dressage the Cowboy Way: The Complete Guide to Training and Riding with Soft Feel and Kindness
Dressage the Cowboy Way
The Complete Guide to Training and Riding with Soft Feel and Kindness
Paperback      ISBN: 1570768579

The desire to meld the best of Western riding traditions with classical dressage in the pursuit of a harmonious relationship with a horse has steadily gained traction over the past two decades, and now the movement flourishes. More and more horse people are discovering the incredible rewards of training a well–balanced mount, using a soft feel, and developing communication based on kindness and cooperation.

In this remarkable book, the founder of Cowboy Dressage® Eitan Beth–Halachmy explains the development of the Western dressage horse using his methods. Beginning with the basics of body language, use of the aids, and a discussion of the Training Pyramid, Beth–Halachmy then provides guidelines for foundational groundwork and progressive dressage schooling under saddle, such as developing cadence and consistency in the gaits, understanding and requesting correct bend, choosing and using lateral maneuvers, and advancing self–carriage and collection. Additional sections highlight the distinct benefits of the geometry of the Cowboy Dressage Court, the intrigue of training with the garrocha (a long pole or lance), and the great pleasure of riding musical freestyles. This fantastic guide is both valuable resource and inspirational touchstone, promising that in the end, horse and rider enjoy each other's company.

Dressage the Light Way: A Classical, Natural and Intelligent Approach to Training for Every Horse and Rider
Dressage the Light Way
A Classical, Natural and Intelligent Approach to Training for Every Horse and Rider
Paperback      ISBN: 1908809000

Would you like to dance with your horse? If the answer to that question is a resounding "Yes " then this book will help you to do just that. Whether you are a serious competitor, a rider who enjoys schooling their horse for pleasure or someone in between, this book will equip you with the insights, knowledge, tips and training exercises to gymnasticise your horse, show you ways to improve your riding and give you the keys to discovering new levels of connection and performance with your horse--all done with lightness. Whatever style of riding you enjoy be it jumping, endurance, eventing, polo, trail-riding or dressage, Dressage the Light Way ensures that you will have a lighter, safer, more athletic and responsive ride if you follow the progressive, step-by-step training methods in this book. From the seat and position to balance and collection, or calming the horse to advanced lateral work, every topic is presented in a concise bullet-pointed and numbered format so that the basic essence of each subject is quickly absorbed and understood.