Good stable management is at the heart of keeping a horse happy, healthy and sound, and anyone who is responsible for a horse's day-to-day care has a huge responsibility. In this book Katie Jerram offers advice that comes from years of private and commercial horse management and has been proven to work for horses and ponies of all shapes, sizes and roles. Whether you are a private owner wanting to do the best for your horse and get the most from him, a student looking forward to a career in the horse world or someone who already runs a yard, this book will show you ways to improve your horse management skills. It may require you to analyse why you follow practices you've carried out for years and perhaps change the way you operate. It may also reinforce some of the principles that have been the bedrock of horse management for many years, albeit by including new techniques. The methods discussed here have been applied to show horses, racehorses, eventers and youngsters starting out their careers and the result is a long and continuing roll call of happy, healthy and successful horses.
Julian Seaman first went to Badminton as an autograph-hunting fan in the 1960s. He later decided to become a competitor. In his first year, his horse became lame. Year two, he completed the dressage in a rainstorm in a coat made in his tailoring class at college. Third time he fell. Indeed, he fell off several times on national TV and achieved immortality as the ‘What happened next?’ feature on BBC’s A Question of Sport.Meanwhile, Julian enjoyed the splendour and history of the event – watching Mark Phillips win four times, the grand daughter of the Viceroy of India, Lucinda Prior-Palmer win six times and has enjoyed watching both Princess Anne and daughter Zara riding the classic course.And over the years, he’s witnessed some odd happenings, for example, in 1973, one-third of all constants failed to get past the third obstacle. On another occasion, Gurgle The Greek clambered, unpenalised, under a jump, to officially clear it.On another, dual Olympic Gold medallist, Mark Todd, rode a chance horse, lost a stirrup and competed ‘one-legged’!Julian is now Press Officer at this magnificent event and cantors us through the history of Badminton regailing us with fascinating facts and marvellous memories that brings the event to life. A beguiling book, this will be enjoyed by horse lovers and history lovers alike.
A Standard Journey
They rescued five horses from an unknown fate.They sold everything they had.With daring inspiration, Jackie and Noel trained the lost and confused horses, and forced their own unfit bodies to meld into one team.Life became horses, trail, endurance, and camping: all seven reliant on one another as they trekked along part of Australia’s majestic Bicentennial National Trail.What started as a dream adventure turned out to be more than they had ever imagined. The beauty of the trail didn’t lessen its dangers; with minimal support and all their worldly possessions on horseback, Jackie and Noel made mistakes and with humour learned the hard way.They were amateur horse-handlers, tackling an epic challenge, but they created something special, unique, and incredibly endearing.Fears were faced, healed, and conquered. Bonds were forged.But did the team of seven that started together, finish together?Saddle up and take a ride along life’s natural trail of trauma, fear, pain, and loyalty.
The Pony Club Pocket Guide to Equestrian Dress
This book is a completely new and important guide to correct, safe and practical clothes for people involved with leisure riding, Pony Club activities, handling and grooming horses. Riding clothes, like all other sportswear, are based on practical design with a certain amount of fashion.
What Horses Do For Us
Have you ever found yourself with your horse covered in mud in the freezing cold and rain wondering what on earth possessed you to get involved with horses and more importantly why this doesnt put you off?Wendy Jago explains in this book the reasons we are so connected to our horses and what exactly it is that horses do for us in return.Horses fill our lives with expenses, disappointment, frustrations and anxiety but they also give us a lot back in return. This book shows you how you can get the most out of your horse and will reinforce that the good outweighs the bad!!
The Pony Club Guide to Caring for a Horse or Pony
Caring for a Horse or Pony is the new name for one of The Pony Club's longest-lasting and most popular publications - Keeping a Pony at Grass - which was first published over fifty years ago.Revised and rewritten to combine the latest latest research with tried and tested approaches, the new name also reflects how much has changed in the equestrian world since the first edition.Looking after a horse or pony is hugely rewarding. It's also a great responsibility, as he depends on us to safeguard his health, safety and general well being.If one is a first-time owner or carer, one may feel daunted at how much there is to learn, but everyone has to take that first step.As one progresses, one'll find that we never stop learning and that always wanting to find out more is part of the fascination of caring for horses. If one is an experienced owner, it's always good to review the way one does things.Revised with current ideas and practicesLong-established and trusted for over 50 yearsRelevant and helpful for complete beginners as well as the more experienced ownersRevised and rewritten by Carolyn Henderson with photographs by John Henderson
Horse Talks Lectures and Lecturing Techniques for Students and Instructors
It is no longer enough for equestrian students to be adept solely with grooming tools and saddle soap-communications skills in the form of presentation of lecturettes are now an important part of exam syllabuses. This book contains a series of lectures covering the stable management syllabus of the BHS stages I and II examinations. Each lecture is presented complete with preparation notes, full text, and clear diagrams, some of which can be photocopied and used as a teaching aid. In addition the author has calculated the length of time each lecture takes and this, together with the chapter on lecturing techniques, will prove important for both students and practicing instructors.
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.
