In this long awaited follow-up to the highly praised Cobs Can! Omar Rabia introduces the idea of a systematic, progressive series of exercises designed to develop suppleness, collection, obedience and rideability in cobs. He discusses the prerequisites of starting this journey and the reasoning behind working cobs in-hand before ridden work is commenced. While the exercises are set out in a progressive order, each exercise offers particular benefits and works on 'target areas', so you can choose those exercises that will most benefit your cob before moving onto other exercises in the series. Progression within each exercise is explained so that riders know when to move onto the next step within the exercise. From the basic work to more advanced, every cob rider will find something of value here.
No Fear, No Force
A guide to handling and training unhandled and semi-feral foals in an ethical and gentle way. This guide will help you as a breeder or new owner to train your foal without fear or force and to bring them round to being handled and friendly within hours and days rather than months and years. Applicable to foals born in a semi-feral environment, those that have been traumatised by manhandling or even domesticated foals that are just wary of humans. Suitable for every kind of horse lover from the first time handler to the most experienced. This method will become the new tradition in foal handling.
The Manual of Horsemanship
The Manual of Horsemanship is a complete basic guide to horsemanship and horse care, suitable for all ages and containing an amalgam of expert knowledge. Boasting numerous improved, updated features and enjoying its biggest overhaul in a decade, the manual has been comprehensively revised with an exciting new format and design. This new edition has been brought up to date by members of the Training Committee of The Pony Club to include major updates to the Bridle, Bitting and Additional Saddlery, Shoeing and Worm Control chapters. With The Training Scale now included, along with an addition of an extensive glossary of terms, the chapters within the book have been re-arranged and grouped into three themed sections Part One: The Horse, Part Two: The Rider and Riding and Part Three: Saddlery and Lorinery, which makes reading the manual more logical. New photographs, charts and diagrams feature throughout and the increase in page size to 270 x 200mm provides ease of reference.
Horses Inside Out Anatomy Poster Book vol 1
This beautifully presented poster book which uses the horse as a living canvas, consists of an extensive series of labelled photographs relating to the skin, skeleton and musculature. In addition to the more conventional views from the side, images are also portrayed from the front, back and above. This poster book is a useful and unique resource for riders, students, trainers, as well as BHS and pony club candidates following a structured exam programme and indeed anyone wishing to go learn more scientific names for equine structures.
Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners
For nearly 125 years, Captain Hayes' Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners has been the standard work on equine health care, constantly amended and updated. Leading veterinary specialists from Britain and around the world have been recruited to write this edition, the 18th, so it will continue to provide a totally comprehensive guide to horse medicine and surgery, explaining the symptoms and treatment of every disease or injury that the horse owner is likely to encounter. Written in plain language that both experts and novices will appreciate, the book contains detailed sections on the Organ, Musculoskeletal and Reproductive Systems, Infectious Diseases, Medical and Surgical matters, Management and Husbandry, and a variety of other important issues. New for this edition are section on Performance Analysis and Artificial Insemination. Clear, concise and authoritative, Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners saves horses lives.
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.
Horses Inside Out Anatomy Poster Book vol 2
The Internal Organs is another beautifully presented poster book this time depicting the internal organs.Again using the horse as a living canvas, the book consists of an extensive series of labelled photographs. It includes the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic urinary and reproductive systems. This book is of interest to any equestrian wishing to learn about the structures of the horse. It is also very useful for instructors, lecturers and professionals wishing to explain points to clients / students.
Know You, Know Your Horse
Wouldn't it be wonderful to understand how horses think and will react to certain situations in advance? As a matter of fact, wouldn't it be wonderful to know that about the people in your life too? Now you can. This book delves deeply into the sections of the horse and the human brain to describe core personalities. Understanding these personalities allows the reader to determine what horse will work best for which person. This works for selecting, rehoming, training methods, as well as matching a horse to a particular discipline. Any horse owner (seasoned or new) or trainer (amateur or professional) will gain a more complete understanding of what makes their equine partner tick by reading 'Know You - Know Your Horse'
Dancing with Horses: Communication by Body Language
Dominance without punishment, collection without rein pressure, these apparent contradictions are explained as this charismatic new author demonstrates his revolutionary method of teaching and training based upon precisely defined body language. The method, a way of communicating in a visual language understood by the horse, assists the rider to develop a 'presence' and to achieve interaction with the horse. It is classically based and embodies both holistic and spiritual principles. Packed with marvellous colour photographs this book has already been a bestseller in Germany, France, Spain and Scandinavia and will enthral every horse owner.
The Horse Agility Handbook
Over the past few decades, an evolution in how we go about training horses has encouraged horse owners to spend more time handling their horse on the ground in order to achieve good behaviour, mutual trust, and a healthy partnership - before they ever think about getting in the saddle. This has created a generation of horsemen and women perfectly poised to pursue the competitive and social benefits of the sport of Horse Agility. Horse trainer Vanessa Bee, founder of the International Horse Agility Club, says that we need to change the way we think about horses and the sports and activities we so often pursue with them. She sees no reason the horse cannot enjoy your time together so much, he will choose to 'play' with you - over, under, and through obstacles, without a lead rope, even when loose in a large, grassy pasture. Hard to believe? Try it for yourself! The Horse Agility Handbook has all you need to get started in the sport, including lessons in handling and body language, directions for obstacle and course construction, and information for managing competitions and 'play days'. - The complete start-up guide to training horses in horse agility - Written by horsewoman Vanessa Bee - Founder of the International Horse Agility Club and 3-Minute Horsemanship - Explains a step-by-step process: first developing a relationship with one's horse and then continue together to build confidence and co-operation - Covers horse and handler basics, obstacle construction and organising and judging competitions - Horse agility is an activity and a sport which provides a place for those people and horses who may not wish to, or be able to, work under saddle
Pilates & Stretching for Horses
Human athletes have long understood the benefits of stretching and core strength. Beautifully illustrated, this step by step guide provides exercises for maintaining suppleness, flexibility and range of movement for your horse.Well organised, the 26 exercises are equally beneficial for horses of all disciplines, Clearly explained and easy to follow the guide explains exactly ‘how to do the exercises’, which areas of the body will benefit and gives tips to ensure maximum benefit.
