Learn to Ride! is an educational guide for beginning horsemen, ages 6 through 12 years, written with an emphasis on safety and fun. The topics explored are: the parts of a horse, the color and markings of horses, how to halter a horse, how to catch a horse, how to lead a horse, how to groom a horse, how to show a horse in-hand, riding safety, arena safety, feeding horses, feeding treats safely, treat recipes, dressage, a simple dressage test and a congratulations to the new horseman. Questions follow each chapter in the book. Young horsemen and horsewomen can answer the questions - either with their instructor or alone. Some of the questions are about things t discussed in the book! Those questions are asked to encourage the reader to think about them and to discuss them with others. With this book and an instructor, whether the instructor be a parent, friend or paid professional, young horsemen and horsewomen will be exposed to the basics of good horsemanship and learn a safe approach to the wonderful world of horses.
Charlotte Godfrey's first horse was her Grandpop's mule, Maggie, who she jumped bareback - until Pop found her on the ground after jumping an obstacle under Granny's wire clothesline. When he discovered that she wasn't decapitated, he forbade her to jump and bought her a horse who tried to kill her in other ways. That horse, who knew several ways of getting rid of children, taught her about self-preservation and dressage... Her next horse, after a child, college, marriage, divorce and re-marriage (in that order, but repeat a few steps...) was a Quarter Horse named Oliver, who was obtained by black-mailing her husband and threatening the owner. After Charlotte added 2 more horses to the board bill, her husband decided that it would be cheaper and more tax-advantageous to buy property and build their own boarding stable! He built a barn, purchased a horse trailer, dug a pond, constructed an outdoor arena, an indoor arena, more stalls...and so on... Running a boarding stable proved to be such a delightful way to loose money that, after her divorce, Charlotte and 2 unfortunate partners: Mike and her Mother, Milly, joined up to buy an even bigger boarding stable. You can find her at Goodells Equestrian Center: www.goodellsequestriancenter.com