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. This revised edition for 2018 has new photographs and has been updated and extended.
Christoph Hess, a Fédération Equestre International (FEI) “I” Judge in both dressage and eventing, is highly respected around the world as a teacher of riding and the development of the horse according to classical principles. Here he collects some of his very best riding and training tips along with well-honed insight related to the topics that he finds most often challenge equestrians and their equine partners.
Ride Better with Christoph Hess provides thoughtful, easy-to-apply advice when dealing with issues with the gaits, in particular the walk and canter; high-headedness or the horse that is “too light” in the poll; inconsistency of performance; leaning on the bit; falling out; lack of straightness; and much more. In addition, Hess breaks out particular skills and movements that often need specialised attention when in the dressage or jumping ring, and when going crosscountry.
Throughout Hess emphasises that a rider must always strive to improve, for the simple reason that you can always do better for your horse. While competitive and training goals do, of course, bring a certain satisfaction, it is having an equine partner who is contented in his work and happy in your company that rewards most. This lesson, and all Hess's tips and solutions, are invaluable to equestrians of every level—everyone can walk away from this book a better rider.
Ride with Your Mind Essentials
Whilst the horse world is rich in descriptions that tell us what horse and rider should look like, we lack good information about exactly how to produce the desired results. Good horsemen ride well without knowing how they do it, and without understanding why you are not like them and cannot do it too. During 23 years of research it has been Mary Wanless's personal mission to expose the secrets of horsemanship, breaking down riding skills into 'bite-size chunks' and finding ways of describing them that work for average riders. By using the learning strategies given here the rider should discover how to connect with the horse in a way that makes sense to him and enables him to carry himself well, in self-carriage.
At the same time the techniques aim to offer the rider security, stability and effectiveness in the saddle. This title sets out to simplify Ride With Your Mind methods and to provide a basic tool-kit for the acquisition of a truly independent seat in walk, trot and through transitions, on straight lines, turns and circles - and, importantly, how to make corrections when things don't go exactly to plan. Mary explains how to use the hands, legs and body correctly, and gives the ingredients for perfect contact.
In each section, the instruction is backed up by practical self-tests and exercises to ensure success, and there are ideas for troubleshooting during the learning process and in the future.
School Exercises for Flatwork & Jumping
An enormously popular book of ideas and specimen exercises for trainee instructors and more experienced instructors, and for riders schooling their own horses or ponies.
The book is divided into groups of related exercises, each exercise being accompanied by a full explanation, the aids, words of command, teaching hints, advice on likely problems, safety, and suggested variations. It shows how to make imaginative and constructive use of a 20m x 40m schooling area, adding variety and interest to lessons and riding sessions for riders, horses, and teachers.
Progressive School Exercise for Dressage & Jumping
Progressive School Exercises provides a collection of exercises, on the flat and over fences, specifically designed for use in training more experienced riders and horses, whether in groups or as individuals, or schooling at home.
This book is designed for training jumping riders and horses, whether schooling at home, or under instruction in group lessons or as individuals. It provides a collection of exercises, on the flat, and over poles and fences, as well as detailed background information on jumping technique and tips on how to achieve a clear round in faultless style.
The book includes: the five stages of the horse's jump (approach, take-off, jump, landing, departure); the effects of the rider's position (i.e. what happens when the rider is tight with the reins, sits down too quickly, moves too quickly over a fence, or is in front of the movement or left behind it); fences to improve the horse's jump; overcoming typical problems and faults; flatwork exercises to improve the horse's canter and turning ability; pole work; grids and related distance; influencing the canter lead over a fence; building and riding courses; indoor cross-country practice; tables of distances; and notes on fence building.
How to Become a Confident Rider
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. “Throughout my work as a Riding Teacher I am being constantly challenged by, what seems to be, an increasing amount of pupils who lack confidence—particularly adults. In this excellent book Christine has given us useful tools to help the rider become more confident. Not only does she explain clearly the very essential tool of mental imagery her easy to follow relaxation techniques and ideas for positive goal setting set the rider on the path to once again enjoy their riding. I recommend this book not only to riders of all ages but also to those who teach riding. It will increase knowledge and understanding therefore having an impact on empathy with pupils.” Patrick Print FBHS
“The one thing that can really make a difference to your success is breaking down your goal into smaller achievable steps. This book shows you how to do that along with lots of other practical solutions to improve your belief, confidence and enjoyment in riding.” Helen J Bradley Dressage Rider, Trainer and List 1 Judge.
Pressure Proof Your Riding
An integral part of competing in equestrian sports is having to face the performance anxiety that presents itself at competitions. In this work, author Daniel Stewart explains that the pressure, stress, nerves, distraction, and anxiety come hand in hand with doing what we love to do.
Perfect Mind Perfect Ride
Possessing the right mind-set and relevant mental skills has long been considered vital in achieving top performances in all sports. And yet, to many riders mental fitness still remains something of an afterthought.
In Perfect Mind: Perfect Ride, the author demonstrates how to develop and achieve the right kind of attitude, motivation and mental skills to make the most of the rider’s abilities whether it be riding as a recreation or as a competitive sport. Horses are highly sensitive flight animals - they’ll react first and ask questions, well, never...! In essence, this means that every time riders get on their horse, they need to be fully committed, aware and in control of their body, their thoughts and their emotions, in order to communicate with their horse in precisely the right kind of manner.
The combination of research in the field of sport and performance psychology and real-life examples contained in this book will help readers identify with and understand different topics.
Current scientific theories surrounding sport and performance psychology are translated into practice, allowing readers to fully understand why they think, feel and act the way they do – and what they need to do to change it. Hands-on advice on how to develop relevant attitudes and mental skills will make Perfect Mind: Perfect Ride an essential companion for the rider wanting to get more out of the sport.