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Getting Horses Fit

Author : Sarah Pilliner
ISBN : 0632023074
Genre : Horses
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How Your Horse Moves

Author : Gillian Higgins
ISBN : 1446300994
Genre : Pets
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Take a Fresh Look at Equine Anatomy and Biomechanics with This Graphic Guide to How Horses Move, Presented from the Inside Out Understand how bones and muscles work together to produce movement by seeing the musculoskeletal system painted on a real equine canvas Discover how correct riding and training can bring out the best in your horse - increasing fitness, strength and balance—by seeing exactly what happens as he moves Practical exercises and stretches demonstrate how you can improve suppleness, reduce the risk of injury, gain confidence and develop a deeper rapport with your horse

Horse Anatomy For Performance

Author : Gillian Higgins
ISBN : 9781446300961
Genre : Pets
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Examine the anatomy of a horse from an entirely different perspective with this intriguing and original explanation of the 11 internal body systems painted on the outside to explain everything on the inside. Gillian Higgins turns her trademark technique of painting internal diagrams directly onto live horses to show how all the systems work together to affect performance and reduce the risk of injury. Divided into 12 chapters, it clearly explains the importance, relevance and interaction between each of the anatomical systems. Visually appealing, original and easily understandable, Horse Anatomy for Performance explains, how anatomy influences the way we manage, ride and train our horses.--COVER.

Getting Horses Fit

Author : Carolyn Henderson
ISBN : 0851318975
Genre : Nature
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For a horse or pony to perform well - whether that be in eventing, endurance, show jumping, reining or any other of the myriad disciplines within the modern equestrian world - he has to be fit for the job. Fitness is vital whether you aim to compete at international level or local weekend competitions, because a fit horse will stand a better chance of staying sound, both physically and mentally, and will have a longer and more active life. The same criteria apply if you choose not to compete but to ride purely for pleasure. The happy hacker or trail mount is still a working animal and needs to be prepared and maintained accordingly. After all, a Formula One racing car and a weekend run-around both need correct fuel and to be kept in good working order. In "Getting Horses Fit", Carolyn Henderson, with the assistance of competitors, equine science experts and experienced owners, explains what fitness means and how to achieve it, enabling owners to work out an individual fitness programme suitable for their own horse, whatever their level of activity. The topics include: assessing your horse; health and condition; disciplines and their demands; feeding for fitness; environment management; building strength and suppleness; interval training; tack and equipment; travelling and competing; lungeing and long-reining; poles and gridwork; hands-on techniques; and diet and fitness for riders and the mental approach.

Equine Exercise Physiology

Author : David Marlin
ISBN : 0632055529
Genre : Medical
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Equine exercise physiology is an area that has been subject to major scientific advances over the last 30 years, largely due to the increased availability of high-speed treadmills and techniques for recording physiological function during exercise. Despite the scientific advances, many riders and trainers are still using little more than experience and intuition to train their horses. The aim of this book is to sort the fact from the fiction for the benefit of those involved in training, managing or working with horses, and to provide an up-to-date summary of the state of play in equine exercise physiology. Scientific theories are explained from first principles, with the assumption that the reader has no previous scientific background. The book is designed to save competitors and trainers a lot of time and effort trying to extract information in piecemeal fashion from a host of reference sources. For the first time, everything you need to know about exercising and training horses is here in one text.

The Literature Of Animal Science And Health

Author : Wallace C. Olsen
ISBN : MINN:31951D00900796X
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The third of a seven-volume series, The Literature of the Agricultural Sciences, this book analyzes the trends in published literature of animal science and health during the past century with emphasis on the past forty years. It uses citation analysis and other bibliometric techniques to identify the most important journals, report series, and monographs for the developed countries as well as those in the Third World.

Equine Fitness

Author : Jec Aristotle Ballou
ISBN : 9781603424639
Genre : Medical
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Includes illustrated exercises and routines for horses of very age, ability and discipline, with conditioning aimed at improving soundness, stamina, longevity and quality of motion, in a book geared toward all types of riders, from backyard horse owners to competitive show riders. Original.

