A comprehensive and practical guide to learning horseback riding, both English and Western. This illustrated reference provides information that is important for all riders, whether they are taking formal instruction or learning to ride on their own. Written for those with or little riding experience, it approaches horsemanship in a thorough and insightful manner, ensuring that riding is enjoyable for both the rider and the horse. Successful riding, whether English or Western, requires an understanding of the horse and a solid relationship between horse and rider. The Riding Handbook addresses these important requirements throughout the book and shows how to establish a genuine partnership. It is organized in chapters that follow the natural progression of the horse-and-rider relationship:
Getting to kw your horse
Learning to ride
Caring for your horse
Improving your riding
Riding for pleasure and riding for competition
Horses and ponies of the world.
This book deals with all the challenges and decisions that a rider encounters. Full-color photographs and antated drawings -- many in step-by-step sequence -- illustrate equipment and demonstrate skills. Detailed lists and question-and-answer segments help solve specific problems, making this the ideal handbook for any new rider.
Zoe St. Aubyn lives in England, where she owns and publishes a leading regional equestrian magazine and works extensively in equestrian training.