Riding & Training


3-Minute Horsemanship

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60 Amazingly Achievable Lessons to Improve
You and Your Horse When Time Is Short
By Vanessa Bee
A new book especially written for the time-starved 21st-century horse owner! Do you day after day make a promise to train yourself and your horse to be better at something, but when you get to the barn there just doesn’t seem to be enough time? Don’t worry, what really matters is the quality of the training you do manage to fit in. It really is possible to carry out good quality, progressive training with a horse in only three minutes a day.

Educator and horse trainer Vanessa Bee’s “light bulb moment” was when she realized that if a training session had a realistic goal, every horse achieved the goal in under three minutes. This led her to create techniques appropriate for use in brief digestible lessons that ultimately produce significant gains in short sessions. This refreshing new method offers 35 ground exercises, 24 ridden exercises, and 25 “real world” exercises that will get you out and about with a safe, sane, well-trained horse.

101 Ground Training Exercises for Every Horse & Handler

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Ground training is the key to safe, successful riding and a strong bond between horse and rider. In 101 Ground Training Exercises for Every Horse & Handler, best-selling equestrian author Cherry Hill offers a comprehensive series of exercises that cover every aspect of ground training, from haltering to driving, from turning to transitions, from backing to body languages.
The book is appropriate for work with horses of every age and breed, and it features a pre-cut hole placed so that the book can be hung in the barn or on a fence post, allowing for easy reference during training. With this book in hand, riders of all disciplines and levels can help their horses become responsive companions that are a pleasure to ride.

101 Arena Exercises Book

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224 pages
Cherry Hill presents recognized classic exercises, suitable for both English and Western riders, along with her own original patterns and maneuvers. Exercises range from simple to complicated and are useful for any riders interested in improving their own and their horses’ skills, and for instructors looking for new drills.

101 Dressage Exercises

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101 Dressage Exercises
By Jec Aristotle Ballou

Dressage, the equestrian practice in which a horse makes highly precise movements in response to barely perceptible signals from the rider, has taken hold of Americas equestrians. Participation rates have risen by 200 percent over the past twenty years, as baby-boomer riders have discovered dressage to be less strenuous and dangerous than jumping, yet offering the satisfaction of mastering techniques and the opportunity to compete and advance to higher levels of achievement. 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse Rider, presented in Storeys highly visual Read Ride format, features a full arena diagram and stepby- step instructions for each exercise.


101 Jumping Exercises

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101 Jumping Exercises for Horse & Rider - Foreword by David O’Connor, Joe Fargis, William Steinkraus
By Linda Allen, Dianna Robin Dennis

This must-have workbook, the newest addition to Storey’s successful “read-and-ride series,” provides a logical and consistent series of exercises with clear maps and straightforward instructions. For each exercise, Linda Allen covers set-up, how to ride the exercise, steps to make the exercise more difficult, what every successful rider should keep in mind while working, when to move on to the next step, and the benefits of the exercise.


All About Bits & Bridles

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by Carolyn Henderson
This book explains everything you need to know about a complicated subject in easy-to-understand text and with specially taken photographs. It looks at: different types of bit and how to fit them correctly; mouthpiece and cheekpiece designs and how they work; traditional and modern material and how to choose the right combination for your horse; which type of noseband to use; and how to fit a bridle correctly. The book contains advice on a huge range of subjects, from solving problems to bitting young horses, and emphasises that choosing tack must always go hand in hand with correct management handling and schooling.

Bombproof Your Horse

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Teach Your Horse to be Confident, Obedient, and Safe, No Matter What You Encounter
182 pgs.
Every horse, from the pampered show-hunter to the family pet, is faced at one time or another with an object or situation that is overwhelmingly terrifying, or just downright confusing. With his systematic approach to “bombproofing,” Sergeant Rick Pelicano of the Maryland National Capitol Park Police shares his methods on how to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to training your horse to deal with such situations. His vividly illustrated manual shows you how to accustom your horse to a variety of circumstances, noises, and objects, thereby turning him into a more pleasurable, submissive, confident, and ultimately safer mount.

