Ride Smart, Improve Your Horsemanship Skills on the Ground and in the Saddle / Edition 1

Ride Smart, Improve Your Horsemanship Skills on the Ground and in the Saddle / Edition 1

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Western Horseman, Incorporated, The

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Ride Smart, Improve Your Horsemanship Skills on the Ground and in the Saddle / Edition 1

Under one title, Craig Cameron brings together a thorough look at horses and their nature and good, solid horsemanship skills that suit both novice and experienced riders. The book is divided into sections, each dealing with a different aspect of horsemanship. The first delves into the psychological and physical realities of horses as a species and how man can best understand them to develop a positive, partnering relationship with them. Other sections cover groundwork, including early handling, round-pen exercises, and riding techniques that enable the horse to perform basic as well as intricate maneuvers. Each chapter includes interesting sidebars that complement the main text. Sidebars include "True Story," an anecdote or story that relates to the chapter's subject matter; "Here's How," a tip that pertains to the chapter's focus, and "A Better Way," a troubleshooting section that offers a step-by-step exercise people can do to work the horse through a problem noted in the chapter.

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ISBN-13: 9780911647662
Publisher: Western Horseman, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 957,541
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1. Nature of the Horse: Understanding the Horse's Instincts, The Herd of Two, Reading the Horse, Mechanics of the Horse, Taking Your Time, Defining Horsemanship, Equipment: Tools of the Horseman's Trade; Part 2. Working With the Horse: Early Handling/Imprinting, Groundwork, The First Ride, Beyond the Round Pen, Flexibility, Collection, Trailer Loading; Part 3. Achieving the Man-Horse Balance: Advanced Leading, Putting Handle on the Horse, The 12 Exercises, The Great Trouble-Shooting Chart

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Ride Smart, Improve Your Horsemanship Skills on the Ground and in the Saddle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am orginally from England and have ridden English style for 20 yrs now so to go to another style with basically a different language is sometimes difficult. This book has opened my eyes and has been very enjoyable and educational to read. I am starting to put into practice some of the lessons included. Thanks
Cyrus_Ryder More than 1 year ago
I'm an experienced rider, but Craig explains aspects of horsemanship that I had to learn the hard way. I like to know why a technique works. I can refer to Craig's book after each experience and it makes sense. I've avoided problems I certainly would have had to solve without his advice. I was disappointed with the binding though. The first time I opened it the spine came apart and it lost about one-fourth of the pages. (No I didn't bend it too far) The information in the book is too valuable to waste time in a return so I drilled holes in it and put it in a binder. This is a valuable resource for riders.