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Children's LiteratureThis book gives a very thorough guide to beginning horseback riding lessons. Lessons should be taken in order to learn the proper way to ride. Traditional gear to wear when showing a horse is different depending on whether a student is participating in a class for western or English competition. There is a discussion on how to choose a stable for lessons and how to choose the proper size mount for the child. There are various saddles used in particular show classes, such as general purpose saddles, jumping saddles, and dressage saddles. Both English and Western riding tack and techniques are demonstrated. Precise photographs enhance the step-by-step instructions on mounting, sitting on, and dismounting from a horse. Detailed instructions educate the student on how to tell the horse or pony to walk, trot, and canter using leg and hand aids. This is an excellent guidebook for the beginning rider who is taking lessons from an instructor and a good reference for the student who needs to refresh his or her skills. Show ponies from an equestrian school in Gloucestershire, England were used in the book. This is part of the "Kingfisher Riding Club" series. 2004, Kingfisher Publications, Ages 8 to 14.