The Complete Idiot's Guide to Horseback Riding [NOOK Book]


Expert advice from an experienced equestrienne pack The Complete Idiot's Guide to Horseback Riding. Learn simple strategies for mastering basic riding skill, essential information on caring for horses, the differences between Western and English riding styles, caring for the saddle and much more! Rules of polo and polocrosse are also included.
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Expert advice from an experienced equestrienne pack The Complete Idiot's Guide to Horseback Riding. Learn simple strategies for mastering basic riding skill, essential information on caring for horses, the differences between Western and English riding styles, caring for the saddle and much more! Rules of polo and polocrosse are also included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101198995
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/14/2000
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 885,524
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Jessica Jahiel is an internationally recognized clinician and lecturer and the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Riding for the Rest of Us: A Practical Guide for Adult Riders, The Horseback Almanac, and The Parent's Guide to Horseback Riding, She has written for many equestrian magazines and teaches dressage, jumping, and Holistic Horsemanship to students of all ages and levels.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Why Horseback Ride? 1
1 Horseback Riding Is Fun 3
Why Ride a Horse? 4
Indoors, Outdoors, Anywhere 5
This Time, It's Personal 6
Do You Have What It Takes? 6
Don't Just Sit There--Do Something! 7
2 Horseback Riding Is for Everyone 9
Young Riders 10
Older Riders 10
No Excuses 10
Using Your Sports Skills 11
Using Your Life Skills 12
Using Your Language Skills 12
Just Do It! 13
3 Horseback Riding as Sport and Competition 15
How About a Little Competition 15
Investigate Your Options 16
Sedentary Spectating 18
It's an Event, a Driving Competition, and an Aerobic Workout! 19
Where Are the Shows? 20
Part 2 Getting Started 23
4 Finding a Stable and a Style 25
Lesson Stables 25
Boarding Stables 26
Training Stables 26
Props Matter, Too 26
Do It with Style 27
English Riding 27
You Better Shop Around 30
The Balanced Seat 31
5 From Lessons to Leasing 33
A Good Lesson: More Than Just Riding 34
The Eyes Have It 36
Instructor Certification 38
The Option to Lease a Horse 39
The Fine Print: The Lease Contract 40
6 A Horse of Your Own 43
Colors and Markings 44
Stars and Stripes Forever 46
Conformation 47
Bodies in Motion: Gaits and Movement 49
Horses for Courses 51
What's a Type? 56
7 Practical Horse-Shopping 57
Evaluating an Equine Prospect 57
This Wasn't in the Brochure! 62
Worth Another Look 62
Fees and Services: Your Instructor 63
The Veterinary Prepurchase Exam 63
Make up Your Mind! 65
8 HorseKeeping Realities 67
The Cost of Accessorizing Your Horse 67
Horse-Keeping Costs Explained 68
Horse-Expense Worksheet 69
Time Is Money 71
Feathering Your Nest 72
Don't Put the Saddle Before the Horse 73
Red Tape: Health Papers and Boarding Contracts 74
The Terms of Your Lease: Your Boarding Contract 74
How to Groom a Horse 75
Good Horse Keeping 76
Baby Needs Shoes ... or Maybe Not 79
9 Sports Equipment: Saddles and Tack 83
Saddles and Stirrups 84
Bridles and Bits 87
Part 3 Basic Riding Skills 93
10 Ready ... Set ... Ride 95
Fit to Ride 96
Get Ready to Ride 97
Mount Up and Work Out 97
Assume the Position 97
In the Saddle 98
Away from the Barn 101
11 Walk This Way 103
What the Horse Does 104
What You'll Do 104
Things to Do at the Walk 105
12 Time to Trot 107
What You'll Do 107
A Posting Tutorial 108
13 Time to Canter 115
What the Horse Does 116
What You'll Do 116
The Canter Depart 117
Different Types of Canters 118
Part 4 Types of Riding 119
14 Riding Western Style 121
Showmanship 122
Barrel Racing 122
Reining 123
Cutting 124
Reined Cow Horse 124
Team Roping 125
Team Penning 125
Trail Riding 125
Basic Western Tack and Equipment 126
Your Western-Riding Duds 128
Ready to Ride? 128
Basic Western-Riding Skills 130
Your Western Horse: Gaits and Movement 132
Stop 134
Start 134
Turn 134
Exercises 134
15 Riding English Style 137
Hunter Showing 137
Show Jumping 138
Dressage 139
Eventing 139
Recreational Riding 142
Understanding English Tack 142
Your English-Riding Duds 143
Basic English-Riding Skills 145
Your Horse: Gaits and Movement 146
Stop, Start, and Turn 148
Exercises and More Exercises 149
16 Jumping for Joy 151
Rider Position 152
Fun with Grid Work 153
Jumping Courses 156
17 Happy Trails to You 159
Plan Your Trail Ride 160
Dressing for the Great Outdoors 160
Don't Leave Home Without It 160
Watch the Weather 161
File a Flight Plan 161
Trail-Riding Etiquette 161
Training on the Trail 164
18 Going the Distance 167
Competitive Trail Riding 167
Endurance Riding 168
Ride 'n' Tie 171
Mounted Orienteering 171
Mounted Patrol and Mounted Search and Rescue 172
19 Foxhunting or Fox Chasing? 175
What Is Foxhunting? 175
History and Tradition 177
Cubbing 177
It's Not a Drag 177
Who's Who 178
How to Get Started 179
Getting Off to a Slow Start 182
20 Polo and Polocrosse 183
Are Polo Ponies Really Ponies? 183
The Game of Polo 184
Polo-Match Traditions 186
Polocrosse Anyone? 187
Part 5 Horses, Horse-Sense, and You 189
21 Know Your Partner 191
Horse-Handling Skills 192
The Horse's Report Card 195
Go Right to the Source and Ask the Horse 200
Socially Speaking 201
22 Physical Fitness for Better Riding 205
Physical Benefits 205
What Can You Do? 206
Where Are You Now? 207
Injuries Happen 209
Slow and Steady Wins 210
23 Mental Fitness for Better Performance 211
Thinking About Riding 211
Setting Goals and Tracking Progress 214
Write It All Down! 214
Your Horse's Mental Fitness 215
24 Learning to Learn--to Ride 217
Learning 101 217
The Fear Factor 218
The Older Beginner 220
Your Family: Sabotage or Support? 224
Part 6 Dressing for Success and Upgrading 227
25 Proper Riding Clothes 229
Hats and Heads 229
Boot Camp 231
Riding Duds 234
Show-Ring Attire: Dress to Impress 235
26 Seasonal Sports Clothing 239
Summer Riding Clothes 239
Spring and Fall Riding Clothes 241
Winter Riding Clothes 241
27 Upgrading Your Horse 245
Starting Over 245
Horse Shopping, Again 246
Breeds and Registries 246
Crossbreds 258
Types and Brand Names: Warmbloods 258
28 Upgrading Your Instruction 261
Starting Again with the Same Instructor 261
Taking It to a Higher Level 263
What's a Clinic, Anyway? 263
Finding a New Instructor 267
29 Getting Competitive 271
Hunter Competition 272
Jumpers Competition 272
Western Competition 273
Equitation Competition 273
Dressage Competition 273
Eventing Competition 274
Know Before You Show 275
Show-Prep Countdown 277
At the Show 278
Your Show Checklist 279
Part 7 More Horse Activities 283
30 Holidays in the Saddle 285
Go West, Young Rider! 285
Equestrian Vacations Abroad 287
Vacation Preparation 288
Vacation Time! 290
31 Going to Riding Camp 291
Summer Camps for Kids 291
Horse Camps 292
32 More Fun with Horses 295
Horse Fairs 295
Western Events 297
Rodeos 298
Equine Museums 298
Farm Tours 300
A Glossary of Horse Talk 301
B Resources 313
C Where to Shop 325
Index 329
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    Click me

