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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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?

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603424479
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 9/16/2009
  • Pages: 179
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction viii

1 What You Need to Know 1

English and Western Riding

Some Basic Equine Information

"Horse"Spoken Here

Equine Sounds and Vocalizations

Learn from the "Expert"

2 Finding the Right Place to Ride 13

Finding a Good Instructor

Asking the Right Questions

The Barn Visit

Assessing the Arenas

The Evaluation Ride

Making a Decision

3 The Ins and Outs of Taking Lessons 37

Proper Safety from Head to Toe

Getting in a Group or Going Solo?

Learning from the Ground Up

Basic Bam Manners

Etiquette in the Arena

Riding 101 - Why Are They Just Going Round in Circles?

Ongoing Assessment

Is My Child Ready to Move Up?

4 Children with Special Needs 65

How Horses Help People

Finding a Therapeutic Riding Center

5 On with the Show Classes and Clothing 73

Types of Competition

Types of Classes

What to Wear: A Guide to Show Attire

Proper English Show Attire

Proper Western Show Attire

A Word about Spurs

What's All This Going to Cost?

6 Behind the Scenes at a Show 97

Before the Classes Begin

How to Enjoy a Horse Show

Proper Parental Etiquette

7 Buying a Horse for Your Child(You Don't Have To!) 111

Leasing a Horse

Making the Commitment: Buying a Horse

Why You Should Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Finding the Right Horse

8 You Bought a Horse - Now What? 129

What Horses Need

Evaluating Boarding Facilities

Horse Tack, Equipment, and Supplies

Wait, There's More!

Safely Tying a Horse or Pony

Glossary 152

Helpful Checklists 162

Resources for Parents 168

Acknowledgments 172

Index 174

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    She does shows

    My daughter does horse shows and it helped her and me

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