A Parent's Guide to Riding Lessons: Everything You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive with a Horse-Loving Kid

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Storey Publishing, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 179 pages
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Every parent hopes to experience the thrill of seeing a child discover an activity she loves, and then watching as that interest unfolds into a lifelong passion. But when a child adores horses above all, these joys are often dampened by anxiety, especially when the parent knows little about riding. The questions can be overwhelming: How does one begin to find a qualified riding instructor? Just how expensive is this hobby? And -- most important -- will my child be safe?

Parents searching for answers will find relief in A Parent's Guide to Riding Lessons, by Elise Gaston Chand. A former horse-crazy child born to horse-clueless parents, Chand is today both an accomplished horsewoman and the mother of a horse-crazy daughter. Her vantage point allows her to get to the heart of parents' concerns, then offer the information, instruction, and peace of mind that they desperately need.

With its engaging "been there" voice, A Parent's Guide to Riding Lessons combines the instant appeal of an impulse purchase with the practicality and depth of content of a thorough guide. Parents will snap up the book for its clear, reassuring voice, then refer back to it often for its quality answers and information.

A Parent's Guide to Riding Lessons gives busy parents an overview of horseback riding and lesson progression. It translates the strange language of horse enthusiasts, explains horse show etiquette, and addresses specific ways that parents can help children stay safe in and out of the barn. Along the way it offers practical advice, tips, and step-by-step guidance through an array of challenges that parents can expect to face.
 

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Contents

2 Finding the Right Place to Ride
13
3 The Ins and Outs of Taking Lessons
37
4 Children with Special Needs
65
Classes and Clothing
73
6 Behind the Scenes at a Show
97
7 Buying a Horse for Your Child You Dont Have To
111
8 You Bought a Horse Now What?
129
Glossary
152
Helpful Checklists
162
Resources for Parents
168
Acknowledgments
172
Index
174
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Elise Gaston Chand is a horsewoman with over 30 years' experience in horse management, breeding, competition, and industry marketing and advertising. She was a horse-crazy kid and has raised a horse-riding daughter. Elise has been a journalist, freelance writer, editor, and photographer.

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