    Kiss your hand and post this three times somewhere else and when you wake up there will be an iphone 5 under your pillow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010


    this book tought me everthig that i know about horse back riding i totaly recamened it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    A very superficial introduction to horseback riding

    In a nutshell: This book gives the impression of being about horse riding A-Z, but you'd be hard-pressed to actually do anything with a horse after reading this book. This book assumes you've got the perfectly trained horse and that you've got an instructor who has shown you all of the essentials (because this book doesn't). Instead of spending so much time on discussing people and horse mental preparedness, I wished this book would go into detail on how to actually do something with the horse. A few examples: If you want to know how to put on a saddle, don't buy this book, it doesn't tell you. However, you might be able to identify an English or Western saddle (if you already knew what one looked like since there isn't a picture). A beginner horse rider who has just bought a horse might want to know what kind of bit to buy. Unfortunately this book, which does identify the two types of bits, doesn't offer any advice on when to use the two different kinds. If you've ever done any horseriding, you probably know that horses don't always go where you want them to - This book assumes the perfectly trained horse (I've never met one), and offers no help on maneuvering the stubborn horse. I'm sad to say, this book is very limited in its scope and probably a waste of money for all types of riders. Just one last grieve ... I couldn't even find a mention of how a horse's height (in hands) is measured. My brother bought Horses for Dummies and seems to know all the stuff I didn't get from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002


    It gives SOOO much info not only about riding, but about horse senses, and almost ANY thing you could have a question about. Very very useful if your just beginning with horses or if your an experienced equestrian, it contains info that you might not even have thought of!! definitley a keeper!!!

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