Do you find yourself making excuses not to ride?Are you stuck in the arena?Do you get nervous/anxious before riding/competing?This book will help you to understand your feelings and give you strategies to deal with them.Christine shares with you the Three Keys to Success based on her successful Confident Rider Workshops. Exercises and case studies are included to help you move forward.
Preparing for Dressage the Right Way
An essential tool for everyday use, this practical book makes dressage easy by providing concrete instructions on how to correctly ride dressage lessons from novice to Grand Prix A practical guide in the best sense of the word, instead of training each step of the exercise separately, internationally renowned trainer Katja von Rönne recommends following a "central theme" when training the horse. Instead of simply being reeled off, all of the lessons have an explicit purpose—to exercise the horse correctly and to nurture it in harmony and trust. Maintaining health and teamwork are paramount her methods, and descriptive explanations in each chapter show how to train a horse in a structured way, as well as what the rider can do if problems arise. A training plan with sequences of exercises connects the individual lessons for ultimate accessibility and cohesiveness of learning.
Four Steps to Riding Success
Karin Blignault has combined theory and experimentation to develop a system of training (and teaching) that is straightforward, fast, and brings real results. The methods described in this book teach riders to achieve rhythm, balance, suppleness, and the round flexor frame in their horses-and quickly.She believes that riders should learn to control the whole horse as soon as possible, and uses four exercises to teach riders control of the horse's head, his shoulders, his ribcage, and his hindquarters.The results are immediate. These exercises are the building blocks of the shoulder-in and the half halt, which are the cornerstones of balanced riding. They are used to improve every movement in dressage and jumping.Riders and teachers of every level will find something here.
Training Horses the Ingrid Klimke Way
This book is the closest most of us will come to spending an extended period of time in the Klimke stable.Ingrid Klimke details her personal programme of bringing a horse along through the stages of progressive development and, in doing so, explains her training philosophy. She provides guidelines and exercise to ensure success without stress at each milestone.It's a wonderful insight into how Klimke customises the work to suit the individual horse. The result is surely a joyful partnership between rider and horse that will go the distance.
Two Brains One Aim
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.
Basic Training of the Young Horse (4th edition)
Over thirty years after the first publication of Reiner Klimke's classic work comes this new fourth edition, with completely new photos and updated by his daughter, Ingrid. Based on sound practical and theoretical advice, this instructional handbook gives advice on establishing a specific training plan for recreational riders as well as competition riders to enable them to train their young horses successfully.Every aspect of the education of a young horse is covered including:Basic education and handling from foalhoodBacking and training under saddleDeveloping impulsion from supplenessAssessing and improving basic gaitsCavalletti workJumping trainingCross-country trainingPreparing for the first competition4th Edition
A Journey to Softness
Mark Rashid shares personal stories about events in his life that helped him on his journey to softness, as well as the stumbling blocks along the way. The narrative includes a section in which Mark passes on the experiences of others from a wide variety of walks of life and occupations, all sharing their views on how feel, connection and softness apply to their respective professions. Those interviewed for this special section include a musician who has written and performed several number one country music hits, a highly decorated helicopter pilot, a movie actor, a college professor, a master carpenter, an artists and numerous others. What the reader learns by example is how to develop feel, relaxation, connection, and softness in both horse and rider. The methods and techniques Mark demonstrated have been gleaned from decades of work with horses and horse people, as well as while he trained with world-class martial artists whose lives have been dedicated to developing softness and connection with a partner through feel.
The Principles of Riding
The first edition of The Principles of Riding was published more than 50 years ago, imparting mandatory basic knowledge for all areas of equestrian sport and horse-keeping and this 28th edition, Basic Training for Horse and Rider, has been completely revised regarding language and content, while still taking into account the well-established principles. The consideration of traditional principles leads to the education and training of the horse according to its nature and thus to its health, well-being and performance capability. The horse's instincts and natural behaviour are presented in detail as the basis of communication and understanding between horse and rider. Modern scientific research relating to training theory and biomechanics has influenced the systematic training of the rider as well as that of the horse.The Principles of Riding provides versatile, practical assistance to horse lovers and readers of this book who want to learn, irrespective of whether they ride for leisure or competitively, are interested in hacking or hunting, or want to develop and improve their basic training for dressage, show-jumping or eventing. These Principles should be indispensable for all riders, drivers, trainers and judges, and to all of those who are interested in the appropriate training of the horse, according to the horse's nature, and who place importance on a harmonious cooperation between horse and rider.
A Young Persons Guide to Show Jumping
As well as being a successful international rider, Tim Stockdale is in great demand as a trainer, both at home and abroad. With well-known equestrian journalist, Judith Draper, the author provides practical and straightforward advice. With photographs and illustrations throughout, this book wil be invaluable not just to young riders but to anyone keen to improve their show jumping.
