First Riding Lessons

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With a wealth of in-depth information, First Riding Lessons covers a wide range of essential topics, from finding out where to ride, care and maintenance of tack, including first riding and first jumping lessons, and...

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Overview

Young riders will learn how to approach and ride a horse or pony with this beautifully illustrated resource. This addition to the Kingfisher Riding Club is perfect for every child who dreams of having a pony of their own, or who wants to learn more about riding one.

With a wealth of in-depth information, First Riding Lessons covers a wide range of essential topics, from finding out where to ride, care and maintenance of tack, including first riding and first jumping lessons, and basic dressage. First Riding Lessons will give the curious child all the basic information they need, and reinforce the learning experiences of novice riders and riders-to-be.

Special Features

• Specially commissioned photos

• Detailed photo sequences show basic riding techniques

• Coverage of both English and Western styles

• Illustrated glossary and index

Presents detailed information on beginning horseback riding lessons, including various types of ponies and horses, and kinds of equipment used.

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Editorial Reviews

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This 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.
—Sally Niezgoda
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Gr 3-5-This attractive offering addresses the issues, questions, and equipment that youngsters starting riding lessons are likely to encounter. Colorful, crisp photographs expand understanding of the text, aided by helpful captions. Two-page spreads are devoted to topics such as "Why take riding lessons?" "Where to take riding lessons," "Clothes to wear for riding," and "Types of ponies." The focus of this book is English-style riding, and information on Western-style is limited to two pages on "Western tack" and is oddly missing from the discussion of "Competitive riding." An additional purchase.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753457436
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/10/2004
  • Series: Kingfisher Riding Club Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy Ransford has over 30 books for children to her credit. These include titles on horses and riding, dogs, fashion for kids, and conservation - as well as many activity, game and puzzle books. She is the author of all of the books in the Kingfisher Riding Club series - First Riding Lessons, Horses & Ponies, Horse & Pony Breeds, and Horse & Pony Care - as well as Horse & Pony Factfile.

Bob Langrish has been the sole photographer for about 60 equestrian books. He lives in the center of horse country in the Cotswolds, England.

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Table of Contents

Before you start 4
Why take riding lessons? 5
Where to take riding lessons 6
Clothes to wear for riding 8
Types of ponies 10
A pony's tack 12
Saddles and girths 13
Bridles and bits 14
Saddling up 16
Putting on a bridle 18
Western tack 20
First lessons 22
Meeting your pony 23
Getting to know a pony 24
Mounting 26
Dismounting 28
How to sit in the saddle 30
The aids 32
On the lunge or lead line rein 34
On your own 36
Turning left and right 38
Learning to trot 40
Cantering 42
Western riding 44
In the arena 46
Riding in a group 47
Exercises in the arena 48
Without stirrups and reins 50
Exercises in the saddle 52
Your first jumping lessons 54
Looking forward 56
Road safety 57
Trail riding 58
Ready to move on 60
Glossary 62
Index 64
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