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     Stretching
 
Stretching
Bob Anderson
Shelter Publications, 2000
ISBN 0936070226

Hey, I thought this was a horse book review site! Well, OK, so Bob Anderson's book Stretching was not written exclusively for horse people. As horse people, however, we realize that loose and supple muscles are the basis of all safe and effective athletic endeavors. At least, we realize this for our horses, am I right? Intuitively we know the same holds true for riders. So, how many of us "walk our talk", or do we expect our horses to move with freedom and suppleness, all while carrying the burden of a stiff, unyielding rider? More >>
 

     Longeing and Long Lining the English and Western Horse
 
Longeing and Long Lining the English and Western Horse
Cherry Hill
Howell Book House, 1998
ISBN 0876050801

While the last book I reviewed, Richard Hinrichs' Schooling Horses in Hand, will help you elevate your work-in-hand to the level of artistry, this book "Longeing and Long Lining the English and Western Horse: A Total Program" by Cherry Hill will teach you your groundwork A-B-C's. More >>
 

     101 Longeing and Long Lining Exercises
 
101 Longeing and Long Lining Exercises
Cherry Hill
Howell Book House, 1998
ISBN 0876050461

Here is the Companion Volume to Longeing and Long Lining the English and Western Horse. This spiral-bound book is a handy ring-side guide which contains specific exercises which guide you through implementing the theory and explanations of the first volume. More >>
 

     Schooling Horses in Hand
 
Schooling Horses in Hand
Richard Hinrichs
Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2001
ISBN 1570762058

Richard Hinrichs' book "Schooling Horses in Hand: A Means of Suppling and Collection" has inspired me to try classical work-in-hand myself as a way to add variety and interest to our weekly schooling schedule, and to see for myself whether I am able to effect specific desirable changes in my horse more easily in hand than under saddle. I have had no specific instruction in work-in-hand, but using the text and photos of this book, I am prepared to undertake some "baby-steps" in the art form. More >>
 

     The Simplicity of Dressage
 
The Simplicity of Dressage
Johann Hinnemann, Coby Van Baalen, Claartje Van Andel
Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2003
ISBN 1570762619

The title of this book just jumped out at me, and made me want to find out more. "The Simplicity of Dressage" -- huh?! Some days I think I have faced no greater challenge, no bigger growth opportunity than the learning of dressage riding. But author Coby Van Baalen explains the title this way: "It's not because dressage is so simple to do, but because dressage is simple to explain. Regardless of which level one rides, the basics are always the same." Aaah, so true. Training -- or "schooling" as the authors prefer to call it -- always comes down to working on and perfecting the six central basic concepts. More >>
 

     Emergency
 
Emergency
Karen Hayes, DVM, MS
Half Halt Press, Inc., 1995
ISBN 0939481421

I was inspired to buy this book almost solely because Dr. Karen Hayes wrote it. I became a fan of hers after reading The Complete Book of Foaling. That book was so useful and enjoyable to read that I figured this one would also be good. I wasn't disappointed! This is another extraordinarily useful book. This book is written for experienced horse people who know how to handle minor first aid and know when to call the vet, but the basic premise of Emergency! is what to do when you can't call the vet. More >>
 

     It's Not <i>Just</i> About the Ribbons
 
It's Not Just About the Ribbons
Jane Savoie
Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2003
ISBN 1570762554

I found Jane Savoie's book "It's Not Just About the Ribbons: It's About Enriching Riding and Life with Innovative Tools and Winning Strategies" a few years ago when looking for resources to help me deal with a problem that I felt was holding me back in my riding. That problem was "frustration". Having grown up in Pony Club, I hold fast to the premise that problems are never the horse's fault, always the rider's, so I don't get frustrated or angry with my horse. But I did get extremely frustrated with myself when I was unable to meet my self-imposed standards for the level of performance I wanted to achieve in my riding. More >>
 

     That Winning Feeling!
 
That Winning Feeling!
Jane Savoie
Trafalgar Square Publishing , 1992
ISBN 1570760497

Jane Savoie wrote "That Winning Feeling! Program Your Mind for Peak Performance" in 1992, as a way to share with others the sports psychology tools and techniques which she felt were instrumental in helping her in her goal to be named to the US Olympic dressage team for Barcelona. But, first a word about the title. That Winning Feeling! is not about winning at all costs, nor does it have to be about competing, if competing is not what you want to do. Winning refers being the best you can be, growing personally, meeting your personal goals, stretching yourself to excel while being able to bounce back from disappointment, while through it all enjoying your relationship with your horse. More >>
 

     The Formative Years
 
The Formative Years
Cherry Hill
Breakthrough Publications, Inc., 1988
ISBN 0914327194

This book presents a complete system for training your horse during his formative years, which will give him the proper foundation for whatever he will be used for in the years to come. Training lessons are presented in a progressive manner, and are specifically tailored to the requirements of the young horse.

The author does not believe in imprint training, preferring to let the foal imprint on its own species in the hours after birth. She is a proponent of early learning however, and recommends introducing the foal to the halter and to restraint at around two days of age (I think about 8-12 hours old is better). Her methods are gentle, quiet and firm while introducing the youngster to his first restraint with an arm across his chest and behind his buttocks. More >>