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The Arabian Horse and Its Influence in South Afrika (Hardcover): Charmaine Grobbelaar The Arabian Horse and Its Influence in South Afrika (Hardcover)
Charmaine Grobbelaar 1
R96 Discovery Miles 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Ultimate Guide for Horses in Need - Care, Training, and Rehabilitation for Rescues, Purchases, and Adoptions (Paperback):... The Ultimate Guide for Horses in Need - Care, Training, and Rehabilitation for Rescues, Purchases, and Adoptions (Paperback)
Stacie G Boswell
R787 R637 Discovery Miles 6 370 Save R150 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} In the United States alone, it is estimated that almost 150,000 horses per year are unwanted. This number grows exponentially when you consider horses worldwide. What is 'unwanted'? The term is used to refer to horses that are old, injured, sick, unmanageable, or fail to meet expectations. The horse may have a lameness or illness...or he could just be the wrong colour or gender. His problem could be life-threatening...or chronic and manageable. He may have a mild behavioural problem... or a severe one. The good news is, today, more and more individuals are choosing to give an unwanted horse a second chance. Whether through purchase, adoption, or rescue, the horse in the 'wrong' situation has a chance to find his way to the 'right one'. Dr. Stacie Boswell's goal is to restore health and comfort to every horse in transition, and to help him learn how to function as the horse he is expected to be - from the Thoroughbred off the track to the grade pony from the field down the road. She has compiled hundreds of case studies highlighting the areas of concern in the horse 'in need', and in these pages details proactive methods of handling common medical problems and health issues, from nutrition and dentistry to deworming and hoofcare to traumatic injury and emergency rescue scenarios. Dr. Boswell then explains the ways that, as a new horse is rehabilitated physically, specific training techniques can help him adapt to the positive changes in his care and environment.

Girl on a Pony (Paperback, New Ed): LaVerne Hanners Girl on a Pony (Paperback, New Ed)
LaVerne Hanners
R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Girl on a Pony is the gritty, humorous, unflinchingly courageous story of five children growing up on a cattle ranch in the remote Valley of the Dry Cimarron in northeastern New Mexico near the little border town of Kenton, Oklahoma. Narrated years later by the oldest daughter, LaVerne, it is a vivid and authentic portrait of ranching life between the two world wars, from 1925, when the family moved to the Goodson Ranch from a half-dugout claim shack in Colorado, to 1936, when they began to disperse.

During those years, people in the region endured blizzards, sick and maddened animals, drought, the Dust Bowl, and the Great Depression-with stoic good humor. In Girl on a Pony, cowboys go about their daily tasks, teaching the children all they know. Women endure the hardships of life in an isolated area, coping with the brutal labor ranch life requires of them, and maintaining touches of beauty and civilization where they can-creating lawns from relentlessly rocky soil, holding dances for their children, and painstakingly tatting when all else fails.

Basic Training of the Young Horse - Dressage, Jumping, Cross-country (Hardcover, 4th Edition): Ingrid Klimke, Reiner Klimke Basic Training of the Young Horse - Dressage, Jumping, Cross-country (Hardcover, 4th Edition)
Ingrid Klimke, Reiner Klimke
R634 R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Save R86 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Over thirty years after the first publication of Reiner Klimke's classic work comes this new fourth edition, with completely new photos and updated by his daughter, Ingrid. Based on sound practical and theoretical advice, this instructional handbook gives advice on establishing a specific training plan for recreational riders as well as competition riders to enable them to train their young horses successfully. Every aspect of the education of a young horse is covered, including: basic education and handling from foalhood; lungeing and free-schooling; backing and training under saddle; developing impulsion from suppleness; assessing and improving basic gaits; cavalletti work; jumping training; cross-country training and, finally, preparing for the first competition.

Anne Kursinski's Riding and Jumping Clinic - A Step-by-Step Course for Winning in the Hunter and Jumper Rings (Revised)... Anne Kursinski's Riding and Jumping Clinic - A Step-by-Step Course for Winning in the Hunter and Jumper Rings (Revised) (Paperback)
Anne Kursinski; As told to Miranda Lorraine; Photographs by Amber Heintzberger
R826 R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} Olympian Anne Kursinski's acclaimed book on riding horses over fences delivers on-target counsel and the kind of sophisticated, quality instruction you can only get in top stables around the world. Let this medal-winning international competitor show you 'how it's done' with step-by-step descriptions of 20 exercises to improve your position, your 'feel', and your overall understanding of how to confidently and successfully master a jump course. Throughout, explanations are clarified with hundreds of illuminating photographs, completely reshot in full colour for this new edition. Inside, you'll find a top-notch education in basic flatwork and jumping, including bending, adjusting stride length, moving laterally, riding straight lines and curves, jumping without stirrups, and flying changes. You'll also learn advanced flatwork and jumping, with lessons in flexion and collection, counter-canter, half-pass, ways to perfect distances and count strides, and tips for riding different kinds of combinations, bigger jumps, and natural fences. In addition, this revised edition includes a new chapter on riding derby-style courses. Now with all new colour photographs!

