Horseback Riding For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 14, 2011 - Pets - 388 pages
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You’ve always dreamed of riding horses. So what are you waiting for? It’s time you realized your equestrian dreams and learned to ride like a pro on the back of a noble steed. And Horseback Riding for Dummies shows you how.

Don’t know a horse’s head from its tail, a trot from a canter, withers from a fetlock? No problem. Coauthored by a medal-winning equestrian and nationally respected equestrian trainer, it tells you what you need to know about that elegant animal, body and soul, to become an accomplished rider. And it trains you in all the technical basics of riding for fun or competition, including how to:

  • Find a good stable and instructor
  • Select riding gear
  • Warm up and keep riding muscles fit
  • Establish a rapport with a horse
  • Cue a horse to walk, jog, trot, lope, and cantor
  • Ride in the ring and on trails
  • Improve your balance and timing
  • Compete in horse shows
  • Buy and care for your own horse

Stop dreaming about it and learn to ride like the wind with Horseback Riding for Dummies—the ultimate beginner’s guide to all things equestrian.

 

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I have not read all of the book but is informative so far. I am a novice so I am glad that is an easy read. It looks to be a good reference book also.My order arrived in great condition and very timely also.Thank you. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Having Fun with Other Styles
4
Beginning with Horseback Riding Basics
7
Head to Hoof The Mind and Mechanics of a Horse
19
Schools in Session Taking Riding Lessons
37
Mind and Body Conditioning Yourself for Riding
49
Safety First Protecting Yourself around Horses
61
Getting Set with the Right
71
Bumping Up Your Skills with the Jog or Trot
177
Getting on the Fast Track with the Lope or Canter
199
Making the Leap into Jumping
217
Riding into Advanced Pastures
233
Taking the Plunge by Buying a Horse
241
Exploring Horse Care
255
and Activities
273
Dont Fence Me In Trail Riding
281

Not Just for the Brits English Riding
81
Dressing Up Horses with Saddles
87
Getting a HeadsUp on Bridles
101
Equipping Yourself with Other Important Gear
109
Settling into the Saddle
119
Mounting and Dismounting
137
Enjoying the Walk
151
Show Off Riding in Competition
295
Even More Riding Styles and Activities
309
Ten Rules of Riding Etiquette
331
Ten Horseback Games to Improve Your Riding
337
Resources for Riders
343
Index
349
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About the author (2011)

Audrey Pavia is an award-winning writer of numerous books and articles on equine subjects.

Shannon Sand is a medal-winning equestrian who worked as an assistant trainer to the U.S. Olympic equestrian team.

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