Practical Steps in Rehabilitating Your Horse
Aimed at novice to advanced riders this resource looks at the therapies available and the practical steps owners can take to ensure their horse's rehabilitation is successful Many horses and ponies suffer injuries to their muscles, joints, and ligaments, which tend to be poorly diagnosed, yet eventually prove to be incapacitating. The animals are taken out of work for months, then brought back into work hoping that time has cured them, and later sold on as less-than-sound, retired, or sent to the great pasture in the sky. This guide argues that the rehabilitation process must be a series of local steps and helps carers to know which procedures to implement and roughly how long it will take for the horse to respond, as well as how to measure their expectations, know the pitfalls of each therapy available, and take charge of their emotions. Everybody can achieve an improvement if their horse or pony suffered an injury, or needs help to recover from surgery, if they have a better understanding of what they are trying to achieve. This book offers an in-depth look at the causes and effects of lameness, how compensatory mechanisms can get in the way of diagnosis, how to find the root of the problem, and what to do about it.
Horse and Stable Management 4th edition
Since the first edition was published in 1984 Horse and Stable Management has become the recognised source of reliable information on all aspects of the practical management of horses and ponies. It is now the established textbook for everyone who owns a horse or works with horses.This fourth edition has been radically revised and reorganised to include the most up-to-date and accurate procedures and advice. With many new photographs, Horse and Stable Management includes chapters covering evolution and behaviour, conformation and action, routine preventive measures, nursing the sick horse, first aid, lameness and the management of breeding stock.Horse and Stable Management is essential reading for those taking British Horse Society and Association of British Riding Schools examinations as well as those taking college equine courses or National Vocational Qualifications in horse care and management.
Barefoot Horse Keeping provides a practical, accessible, and objective guide to barefoot horse keeping. The book draws on empirical research and the authors' 25 years experience delivering barefoot hoof care, saddle fitting, behavioral training, and rider coaching. The topics covered include the Barefoot philosophy, the herd and the environment, hoof trimming, diet and nutrition, and equine anatomy and biomechanics.
Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals
A thoroughly updated edition of this essential reference guide for physiotherapists and physical therapists, looking to apply the proven benefits of physiotherapy to the treatment of companion and performance animals.Seven new chapters provide greatly expanded coverage of practical treatment and rehabilitationIncludes reviews of different physiotherapy techniques, drawing on both human and animal literatureDiscusses approaches in small animal medicine as well as for elite equine athletesProvides applied evidence-based clinical reasoning model, with case examplesNow in full colour with many more illustrations
Horse Massage for Horse Owners
In this practical, educational, and easy-to-follow book, the author shares the knowledge and skills you need to massage your own horse. Learn about equine anatomy and the seven key muscles you will work on-and how to draw them in chalk on your own horse. Get to grips with the different massage techniques-effleurage (stroking), petrissage (compression and kneading), tapotement (cupping), and friction (cross-fiber friction)-and know how and when to apply them. Find out how to combine the moves to develop a complete massage routine that your horse will enjoy and find beneficial. The author's wide variety of experience, combined with traditional qualifications, behavioral qualifications and physical therapy qualifications, allows her to offer a holistic approach to working with owners and their horses. She shows that massaging your horse regularly will mean that you can understand him better. Communication between you and your horse will improve as he realizes that you are listening to him as much as he tries to listen to you. Through this and the well-documented physical benefits of massage, his health and wellbeing will be enhanced and his performance will improve. And, best of all, massage is something that will be enjoyed by both you and your horse.
Lungeing and Long-Reining
Lungeing and Long-Reining, published in association with The British Horse Society, is a step-by-step guide to training, exercising and suppling horses from the ground, written by Britain's leading exponent of the art.The book begins with advice on handling untrained youngsters and works through a logical training progression, culminating in advanced dressage movements.Straightforward guidance is given on:Training foals and young horsesLungeing equipment and techniqueIntroducing long-reins and early lateral workBacking and riding young horsesLungeing over poles and fencesAdvanced long-reining; including cantering, rein-back, shoulder-in, travers, half pirouettes, half-pass, renvers, canter half-pass, canter pirouettes and tempi flying changes.Piaffe and passage Olympic dressage rider and trainer Jennie Loriston-Clarke has broken and schooled countless dressage and jumping horses, and initially uses lungeing and long-reining to establish the horse's basic education and create mutual respect between horse and handler. The knowledge she has gained over the years while working with novices and older 'difficult' horses sent for retraining, is distilled in this book into simple instructions, so that others can avoid making costly mistakes when training their horses.The goal throughout is to produce a horse that is confident, keen and happy in his work - which should be the aim of every trainer.Illustrated with specially commissioned sequence photographs, this book will prove particularly valuable in the early training of young horses, as well as in improving or retraining older horses, and refining dressage movements in advance horses.
Introduction to Horse Biology
Many students have only a limited knowledge of biology before starting a variety of equine courses, from BHS stages to National Certificate and Diploma and HND/degree. Introduction to Horse Biology provides all the information students of equine subjects require, particularly those without a GCSE or A level in biology.This book will be invaluable to all students of equine subjects including First Diploma, National Diploma, National Certificate, Higher National Diploma and Higher National Certificate and all students studying for BHS or other equine related examinations. It is also ideal for serious horse owners searching for a better understanding of horses and how they function.