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This unique guide to learning to ride is designed to inspire and instill confidence in young riders, or inexperienced riders of any age. Providing in-depth yet easy-to-understand practical information, accomplished horsewoman and riding instructor Caroline Davis helps the reader progress from preparing for the first lesson through to jumping and 'going it alone.' The heart of the book is developing the special relationship between horse and rider, making this book particularly ...
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This unique guide to learning to ride is designed to inspire and instill confidence in young riders, or inexperienced riders of any age. Providing in-depth yet easy-to-understand practical information, accomplished horsewoman and riding instructor Caroline Davis helps the reader progress from preparing for the first lesson through to jumping and 'going it alone.' The heart of the book is developing the special relationship between horse and rider, making this book particularly appropriate for a shy rider.
Detailed sections offer advice on choosing the best riding school and instructor, how to care for and tack up a horse, how to pick riding gear, mounting, learning to walk, trot, canter and gallop, and beyond, and how to cope in a variety of riding situations. It explains what to expect in a riding lesson, how to work with the instructor and, for those who can, how to purchase and care for a horse.
The author's sensitive guidance is enhanced by comprehensive information, including:
The author's passion for horses and riding, her compassion for young students, and her experience as a teacher are evident in her empathetic tone and reasonable and comforting expert advice.
Horses and ponies have a magical quality. For some people, old and young alike, these magnificent beasts have an attraction that is almost magnetic. Throughout history, equines have played a major part in human development.
Without equines transport, trade, and the production and distribution of necessities such as food and clothing would have been severely compromised. It is probably due to their long-standing role in human society that many humans today have a great fondness for the horse, even if they themselves do not ride or have any wish to. But for others the desire to get closer to these animals and share their world is overwhelming. It is an almost indefinable need; a need that cannot be explained in words. You have to touch horses, stroke them, groom them, care for them, and, ultimately, ride or drive them, to feel fulfilled. It is a grande passion that must be indulged.
While the majority of humans do not rely on equines for everyday living now, they still play important roles-as a means of making a living, to provide pleasure, and by helping some disadvantaged humans regain self-respect, enjoyment of life, and even find employment. Successful schemes include riding for the physically and mentally challenged and rehabilitation programs involving people with behavioral problems.
You do not have to be young to take up the sport of riding horses and be competent at it. For all beginners, dedication to the task in hand as well as enthusiasm, coupled with patience, care, and thought are all essential parts of the primary equation. Actually staying on a horse and directing it are the relatively easy parts for willing participants. If you lack the boldness to jump fences and "gallop with the wind," it is important to note that a quiet ride on a rented horse, with the wherewithal to control your horse in unexpected situations, is the pure essence of enjoyable riding. It is essential to realize that a person should take part in equestrian activities for his or her own pleasure, and not to please others, because this can lead to a loss of confidence and dissatisfaction.
The Young Equestrian is not aimed exclusively at young people who want to learn to ride horses; it is intended for people of all ages. Whatever your age, the capacity to learn to ride, and ride well, is there if you choose to embrace this unique sport wholeheartedly-providing you find the best possible instructor to help you share and master the delights that riding horses provides. If you have a basic level of fitness and are "young at heart," this book will help you considerably.
As an instructor, my primary joy is opening up the special world that exists for horse and rider. I hope that this book will impress upon you the need to be patient, sympathetic, and wholly dedicated to the needs of the horses and ponies in your hands. They are dependent and reliant upon your emotions and requirements when under your control, whatever your age and whether you are a student at a riding school or an owner.
To be part of this world requires a certain amount of self-discipline. If you don't have this to begin with, you most certainly will have it before too long if equines have anything to do with it. Equines are great revelers of human pride. Whatever a person's social status, horses treat and view everyone in exactly the same way. They don't care whether a person is a prince or a pauper-but all people feel like kings when they are privileged to ride a horse or pony! In return, equines simply require that they be treated with the care and respect they deserve so they can carry out the tasks asked of them by their rider.
There is no mystery at all about learning to ride -- people have been doing it for centuries. Therefore the intention of this book is simple -- it is to help and encourage novice riders to master the basics of handling and riding equines with common sense and step-by-step advice and tips. For those who wish to ride competently and safely in harmony with their mount, without being put off or confused by complicated techniques and difficult terminology, I hope you will find The Young Equestrian helpful in achieving that aim.
Enjoy your riding.