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Buying a horse property might be one of the most expensive purchases you ever make - so it is vital that you get it right. This book will guide you through the process, wherever you live in the world.

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I wish this book had been out when I bought my first horse property, it would have saved me a lot of anguish. I love the check list and I am using it as we look for our next property. Vicky, Texas, USA

This book has brought up so many points that I just would not have thought about if I had not read it. Thanks a million! Bob, Nottingham, UK

So many great pictures and such a straightforward way of explaining how to work out what is important, and what is not. Kirsty, Geelong, Australia

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June 2017 to Oct 2017

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Oct 2017 to Dec 2017

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Jane - UK, then Aus, then NZ.

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Learn how to improve your balance so that you feel more secure when riding. This book is the second in this series and it shows you how to increase your balance. It contains 18 lessons for you to follow in your own time.

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What a simple way to improve balance, I now teach this method to all of my students, from beginners to advanced. Fiona, Toronto, Canada

I am now much closer to achieving a truly ‘independent seat’. Feeling secure and confident. Bring on the next book! Megan, Cambridge, UK

This book is very easy to follow and has saved me money. My own instructor is great but she does not cover these fundamental basics. Thank you Jane for making it so easy to improve my riding, Jan. Kent, UK

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Your attitude

No pain no gain attitude and the problems it causes

Your attitude makes a big difference when it comes to improving your riding. It is a common human behaviour to see everything from a human point of view (understandably – because if you are reading this you are a human first and foremost!) but the best riders and trainers are people who have learned how to be empathetic to horses. In other words they have learned how to see things from the horse’s point of view. Many well-known horse people say they do this (because it is a good ‘selling point’ for their methods and products) but not all actually do. If you are inexperienced it can be very difficult to know who’s methods to follow. In fact even experienced horse people can be bamboozled by the apparently convincing psychobabble that some horse ‘gurus’ talk. All you can do is learn as much as possible about horse behaviour (the results of scientifically done studies that is, not just something that someone has made up to suit their merchandising) so that you can make an informed judgement about why horses do the things they do. As mentioned in the previous section there are some good links on our websites.

This approach will make you a far better all-round horse person than someone who assumes that horses ‘aim to please’ (which assumes that horses fully understand our agendas and indeed that horses have evolved solely for our benefit) or are ‘cunning’, ‘lazy’ or any number of other common labels that horses are regularly branded with, when in fact they are usually simply struggling to survive in what must be a very confusing and alien (to them) environment. By the way, many years ago, I also used to think horses were capable of fitting these labels as these labels were, and sadly still are, entrenched into ‘horsey culture’. It is only through education (i.e. reading books, going on courses, obtaining qualifications, speaking to knowledgeable people) that anyone learns to think outside the accepted ‘norms’. No one is born with experience and knowledge about horses (or anything for that matter), we all have to keep our mind open and be willing to learn.

This approach will also pay dividends when it comes to being fastidious about improving your position and balance, not simply for your sake, but for the sake of your horse, which after all has to carry you!

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