Western Practice Lessons: Ride Like a Champion, Train in a Progressive Plan, Improve Communication with Your Horse, Refine Your Performance

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Master the Skills of Champion Western Riders!

Make the most of your riding time with Charlene Strickland's step-by-step lessons. Learn to play, perform, evaluate, and refine your skills as you perfect the Western riding fundamentals — rhythm, relaxation and suppleness, readiness, engagement and impulsion, and straightness. Achieve greater harmony with your horse, strengthen your horse's performance, and have more fun and satisfaction riding than ever before. With Strickland's ...

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Overview

Master the Skills of Champion Western Riders!

Make the most of your riding time with Charlene Strickland's step-by-step lessons. Learn to play, perform, evaluate, and refine your skills as you perfect the Western riding fundamentals — rhythm, relaxation and suppleness, readiness, engagement and impulsion, and straightness. Achieve greater harmony with your horse, strengthen your horse's performance, and have more fun and satisfaction riding than ever before. With Strickland's progressive plan, every ride becomes an opportunity to better your horsemanship while improving your horse.

In addition to providing clear step-by-step instructions, each of the 35 lessons includes:

• Time Frame — for a most effective session

• Setup — simply described and diagrammed for convenience

• Objective — the overall goals of each lesson

• Benefits — how each lesson improves your horse and your riding

Used in conjunction with instructor training or your own, the lessons in this book offer a complete course in Western riding. Saddle up!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580171076
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/15/2000
  • Series: Horse-Wise Guide Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 743,126
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of The Basics of Western Riding, Western Practice Lessons, and Competing in Western Shows & Events, equestrian journalist Charlene Strickland has published more than 600 articles on horse care, saddlery, dressage, jumping, eventing, vaulting, and similar topics. Her articles have appeared in The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse Show, The Horse, and Dressage. Strickland is a member of the U.S. Dressage Federation, the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists, the Authors Guild, and the Society for Technical Communication. She has ridden and shown Western, hunt seat, and dressage. She is a senior technical editor with Science Applications International Corporation and lives with her husband, Geoff, in New Mexico.

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  • Ride Like a Champion
  • Train in a Progressive Plan
  • Improve Communication with Your Horse
  • Refine Your Performance

This highly visual collection of riding exercises will build specific Western riding skills and foster greater communication between horse and rider. Effective step-by-step lessons feature a complete description of gaits and movements, purpose and benefits, analysis and instructions, cautions, and tips for better performance.

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Table of Contents

Photography Credits

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Rhythm

Lesson 1 - Line through the Lane

Lesson 2 - Singin' in the Walk

Lesson 3 - Sit the Jog

Lesson 4 - Ponderosa Poles

Lesson 5 - Laredo Lope

Summary

Chapter 3: Relaxation and Suppleness

Lesson 6 - In Your Corner

Lesson 7 - Relax the Jaw

Lesson 8 - Adjust the Brakes

Lesson 9 - Sittin' and Bittin'

Lesson 10 - Idaho Isolation

Lesson 11 - Break Up the Drive Train

Lesson 12 - Circle Up

Lesson 13 - Serpentine Circus

Summary

Chapter 4: Readiness

Lesson 14 - Fingertip Controls

Lesson 15 - Striding and Guiding

Lesson 16 - Stay on Track

Lesson 17 - Mirrored Hackamore

Lesson 18 - Sidepassing

Lesson19 - Nevada Neck Rein

Lesson 20 - Square-Cornered Circles

Lesson 21 - Refine Your Cues

Lesson 22 - Boxed In

Summary

Chapter 5: Impulsion

Lesson 23 - Turn on the Haunches

Lesson 24 - Outside Rein Rhythm

Lesson 25 - Sidewinder

Lesson 26 - Snake River Serpentines

Lesson 27 - Coiled Mecate

Lesson 28 - Dallas Diagonal

Lesson 29 - Stop on Your Butt

Lesson 30 - Whirling Walk

Summary

Chapter 6: Straightness

Lesson 31 - Toothpaste Tube

Lesson 32 - Albuquerque Jerky

Lesson 33 - Forward, Sideways, Back

Lesson 34 - Two-Track

Lesson 35 - Connected to the Horse

Summary

Appendices

The Western Horse

Further Reading

Associations

Glossary

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