Crow Hopper S Big Guide To Buck Stopping

Author : Keith Hosman
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Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Control: Either you have it--or you don't. Two words, "Either Or," are particularly appropriate when describing, owning, and handling the great majority of horses that buck. Either they do it because they're scared or because they're defiant. Either you're the type of person who takes on the challenge with a gleam in your eye or you have a bad stomach over the very idea. Either your barn friends think you should sell the animal because they feel embarrassed for you and your odd excuses for why you exercise it via hand walks and turnout and never a ride on the trail -- or they're pretty sure you don't realize the risk you take each time you hop aboard and they're considering an equestrian intervention. And either you've got a plan to fix it--or you do not. Make that "did not." "Did not have a plan." Because now you do. You've got this guide and so you've got a plan and with it a solution. This book, "Crow Hopper's Big Guide to Buck Stopping," falls into four sections: Section I: Learn the ground work required to begin snuffing out this deep-rooted issue. Given that "you ride the horse you lead," you'll begin your fix with your feet planted safely on terra firma. You'll gain confidence--and control. Section II: Learn to see a buck coming and what to do if it happens, then get back in the saddle for exercise after exercise designed to put you in charge and prevent future problems. Section III: Perform exercises geared to address immediate and specific bucking issues: Bucking into the canter, how to deal with your own fear, crossing obstacles, the horse that crow hops when first introduced to the saddle. Section IV: Training appropriate for every horse and rider--and an absolute must for those schooling the bucking horse. (See the Table of Contents for a complete listing.) Your horse isn't going to buck if you have control. Your task, then, becomes gaining that control, understanding when you have it, knowing when you don't, working to get it. Table of Contents: Section I, Ground Training - When You Really Lose It: If your horse went ballistic last week, it didn't just "happen." Spot the signals. - Where I'd Start: Bucking horse owners, here's something you can do with your horse that advances his training, is low risk, and fun. - Whoever Moves First, Loses (Or, "How to Get Respect"): Secure your rightful spot as leader in your "herd of two." - Bridle Work from the Ground: Develop control over your horse's individual body parts and gain respect - Reverse of Respect: Backing your horse is an excellent way to affirm (or establish) your position as leader - Lungeing a Horse for Added Control: With added training for the bucking horse, here is the how, when, and why of lunge-line training Section II, Fixes from the saddle and preventative medicine - Your Individual Prescription - Ride Where You Can, Not Where You Can't - Core Exercises (Introduced) - Despooking: Scary Things - Despooking: Scary Moments - Getting Back On: What to Do If the Horse Bucks - Hip Control - Classic Serpentine - Softening - Calm Down Now: Drop Your Horse's Head on Command - Speed Control for Mind Control - Shoulder Control - Train Your Horse to Travel Straight Section III, Questions answered: Specific and immediate fixes for the bucking horse owner - Horses that Buck When First Introduced to the Saddle - How Can I Overcome My Fear After Being Bucked Off? - My horse wants to buck or crow hop when going from a trot to a canter. - Crossing Creeks and Scary Stuff Section IV, Training for every horse and rider--and an absolute must for those schooling the bucking horse - Each Time You Mount Up, Do This First - How to Pick Up Your Reins Like a Pro - Training Magic: Release on the Thought - Reins Tell Direction, Legs Tell Speed - Talking Horse - Perfect the First Time - How Do I Keep My Horse's Attention? - Is the Cinch Strap Causing the Trouble? - Is My Horse Hard to Train... Because of His Feet? - The Sours: Buddy and Barney

Western Practice Lessons

Author : Charlene Strickland
ISBN : 1580171079
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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This highly visual collection of riding exercises will build specific Western riding skills and foster greater communication between horse and rider. Effective step-by-step lessons feature a complete description of gaits and movements, purpose and benefits, analysis and instructions, cautions, and tips for better performance.

Brain Training For Riders

Author : Andrea Monsarrat Waldo
ISBN : 9781570768392
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Did you know there is an area of your brain known as the “Lizard Brain” that thinks only about the immediate moment and your means of survival? Yes, in certain circumstances, your “Rational Brain” can effectively “shut down” and you are at the mercy of a reptile ... dry-mouthed, sweating, queasy, unable to think clearly—even though you know better. When does the Lizard Brain run the show? It can happen in any number of unfamiliar, uncomfortable, challenging, or “stressful” riding situations. But here’s the thing: with the right kind of training, you can learn to manage the reptile within, which leads to greater confidence with horses, better riding performance, and ultimately, happiness at the barn, at shows, and everywhere in between. Andrea Monsarrat Waldo teaches you how to: handle uncomfortable emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, and embarrassment; hone your mental game and focus your riding time to get the most out of your hours in the saddle; care for your emotional injuries the same way you would care for an injured horse; and produce a state of “Focused Calm” and tap into the skills you have (whether you know it or not!) to ensure an outstanding ride.

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