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.
Fit to Ride in 9 Weeks
Regardless of discipline, level of expertise, training philosophy, body shape, or fitness level, all riders do better in horse-related activities on the ground and in the saddle when they take care of their bodies and maintain their fitness.
While riding is a great way to enjoy an active lifestyle, on its own it is not enough to condition and tone the body to the degree we need, and then the horse must make up the fitness gap in our physical partnership. If our reflexes are slow, if our bodies fatigue, if our position collapses, if tension patterns appear, then the horse suffers repetitive asymmetrical strain or develops compensatory movement habits. It is for his good, as well as ours, that certified personal trainer and riding coach Heather Sansom has developed an utterly achievable 9-week plan to give every rider the straightness, suppleness, strength, and stamina she needs to rider her best.
With hundreds of one-of-a-kind illustrations depicting accurate musculature on the rider's body, and dozens of proven exercises organised in a progressive fitness program with easy-to-use schedule charts, Sansom’s book is the key to enjoying the ride, being fair to your horse, and getting into fabulous shape in nine weeks!
Posture and Performance
This beautifully illustrated book looks at how to deliver a safe, varied, fun, effective and achievable training programme. It provides all the ingredients for riders to make informed decisions to maximise their own and their horse’s potential, gain more enjoyment, satisfaction and improve their skills.
Based on the principles of anatomy and biomechanics with welfare in mind learn all about: Skeletal maturity; how to achieve good back posture; how stresses and strains in one part of the body affects another; why some muscles become long and weak and others short and tight; how to reduce strain on ligaments and tendons; movements to strengthen and condition muscles; exercises for suppleness and core stability; why pole work and gymnastic jumping benefits horses for all disciplines.
In line with the other books by Gillian, Posture and Performance looks at training and management from a completely different perspective and is certainly too good to miss!
Aimed at riders, horse owners, professional therapists, trainers, instructors and anyone interested in learning more about the anatomy and biomechanics of horses, this refreshingly different, practical and comprehensive riding and training guide reveals how, by understanding how their horses function, they can maximise potential, improve skills, reach their goals and enjoy their horses to the full.
How Your Horse Moves
Take a fresh look at equine anatomy and biomechanics with this graphic guide to how horses move, presented from the inside out. Commissioned by the leading publishers David and Charles and written by popular request from riders, coaches, students and lecturers.
Gain insight into how your horse works:
Understand how bones and muscles work together to produce movement by seeing the musculoskeletal system painted on Freddie, Henry and friends.
Discover how correct riding and training can bring out the best in your horse – by seeing exactly what happens as he moves.
Learn how to increase fitness, strength and balance.
Practical exercises and stretches demonstrate how you can improve suppleness, reduce the risk of injury develop a deeper rapport with your horse.
Fit & Focused in 52
Coach Daniel Stewart has made a name for himself over the past 25 years, enthusiastically training riders of all levels throughout the world, as well as coaching top athletes on several US Equestrian Teams at World Championships, World Equestrian Games, and the Olympics. He's widely considered one of the world's leading experts on equestrian sport psychology, athletics, and performance, providing tips and quips at hundreds of clinics a year, in his bestselling books, and online through his Pressure Proof Academy.
Now Coach Stewart is combining his popular rider mental conditioning techniques with ideas for physical conditioning, as well. In Fit and Focused in 52 for Riders, readers get quick-hit recommendations for one exercise for the body, and one for the mind, for every week of the year. The end goal is attaining full-on fitness that ensures improved performance on horseback, whatever your age, ability, or discipline. With 52 weeks of creative cross-training and loads of ideas for customizing workouts to fit personal goals and lifestyle schedules, riders are sure to find themselves positive, pumped up, and ready to go, from head to toe.
Eventing Explained (hardback) is a unique, all round view of how to start eventing for riders of all ages wanting to compete in their first affiliated horse trials. As well as being packed with top tips and exercises for riders in all three phases, it is also an ideal aid for parents or other halves of would-be event riders whose weekends will never be the same again once they hit the eventing circuit!
A who's who section includes, amongst others, the responsibilities of the course designer, builder, secretary, regional coordinator and organiser in running a horse trials, and how their roles are relevant to a competitor.
As well as information on getting your horse fit, there are also sections on rider fitness and sport psychology to prepare for the event and to do your best on the day. Colour-coded so you can pick out relevant sections at a glance, Eventing Explained is the must-have guide for riders wanting to compete at BE80, BE90 and BE100 level.