Basic Training of the Young Horse (3rd edition)
More than 30 years after the first publication of Reiner Klimke's classic work comes this new edition, with completely new photographs and updated by his daughter, Ingrid. Based on sound, practical and theoretical advice, this instructional handbook gives advice on establishing a specific training plan for recreational riders as well as competition riders to enable them to train their young horses successfully. Every aspect of the education of a young horse is covered.3rd Edition.
Brain Training for Riders
Did you know there is an area of your brain known as the 'Lizard Brain' that thinks only about the immediate moment and your means of survival? Yes, in certain circumstances, your 'Rational Brain' can effectively 'shut down' and you are at the mercy of a reptile...dry-mouthed, sweating, queasy, unable to think clearly - even though you know better.When does the Lizard Brain run the show? It can happen in any number of unfamiliar, uncomfortable, challenging, or 'stressful' riding situations. But here's the thing: with the right kind of training, you can learn to manage the reptile within, which leads to greater confidence with horses, better riding performance, and ultimately, happiness at the barn, at shows, and everywhere in between.Brain Training for Riders teaches you how to handle uncomfortable emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, and embarrassment; hone your mental game and focus your riding time to get the most out of your hours in the saddle; care for your emotional injuries the same way you would care for an injured horse; and produce a state of 'Focused Calm' and tap into the skills you have (whether you know it or not!) to ensure an outstanding ride.
Cavaletti for Dressage and Jumping
Every horse, no matter in what discipline it is ridden, will benefit from working with Cavalletti.For Olympic champion Ingrid Klimke, riding over Cavalletti is key to success. Cavalletti training improves the horse's basic gaits, develops rhythm, suppleness and cadence and increases fitness and agility. This handbook describes how to work with Cavalletti on the lunge, provides valuable new schooling ideas and inspiration for dressage work, as well as numerous layouts for gymnastic jumping. Over the years Cavalletti has become a standard reference book.
Horse Profiling The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes
It is no secret that speed, stamina, jumping ability, and athletic prowess depend on the horse's physical ability to perform. However, the world has seen many ‘great' athletic bodies, human and horse, fail to reach their true potential, while others, perhaps thought to be less great in form and function, reach the pinnacle of their sport or discipline. In the world of human athletes, we might claim hard work, ‘grit', or ‘heart' as the force greater than muscle that propels them to the top. But the horse doesn't have performance goals in the way we do, so what is it that motivates one racehorse to leave the rest of the field behind to cross the finish line first? In these pages, Kerry explains how it is possible - initially by using an Emotional Conformation Profile - to determine if a horse has what it takes inside him to make what he has on the outside great. Can your racing prospect handle distance? Does your event horse have the ‘finish' to clear that last enormous cross-country obstacle when his legs are tired? Is your horse capable of maintaining focus in the face of large crowds and multiple distractions? More importantly, he tells you how to develop specific training protocols towards given goals, thus enabling a horse to perform at his very best.
Light and Easy Dressage
Penny Hillsdon's goal is for dressage training to bring pleasure and happy partnership to both horse and rider. This is the ultimate achievement-not just the fancy movements displayed and judged in the competitive arena. This book explains how average, amateur riders can attain a satisifying relationship with the horse while proceeding happily through the dressage levels.
In One Arena
This title takes an in-depth look at issues surrounding modern dressage. It includes advice on choosing a dressage horse, guidance on finding sponsorship and the psychology of competition. In the final section, top riders offer tips on riding and training specific gaits and movements.
Katie Jerram's on Showing
Want to win in the show ring? Top showing competitor, trainer and judge Katie Jerram shares the skills and techniques that make her one of the best known, most successful and sought-after names in the business. Covering everything from finding the right horse or pony to schooling and management methods, this book is a mine of information for every rider, at any level. Katie's approach ensures a happy, healthy and confident horse and an equally happy and confident rider - and her wide-ranging equestrian background gives her a unique perspective and depth of understanding. Whether you are starting from scratch with a young horse, want to make the breakthrough to the big time or even need to solve a problem, Katie has the answers. Illustrated with specially taken photographs, this title will be a must for every showing enthusiast.
Horse and Rider Fitness: Essential Guide for all Riders
This is the definitive guide on fitness training for both horse and rider - without the use of the gym. Linda Purves gives a wealth of practical, effective, sport-specific exercises designed to take both horse and rider from fat to fit and from out of condition to competition ready. The simple, yard-based exercises, all illustrated with photographs, make fitness training fun and accessible to riders of all abilities. Comprehensive training programmes cater for all levels and take the rider progressively from the beginner in the riding school through to the advanced demands of competitive riding. Specific detail is provided on a wide range of equestrian disciplines including eventing, polo, endurance, dressage and show jumping. Aimed at today's busy horse owner, additional chapters include healthy eating to how to create a 'ten-minute stable work-out', making this an invaluable guide to improving fitness and flexibility for both horse and rider.