Complete Horse Riding Manual

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Penguin, Mar 5, 2012 - Pets - 400 pages
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Horses allow ordinary people to do extraordinary things, and this extraordinary book shows you how.
Now revised and updated, the Complete Horse Riding Manual covers dressage, show jumping, and cross-country riding, detailing everything you need to know to compete in these events, whether you are a beginner or more experienced rider.
Complete Horse Riding Manual is brimming with advice on finding the best horse for you, training a young horse, forming the ultimate horse-and-rider team, boosting and maintaining your own physical fitness and suppleness, and building the fitness and stamina of your horse.

 

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Contents

Analyzing the Horses Jump 198
198
Jumping Variables 204
204
A Training Program 206
206
Understanding Distances 208
208
Jumping a Novice Grid 212
212
Improving Your Horses Jump 214
214
Jumping a More Advanced Grid 216
216
Related Distances and Turns 218
218

Coping with Nerves 30
30
An Introduction to Jumping 32
32
Riding Activities for All 36
36
UNDERSTANDING THE HORSE 40
41
The Structure of the Horse 42
42
The Herd Instinct 44
44
A Horses Senses 46
46
How a Horse Learns 50
50
The Contented Horse 52
52
The Rider as Coach 56
56
BASIC HORSE TRAINING 60
61
Training Equipment 62
62
Handling a Young Horse 66
66
Introducing Riding Tack 70
70
Preparing for a Rider 72
72
Jumping without a Rider 74
74
Introducing the Rider 76
76
Jumping with the Rider 80
80
Troubleshooting 84
84
BALANCED RIDING 90
91
Understanding Balance 92
92
Balance and Form 96
96
Moving with the Horse 98
98
Becoming a Better Rider 100
100
Achieving a Good Position 102
102
Becoming More Effective 104
104
DRESSAGE TRAINING AND COMPETITION 106
107
Inspirational Dressage 108
108
Equipment and Arenas 110
110
Developing Form and Balance 114
114
Harmony with the Horse 116
116
Developing Language and Feel 118
118
Introducing the Constants 122
122
The Purity of the Paces 124
124
Variation of Paces 126
126
Introducing the Variables 128
128
Constants and Variables 130
130
Developing the Constants 132
132
Using the Variables 134
134
A Training Program 136
136
Transitions 138
138
Turns and Circles 140
140
Corners and Bends 142
142
Straight Lines and Bends 144
144
Leg Yielding 146
146
ShoulderIn 148
148
Flying Change 150
150
Travers Renvers and Half Pass 152
152
Pirouettes 154
154
Collection and Extension 156
156
Combining the Exercises 158
158
Exercise Overview 160
160
Riding the Novice Test 162
162
Riding the Elementary Test 164
164
Riding the Medium Test 166
166
Riding the Advanced Test 168
168
At the Competition 170
170
Troubleshooting 174
174
SHOWJUMPING TRAINING AND COMPETITION 184
185
Inspirational Showjumping 186
186
Equipment and Facilities 188
188
The Riders Position 192
192
Feeling a Stride 196
196
Jumping Against the Clock 220
220
Combining the Exercises 226
226
Exercise Overview 230
230
Novice Course 232
232
Elementary Course 234
234
Medium Course 236
236
Advanced Course 238
238
At the Competition 240
240
Troubleshooting 244
244
CROSSCOUNTRY TRAINING AND COMPETITION 254
255
Inspirational Eventing 256
256
CrossCountry Equipment 258
258
A CrossCountry Facility 260
260
Taking Safety Precautions 262
262
The Riders Position 264
264
Being Effective 266
266
Constants and Variables 270
270
Developing a Partnership 272
272
A Training Program 274
274
Narrow Fences 276
276
Angled Fences 278
278
Corner Fences 280
280
Ditches 282
282
Sunken Roads 284
284
Banks and Drops 286
286
Jumping In and Out of Water 288
288
Bounces and Combinations 290
290
Jumping Up and Downhill 292
292
Jumping at High Speed 294
294
Exercise Overview 296
296
Diamond Bank and Coffin 298
298
Advanced Water Combination 302
302
At the Competition 304
304
Troubleshooting 312
312
PHYSICAL PREPARATION OF THE HORSE 318
319
Your Horses Fitness 320
320
Fitness Programs 324
324
A Feeding Program 330
330
PHYSICAL PREPARATION OF THE RIDER 332
333
Fitness for Riding 334
334
Developing Good Posture 336
336
Improving Your Balance 340
340
Becoming More Supple 342
342
Improving Strength 346
346
Improving Coordination 348
348
Developing Core Fitness 350
350
MENTAL PREPARATION OF THE RIDER 352
353
Why Mental Preparation? 354
354
Getting Started 356
356
Being Steady 358
358
Simplifying Your Training 360
360
Staying Positive 364
364
A Flexible Approach 366
366
Being Prepared 368
368
A Balanced Approach 370
370
BUILDING YOUR ULTIMATE TEAM 372
373
The Ultimate Horse 374
374
The Ultimate Backup Team 380
380
The Ultimate Coach 382
382
Glossary 384
384
Index 394
394
Acknowledgments 400
400
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About the author (2012)

William Micklem has been a national coach for the Irish Horse Board and trainer director at Gleneagles' Mark Phillips Equestrian Center. In addition to being a television commentator and contributor to equestrian journals, he has also discovered several top-quality horses, including Bico, Custom Made, and Gilt Edge.

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