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Schooling and Riding the Sport Horse: A Modern American Hunter/Jumper System

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A protégé of the legendary Vladimir S. Littauer and for more than thirty years director of the riding program at Sweet Briar College, Paul D. Cronin is a well-known and highly respected trainer and riding instructor. Schooling and Riding the Sport Horse is Cronin's clear and practical guide to getting the most out of your horse in a humane and sensitive way.

Beginning with a brief history of educated horsemanship from the earliest published riding masters of the sixteenth ...

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Overview

A protégé of the legendary Vladimir S. Littauer and for more than thirty years director of the riding program at Sweet Briar College, Paul D. Cronin is a well-known and highly respected trainer and riding instructor. Schooling and Riding the Sport Horse is Cronin's clear and practical guide to getting the most out of your horse in a humane and sensitive way.

Beginning with a brief history of educated horsemanship from the earliest published riding masters of the sixteenth century, Cronin clarifies the differences between forward riding and classical dressage, and how at times the two have become inappropriately mixed. He then gives an in-depth presentation of the American forward riding system that is the basis of hunter/jumper riding and examines the ways in which a rider's position and controls are essential to the training of the horse.

In the system as Cronin explains it, the three basic pillars are position, controls, and schooling. In clear language, he walks the reader from the beginning stages of training through advanced jumping and cross-country work. He sets out proper methods of early schooling of the young, green, or reclaimed horse, based on freedom of movement under the weight of the rider at the walk, trot, canter, and jump; of gaining the horse's trust and cooperation; and of establishing agility and calmness in the horse at all gaits and over fences.

Schooling and Riding the Sport Horse is an important book on horsemanship for riding instructors, trainers, and amateur riders alike.

University of Virginia Press

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Editorial Reviews

Holly Menino

The system Cronin lays out is beautiful: simple, direct, humane. His book is filled with telling observation and advice that will stay with any reader who wants to improve his or her work with horses.

Patte Zumbrun

Written with convincing clarity, Schooling and Riding the Sport Horse is applicable to the amateur or to the professional horseman in a wide variety of venues in today's equestrian population. Cronin's book demystifies the concepts behind the modern forward seat and offers a legitimate system to the American horse show world to improve the quality of hunters and jumpers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813922874
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,437,556
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul D. Cronin is Professor Emeritus and Director of Riding Emeritus at Sweet Briar College. For more than forty years, he has been a clinician teaching sucessful amateurs, teachers, and professional riders throughout the United States. Joe Fargis won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and remains a top national and international competitor.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction : historical perspectives, concepts, and definitions of the modern American forward riding system 3
Ch. 1 Overview of position and its theory 23
Ch. 2 Levels and characteristics of controls in the American forward riding system 39
Ch. 3 Inherited basic principles of forward riding schooling 77
Ch. 4 Evaluating and selecting a horse for and in schooling 83
Ch. 5 Preschooling preparation : handling the foal to age two 102
Ch. 6 The philosophy for schooling in the modern hunter/jumper system 107
Ch. 7 Establishing cooperation, starting stabilization : schooling period 1 113
Ch. 8 Developing the balance of the young horse : schooling period 2 129
Ch. 9 Achieving stabilization and introducing passive contact : schooling period 3 141
Ch. 10 Introducing lateral and longitudinal exercises, jumping, and fieldwork : schooling period 4 158
Ch. 11 Progressive combinations, uneven terrain, and flat work without sacrificing softness : schooling period 5 179
Ch. 12 Developing quality movement, experienced jumping, and program rides : schooling period 6 200
Ch. 13 Advanced schooling on the flat and over fences : schooling period 7 222
App. I Setting combinations and jumps for different levels of schooling 255
App. II References for forward riding, the sport horse system, and American hunter riding 266
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