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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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work unfortunately if a rider has particular serious problems with their hips, see Your gear and Your horse in Horse Rider's Mechanic workshop manual vol.: The ‘pre-
Even if you have wide hips it may be that due to injury and/or ‘wear and tear’ you are no longer able to sit comfortably in a saddle that has a wide twist (or on a very wide horse).
‘Grab straps’ fastened to the saddle dees can also be dangerous (see Your gear). A breastplate of the type in the pi
This section describes what to wear and what not to wear from a safety and comfort point of view when riding horses. Clothing should be comfortable because if not it may become difficult to operate effectively because you become distracted by the discomfort rather than focuses on the job in hand (which then becomes a safety issue).
Helmets save lives. This has been proved countless times yet some horse people are still reluctant to wear one. Many people do not like to wear helmets, believing them to be uncomfortable or hot. Modern correctly fitted helmets are neither.
The most common injury for people when involved with horses is to the head, both when mounted and unmounted. Commonly head injuries occur when falling from a horse but also from kicks to the head. Head injuries account for the majority of deaths and severe injuries that occur due to horse related accidents. When a rider falls off a horse and the head hits the ground the brain continues to move at the same speed, first hitting one side of the skull and then it may bounce back to hit the other side. A kick to the head can also have devastating results. Even a small bump to the brain can cause concussion; a large impact can cause permanent brain damage or death.
Find out what the current riding helmet safety standard is for the country that you live in. If you are a member of a club or an official body and you ride under their rules check these rules before buying a helmet.
This standard should be marked on the helmet along with the date of manufacture. Helmets have a shelf life which usually expires around five years from the date of manufacture, irrespective of when the helmet was purchased. Never buy a second hand riding helmet, as well as having a shorter shelf life it may have damage that cannot be seen.
Riding boots can be either short or long and are usually made of leather or rubber. They should have a moderate heel (about 2cm or 1 inch). The heel is to reduce the chances of the foot from going all the way through the stirrup. This can happen as the rider is riding (which can cause them to lose balance and fall off) or as the rider is falling off. If a rider falls off a horse and the foot is trapped in the stirrup they can be dragged and the results are usually disastrous.
The sole of a boot for riding should be either smooth to reduce the chances of the boot from getting wedged in the stirrup or have inverted ridging. Inverted ridging means that the rider will still have some grip if they have to dismount. These types of boots are popular with endurance riders who sometimes run as well as ride.
Boots with external ridging on the sole (such as many work boots do) are dangerous in open fronted stirrups. Stirrups can be purchased that have closed fronts or devices can be purchased that turn an ordinary stirrup into one that the foot cannot go through.
Short riding boots that are elastic sided have the advantage that they may come off the foot if caught in the stirrup in the event of a fall thus releasing the rider. Some riding boots have a lace up front. There is a danger that the knot or bow can catch in the stirrup iron, particularly with an English type of stirrup iron. Tying laces around the back of the boot makes them safer if they are likely to get caught in the stirrups.
Clothing for riding horses should be comfortable and not too restricting. Temperature extremes can make people uncomfortable at best or can result in heat stress or even hypothermia. A good Saddlery store will have a large selection of riding wear however camping and outdoor sports shops are also often a good source of clothing for handling and riding horses.
Pantyhose under riding pants can prevent rubbing, particularly for men with hairy legs!
Jodhpurs are designed for riding and if well fitted they are very comfortable. Basically pants or leggings that are made from heavyweight stretch fabric, are close fitting, have no or minimal seams on the inside leg, are long enough to cover the entire leg (without ‘riding up’ when riding) should be comfortable enough for riding.
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