Overview

Horses move! It is what makes them useful, able and beautiful. A foal can walk, trot and gallop within hours of its birth. The horse knows how to be a horse without human help. But when we ride, drive, train and judge horses, we soon discover that not all horses move equally well. Even though there are over two hundred breeds and types of horses and many different disciplines and styles of riding, the horse's basic mechanism and nature are the same. At the heart of Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement is what is ...
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Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement

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Overview

Horses move! It is what makes them useful, able and beautiful. A foal can walk, trot and gallop within hours of its birth. The horse knows how to be a horse without human help. But when we ride, drive, train and judge horses, we soon discover that not all horses move equally well. Even though there are over two hundred breeds and types of horses and many different disciplines and styles of riding, the horse's basic mechanism and nature are the same. At the heart of Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement is what is natural and common to all breeds, and herein lies the broadness of this book's appeal to riders, instructors, trainers and judges anyone concerned with equine movement. Lifelong horsewoman Susan E. Harris addresses in her writing and in her more than 300 superb drawings which demonstrate the kind of nuance and detail photographs do not permit the following topics:
  • basic structure and anatomy
  • the cycle of movement
  • gaits and transitions
  • balance and movement
  • poor movement
  • flexion, bending and lateral movement
  • conformation and movement
  • shoeing and movement
  • how a rider affects movement.
Her chapter on practical tips for improving the horse's movement will be especially valuable to the rider, whether he or she is in reining, show jumping or dressage. Indeed, the information given in this book will go a long way toward enabling horsemen to interfere less and thus permit the horse to achieve the best movement it is capable of achieving.
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Offers advice to horsemen who are concerned with helping the horse achieve the best movement it is capable of. Includes 300 drawings that demonstrate the kind of nuance and detail photographs do not permit. Topics include: basic structure and anatomy, the cycle of movement, gaits and transitions, balance and movement, poor movement, flexion, bending and lateral movement, conformation and movement, shoeing and movement, and how a rider affects movement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470256466
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/27/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 647,350
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Susan E. Harris is a renowned horsewoman author, artist and riding instructor who conducts Centered Riding clinics and "Anatomy in Motion" demonstrations in the United States, Europe and Australia. She contributes to Practical Horseman and is the author of six United States Pony Club guides as well as Grooming to Win, all from Howell Book House. Her Web site is anatomyinmotion.com.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Chapter 1. Why Learn About Gaits, Balance and Movement?

Chapter 2. Basic Structure and Anatomy.

Chapter 3. How a Horse Moves: The Cycle of Movement.

Chapter 4. The Gaits and Transitions.

Chapter 5. Gait Qualities and Good Movement.

Chapter 6. Balance and Movement.

Chapter 7. Poor Movement.

Chapter 8. Flexion, Bending and Lateral Movements.

Chapter 9. Types of Movement.

Chapter 10. Conformation and Movement.

Chapter 11. Shoeing and Movement.

Chapter 12. How the Rider Affects Movement.

Chapter 13. Improving Your Horse's Movement-Some Practical Tips.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    Awesome

    This is a wonderful book. It's very easy to understand. I was disappointed when it was finished. I'm looking for more like it but so far nothing.

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