How To Keep your Horse Healthy
This book is intended as a guide for horse owners who, faced with ever increasing costs, wish to keep vet's bills to a minimum. Written by a practising veterinary surgeon who is also veterinary correspondent to "Horse and Hound" and has written widely on equine medicine, this book covers the gap in the market which previously existed for a comprehensive manual on the subject. It will be of interest to all those who care for the horse, both professionally or generally - horseowners, trainers, stable managers etc - and is also suitable as an introductory guide to students of veterinary medicine and those studying for BHS examinations.
Getting Horses Fit
A comprehensive and immensely practical guide to getting your horse in peak condition, whatever his build and whatever his discipline. Fitness is vital, whether you aim to compete at international level or local weekend competitions, or ride purely for pleasure. A fit horse will stand a better chance of staying sound, both physically and mentally, and will have a longer and more active life. In Getting Horses Fit , Carolyn Henderson - with the assistance of competitors, equine science experts, and experienced owners - explains what fitness is and how to achieve it, enabling owners to work out an individual program suitable for their own horses' needs, whatever their level of activity.
Horse Conformation Structure, Soundness and Performance
In athletics as in architecture, form follows function, and nowhere is that truth more important than in equestrian sports. The better a horse's conformation (how the animal measures up to, or "conforms," to the ideal standards of its breed or type), the better it will be able to perform. Using hundreds of photographs and drawings, this masterfully produced book will show you how to develop the "eye" that any horseman needs to assess equine conformation and anatomy. Its comprehensive text focuses on ideal and abnormal conformation features; balance and symmetry; the relationship between conformation faults and athletic ability; colors and markings; as well as anatomical elements, teeth, and aging; body systems; and the relationship between structure and function. Now in paperback, HORSE CONFORMATION is the single most valuable book on its subject and one that deserves a prominent place in every horse owner's or rider's library.
The Alexandra Technique – A Skill for Life
The challenges of modern life are best met with poise, alertness, and nimbleness of mind and body. These attributes are our birthright, as demonstrated by every child at play. As adults, however, we tend instead to be hurried, inattentive, and stiff of mind and body.
The Alexander Technique is an effective way of re-discovering our natural freedom, which is characterized not so much by what we do but by what we refrain from doing, and its resulting health and well-being. The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life explains the principles of the Technique and uses testimonials, case histories, photos, and line drawings to illustrate its applications to medicine, personal relationships, sports and exercise, and the performing arts.
Raise Your Game - How to Speak Fluent Sport
Why is a bogey no longer a par?
Why is a try worth more than a conversion?
Why do snowboarders like bonking more than cyclists?
Why do sumo throw salt and stamp their feet?
Sport can be downright odd!
Think of a tennis court and its scoring system. Or the organised chaos of a rugby scrum. Or just about everything to do with cricket. Yet, these madcap pursuits drive men and women to extraordinary feats of physical and mental audacity, and keep us pinned to the edge of our seats.
Raise Your Game offers a lighthearted companion to fifty of the world's favourite sports, including a special section on the Summer Olympics. Ian Valentine explains each in a nutshell, so you can watch and talk sport like a seasoned pro.
Oliver Preston's priceless observations on the whacky world of sport land the knockout punch. This is a hugely entertaining and illuminating read for all sports fans, from the part-time enthusiast to the die-hard tragic.
All-weather Surfaces for Horses - 3rd Edition
This is a comprehensive and invaluable guide to the provision of all-weather surfaces for horses which covers the choice of site, drainage, construction, materials, and maintenance, as well as a chapter on the common causes of failure and how to correct them. New developments of major significance are: a patented arena base system which has been installed as part of the provision of an arena for a well-known dressage rider and the continuing development of a patented turf reinforcement system, which has now been introduced at many venues, including Smith's Lawn polo grounds.
Kottas on Dressage
Kottas on Dressage is a distillation of practice and philosophy of one of the most highly regarded international trainers of the current era. Having stressed the need for the rider to establish correct posture and a thorough understanding of the aids before attempting to train the horse, the book goes on to highlight the value of establishing rapport with the horse and enhancing his mental responses and developing his physique with groundwork, before progressing to work under saddle.
Stop, Go, Turn Perfecting the Basics of Riding
Whether you are a novice rider just starting out or an advanced rider wanting to improve, this book can help you to perfect your basic technique. It explains succinctly how exercises involving three aspects of riding-stop, go, and turn-can be used separately and combined to enable you to establish a correct training regime, whether you are starting a young horse or retraining an older one.The outcome of being able to stop, go, and turn with ease means your horse is well balanced, attentive to the aids, and able to work "through his back," and this can only be achieved when you, the rider, have a correct position and give clear aids. This book shows you how.
I'm Champion, Call Me Bob-My Story
In his own words Bob talks of his early life, his path to becoming a professional jump jockey and how it felt being at the top of his game only to have it come crashing down with a life-threatening diagnosis. The depths of despair going through the radical new cancer treatment he was offered and the heights of joy with that famous Grand National victory. This new biography also looks at the whirlwind adventure his life has been since that glorious spring day at Aintree and examines the tremendous fund raising efforts of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.Today Bob is the face of that Trust, the UK's most successful small cancer fund that has been responsible for raising almost GBP15Million, money which has allowed research efforts that have all but eradicated testicular cancer death and furthered new research enquiries into prostate cancer.For the first time Bob shares his thoughts on his life so far, the highs, the lows, injuries, illness and of course just what it felt like to win 'the ultimate test of horse and rider.'