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Understanding why horses behave they way they do is the key to having a better relationship with your horse. For their sake and yours, don’t make assumptions about horse behaviour, get the facts.
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
This book covers all of the important things about horse behaviour and the information comes from correct scientific sources. Mel, Brisbane, Australia
I now have a far better understanding of my horse whereas before I used to think my horse was behaving a certain way on purpose. Sarah, Devon, UK
Fun to read, great pictures, thanks Jane for making this subject so easy to understand. Pip, 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.
Learn how to improve your own position so that you ride to the best of your ability. This book is a step by step guide to correcting your own position so that you ride as straight as possible. Your horse will thank you for it!
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
The best book I have ever come across on this so important subject. Easy to read and easy to implement. Jan, South Australia
This book sorted out my problem with ‘wonky’ ankles and I can now ride pain free. Megan, Cambridge, UK
Where have you been all my life Jane? This book should have been written years ago! I would say this book is essential reading for riders and riding coaches alike. Linda, Melbourne, Australia
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Everyone that rides wants to be a confident rider, but for many this is a difficult goal. A loss of confidence has many implications as to how well and how safely you ride. Losing your confidence can happen suddenly and unexpectedly or over a long period of time. It is important that you build your confidence slowly but securely and recognise that like a building, your confidence needs secure foundations.
Why not just give up?
If you do lose your confidence, other people that ride may say to you ‘why not just give up? But for many horse lovers, no matter how scary riding becomes, giving up is not an option. Many people have what I jokingly call 'the horse gene'. If you have this (genetic mutation!) you will not give up riding (or the wish to ride) as it is a very important part of your life.
Almost every rider has to face fear at one time or another. It is not something to be ashamed of.
You are not alone
This problem is more common than you may think! There are various reasons that lead to a loss of confidence and often it is a combination of these reasons:
Whatever the reason your confidence can usually be restored with the right horse and with the right help and support. Riding can be dangerous but is much less dangerous if you do not take unnecessary risks.
Even if you never regain the level of confidence that you might have had when younger you should still be able to enjoy riding again if that is what you want to do. In fact, I have often been amazed over the years by just how determined some people are to get back to riding despite having quite horrific incidents (and sometime injuries) in the past.
Therefore addressing any confidence issues as soon as possible and learning how to preserve your confidence is essential for your sanity and your safety. Below are some steps that you can take to help get you back in the saddle and on your way.
How you can get your confidence back
You can be too confident
Believe it or not, it is possible to be over confident. In fact this is how people often lose their confidence in the first place. Remember the saying ‘ignorance is bliss’ mentioned earlier, many people get themselves into dangerous situations with horses simply because they have no understanding (through inexperience) of how horses really think, feel and behave.
When you are first getting into horses it is easy to think that horses are just like humans (but bigger and hairier!) when in fact horses have their own very complex set of needs etc. that you should take time to learn about in order to keep yourself safe and your horse healthy (physically and mentally). It is not fair to horses to disregard what is really important to them and replace this with what humans think is important to horses. Read the behaviour section on our other website www.equiculture.com.au for more information.
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