Four Steps to Riding Success

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by Karin Blignault
Karin Blignault has combined theory and experimentation to develop a system of training (and teaching) that is straightforward, fast, and brings real results. The methods described in this book teach riders to achieve rhythm, balance, suppleness, and the round flexor frame in their horses—and quickly. She believes that riders should learn to control the whole horse as soon as possible and uses four exercises to teach riders control of the horse's head, shoulders, ribcage, and hindquarters. The results are immediate. These exercises are the building blocks of the shoulder-in and the half halt, which are themselves the cornerstones of balanced riding, used to improve every movement in dressage and jumping. Riders and teachers of every level will find something here.

Good Horse, Bad Habits

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Practical Solutions to Problem Behavior in the Barn, under Saddle, and Out in the World
by Heather Smith Thomas
A go-to manual for any horse owner, this book addresses a range of equine behavioral problems, from the mild—refusing to stand still or tail rubbing, for example—to the severe, such as rearing under saddle or attacking other horses. With topics broken into four main categories—bad habits in the stable, correcting ground manners, problems under saddle, and the reluctant traveler—noted rancher and horse book author Heather Smith Thomas dissects each topic by addressing the source of the problem, providing solutions to the behavioral issue, and discussing what to do if the fix doesn’t stick.

Horse Behavior Problems: Questions & Answers

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by Owen Brumbaugh

A small but very good book offering simple advise on how to correct some of your horse's problems in or out of harness. 48 pages, soft cover, 5 ⅛ X 8 ¼"


Horse Gaits: Balance and Movement

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by Susanne von Dietze
The art of successful riding is the development of harmony to such a degree that, to the onlooker, the horse and rider perform in total unity. The rider's key to this ideal is not a static seat, but one that is capable of adapting to all movements of the horse. The closer the seat follows the movement, the better it can influence that movement and remain in perfect balance with the horse.
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Horses for Dummies by Audrey Pavia

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This friendly guide gives you all the information you need to become a knowledgeable horse owner and accomplished equestrian.

The Official Horsemanship Manual of the Pony Club


Updated 14th Edition

Boasting numerous improved and updated features and enjoying its biggest overhaul in a decade, The Manual of Horsemanship has been comprehensively revised with an exciting new format and design. This new edition has been brought up to date by members of the Training Committee of The Pony Club to include major updates to the Bridle, Bitting and Additional Saddlery, Shoeing and Worm Control chapters. The Training Scale is now included, with the addition of an extensive glossary of terms. The chapters of The Manual have been re-arranged and are grouped into the three themed sections, Part One The Horse; Part Two The Rider and Riding; Part Three Saddlery and Lorinery, making reading The Manual more logical. New photographs, charts and diagrams feature throughout and the increase in page size to 270 x 200mm provides ease of reference.
The Manual is a complete basic guide to horsemanship and horse care, suitable for all ages and containing an amalgam of expert knowledge.

Practical Horsewhispering

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Practical Horse Whispering (Threshold Picture Guide #47)
By Perry Wood

Perry Wood believes we can all be horse whisperers and shows exactly how in this latest addition to the Threshold Picture Guide Series. He shares easy-to-use horse-whispering techniques and principles that can help you develop better bonds with your horse. There's no tricks or mysteries—just amazing results


Trailering Your Horse

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By Cherry Hill
Trailering your horses doesn't have to be stressful. Everything you need to know about selecting, maintaining, and operating trailers and safely transporting horses is covered by Cherry Hill in this volume of Storey's "Horsekeeping Skills Library."
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The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship: Advanced Horsemanship by Susan E. Harris

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B/HA/A levels
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The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship: Basics for Beginners by Susan E. Harris

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D Level - Shows youngsters how to become a careful, thoughtful rider and how to communicate with and understand their pony.
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The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship: Intermediate Horsemanship by Susan E. Harris

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C Level - Teaches the rider to ride independently with good balance and use of aids on the flat and over fences.

The Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book

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Ensure Soundness and Comfort with Back Analysis and Correct Use of Saddles and Pads
When your horse suddenly develops a performance problem or a bad attitude and neither seem to be remedied by new training techniques or medical care, you often face months—even years—of frustration and career limitation. Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and respected saddle-fitting expert, states that 75 percent of horses with such issues are simply reacting to pain caused by ill-fitting saddles. And, as she explains in this thorough and highly illustrated book, poor saddle fit can be corrected with patience and know-how.