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Horse Showing for Kids: Training, Grooming, Trailering, Apparel, Tack, Competing, Sportsmanship
     

Horse Showing for Kids: Training, Grooming, Trailering, Apparel, Tack, Competing, Sportsmanship

by Cheryl Kimball
 

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Before you ride into the ring, study this one-of-a-kind interactive handbook. Included are checklists to help you prepare for a show, plus a Show Diary so you can chart your progress. Sidebars explain how to do everything from loading a horse into a trailer to catching the judge's eye. And judges, trainers, and kids who've competed give you tons of tips on how to have

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Before you ride into the ring, study this one-of-a-kind interactive handbook. Included are checklists to help you prepare for a show, plus a Show Diary so you can chart your progress. Sidebars explain how to do everything from loading a horse into a trailer to catching the judge's eye. And judges, trainers, and kids who've competed give you tons of tips on how to have a show experience that's fun, safe, and successful.

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Children's Literature
This unique book is a treasure for young equestrians who have an interest in entering the world of competition. Kimball guides readers through all aspects of horse showing, beginning with different types of horse shows, types of classes, and who's who at the shows. The discussions of horse selection, conditioning and training, and grooming are informative and accompanied by checklists. Details on how to dress for a horse show, plan for it and maintain confidence provide a sense of control, and a number of Show Story pages detail real life experiences of riders. Most chapters conclude with a "homework" page, i.e. questions to ask oneself, checklists and so forth. Wonderful color photos and illustrations support the text, such as a step-by-step approach to loading a trailer or of braiding the horse's tail. Veteran competitors, judges and trainers offer quotable advice in sidebars, all with a positive, encouraging ring. Inserts provide exciting reading, such as "Secrets of Success" on how to best show one's horse. Responsibility for oneself and the horse, as well as safety around horses, is emphasized throughout. Checklists on packing for the show and lists of preparations along with a Show Diary make this interactive book particularly valuable. A resource list of organizations and an index are included. As one who enjoyed Western riding and shows as a child, it is especially nice to see emphasis on the variety of types of shows. A perfect gift for the interested child or adult. 2004, Storey Kids Publishing, Ages 8 up.
—Elaine Wick
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-For kids who have ever wondered if there is a certain color that complements their horse more than another, what last-minute checks they need to do before entering a show ring, how to dress for success, and much more, this handbook is invaluable. Presenting a wealth of information in a well-organized and enthusiastic manner, the author also addresses the more serious issues such as safety and good sportsmanship. The format is appealing, with lots of colorful photos of young people engaged in riding activities. Both Western and English riding are shown. Amusing cartoon illustrations are interspersed throughout, and a one-page "Show Story" in each chapter describes the relevant experience of an individual rider. For example, in "Moving Up," Jill has to decide what she wants to do with her horse now that she has taken up jumping. This volume is a treasure trove for anyone interested in showing. The advice it contains is ageless and the attractive layout and appealing pictures make it a blue-ribbon winner.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
“Everything young equestrians need to know about getting ready for horse shows…” – School Library Journal

“…A COMPLETE HORSE GUIDE…” – American Quarter Horse Journal

“…a blue ribbon book.” – American Quarter Horse Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580175739
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

A prolific writer on horsemanship, Cheryl Kimball has contributed articles to Western Horseman, The Equine Journal, The Horse's Maine, and many other magazines. She is the author of The Everything Horse Book and Mindful Horsemanship. She lives in Middleton, New Hampshire.

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