Volume 4 of the Complete Horsemanship series provides an in-depth approach to professional horse care and stable management: from an advanced understanding of horse anatomy and physiology, to the skills and knowledge necessary to run a yard.
The attention shifts from the development of riding skills, and focuses instead on the more advanced training of the horse, to ultimately allow for the horse and rider combination to be ridden at more advanced competitions.
Recommended reading and guidance for the British Horse Society Stage 4 Qualification in horse care, riding, teaching and training.
The British Horse Society education system is one of the best and most widelyrespected in the world. The Complete Horsemanship series supports anyone studying qualifications within the BHS Equine Excellence Pathway. The BHS Equine Excellence Pathway gives each student the opportunity to gain qualifications and awards in their chosen profession. They have been specially developed through extensive consultation with the equine industry to incorporate the latest research and thinking, with current practices and friendly assessment methods.
Every horse person strives to grow in ability and understanding over time whether in the saddle, on the ground, or in the stable; whether in ways that are small or those that are significant. This effort, when done right, lasts a lifetime, and along the way requires the addition of knowledge and experience gleaned from numerous others. Where does one find leadership within the equine industry? How does one know to whom to turn for information? Does riding require an instructor, a trainer, a coach? Can you get by with part-time guidance? Can you effectively learn on your own, with just the occasional directive, and still find personal or competitive success?With this book, renowned clinician and international team coach Eric Smiley intends to fill the gap when it comes to these questions and others, providing a reliable resource and educational companion for any aspiring equestrian. Smiley addresses fundamental topics pertinent to riders, with philosophical discussion and practical exercises applicable to all levels. Along the way he strives to educate them on being taught, and perhaps, one day, becoming the teachers.His aim is to bring together the mind of the rider with the mind of the horse, while highlighting the key component in their synergy: understanding. How that understanding is acquired, retained, and put to use is the key to success.