A Parent's Guide to Riding Lessons: Everything You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive with a Horse-Loving Kid

A Parent's Guide to Riding Lessons: Everything You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive with a Horse-Loving Kid

by Elise Gaston Chand

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Overview

If you don’t know the difference between a bridle and a saddle but your child dreams of riding horses, this informative guide will answer all of your most pressing questions. Elise Gaston Chand provides informed and sensible tips on finding qualified instructors, the cost of lessons, safety concerns, and much more. Learn what to watch for as your child’s riding progresses, confidently steer your child toward rewarding competition experiences, and take pride in all of your child’s riding achievements. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603426626
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 09/16/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 179
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Elise Gaston Chand is a horsewoman with over 30 years’ experience in horse management, breeding, competition, and industry marketing and advertising. She was a horse-crazy kid and has raised a horse-riding daughter. Elise has been a journalist, freelance writer, editor, and photographer.

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

1 What You Need to Know 1

English and Western Riding

Some Basic Equine Information

"Horse"Spoken Here

Equine Sounds and Vocalizations

Learn from the "Expert"

2 Finding the Right Place to Ride 13

Finding a Good Instructor

Asking the Right Questions

The Barn Visit

Assessing the Arenas

The Evaluation Ride

Making a Decision

3 The Ins and Outs of Taking Lessons 37

Proper Safety from Head to Toe

Getting in a Group or Going Solo?

Learning from the Ground Up

Basic Bam Manners

Etiquette in the Arena

Riding 101 - Why Are They Just Going Round in Circles?

Ongoing Assessment

Is My Child Ready to Move Up?

4 Children with Special Needs 65

How Horses Help People

Finding a Therapeutic Riding Center

5 On with the Show Classes and Clothing 73

Types of Competition

Types of Classes

What to Wear: A Guide to Show Attire

Proper English Show Attire

Proper Western Show Attire

A Word about Spurs

What's All This Going to Cost?

6 Behind the Scenes at a Show 97

Before the Classes Begin

How to Enjoy a Horse Show

Proper Parental Etiquette

7 Buying a Horse for Your Child(You Don't Have To!) 111

Leasing a Horse

Making the Commitment: Buying a Horse

Why You Should Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Finding the Right Horse

8 You Bought a Horse - Now What? 129

What Horses Need

Evaluating Boarding Facilities

Horse Tack, Equipment, and Supplies

Wait, There's More!

Safely Tying a Horse or Pony

Glossary 152

Helpful Checklists 162

Resources for Parents 168

Acknowledgments 172

Index 174

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Lori Murphy More than 1 year ago
My daughter does horse shows and it helped her and me