A Search for Collection - Science and Art in Riding (Paperback): Paul Belasik A Search for Collection - Science and Art in Riding (Paperback)
Paul Belasik
R417 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R45 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At the core of this book is a series of 'state of the art' experiments in which the author participated, designed to establish whether certain classical ideas about true collection could be scientifically proved. Discussion of the results leads into an exploration of how working towards collection informs the progression of training and the way in which the exercises are implemented. This pursuit of collection is likely to take a purer form if it is motivated by artistic values rather than by the rider's ego. In this fascinating and thoughtful book, the author urges readers to focus on their own individuality, rather than being motivated or misled by external pressures; to 'collect' or 'centre' themselves, as they work towards a similar state with their horses.

Pain-Free Horse Riding - An Illustrated Guide to Prevention, Self-Care, and Injury Management for Riders of All Abilities... Pain-Free Horse Riding - An Illustrated Guide to Prevention, Self-Care, and Injury Management for Riders of All Abilities (Paperback)
Nikki. Robinson
R426 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R77 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There are plenty of books about exercises for riders to increase their strength and flexibility and improve their riding. There are also plenty of books about pain and how to help it. This is the first book to join the two, speaking the language of both rider and pain sufferer, and acknowledges the necessity of continuing to care for your horse, even when one of your legs has gone numb and you can't stand up straight. Whether you are a professional competitor or someone who has just bought their first horse to love, the information and advice in this book is equally relevant. Pain is not discriminatory and so this book should literally be read by anybody who is involved with riding or caring for horses in any way. The flow of the book does allow for the reader to start at the beginning and read it all the way through. However, it is also assuming that most readers will be very busy and just want to find out about how to help their particular issue. So they will be able to easily go straight to the section that they are looking for. There are also cross-references throughout the book to direct the reader on where to find out more information if they would like to. "Nikki's treatment has really changed my life. The advice that she gives in this book will help you to work with your body and to enjoy riding your horse without pain."; Sarah, Duchess of York "Giving you all the information you need to keep yourself pain free, this book is a must-have for horse riders of all disciplines."; Laura Renwick, Team GB show jumper

Land Between The Lakes Outdoor Handbook - Your Complete Guide for Hiking, Camping, Fishing, and Nature Study in Western... Land Between The Lakes Outdoor Handbook - Your Complete Guide for Hiking, Camping, Fishing, and Nature Study in Western Tennessee and Kentucky (Paperback, Second Edition)
Johnny Molloy
R420 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Land Between The Lakes Outdoor Handbook, by Johnny Molloy, is the only comprehensive guide to the magnificent Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. The handbook is divided into two sections--water activities and land activities. The water section guides visitors to important fishing spots and lakes, as well as outlines one of the longest paddle trails in the Midwest--the 85-mile-long Land Between The Lakes Paddle Route. Descriptions of all lake accesses and swimming beaches are also included. The land section offers detailed descriptions of more than 300 miles of hiking trails (including the 60-mile-long North-South Trail). Finally, the guide offers an extensive reference section, detailing alternate lodging possibilities, outfitters, and conveniences located in nearby towns. This new edition is completely updated and features new trails and new photos.

Horse Brain, Human Brain - The Neuroscience of Horsemanship (Paperback): Janet Jones Horse Brain, Human Brain - The Neuroscience of Horsemanship (Paperback)
Janet Jones
R644 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R130 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It has long been accepted that horses - and other domesticated animals too - can be trained to respond to our requests. How those requests are made, however, is a source of debate: Ask or tell? Firm or soft? Positive or negative reinforcement? Perhaps even more interesting is when we question the degree to which we expect horses to read our human behaviours. In general, we just 'act like us' and expect them to 'get it'. It is a testament to the horse's great patience that he usually keeps trying until he does!When we understand the function of both the human brain and the equine brain, we can to communication with horses on their terms instead of ours. And by meeting horses halfway, we not only save valuable training time, we achieve other goals too: we develop much deeper bonds with our horses; we train them with insight and kindness instead of force or command; we comprehend their misbehaviour in ways that allow solutions; and we reduce the mistakes we often make while working with them. In this illuminating book, cognitive scientist and horsewoman, Janet Jones, describes human and equine brains in collaboration. She explores the horse's way of thinking, as well as human brain function during athletic mastery. Mental abilities - like seeing, learning, fearing, trusting, and focusing - are discussed from both the human and horse perspective. Throughout, true stories of horses and handlers attempting to understand each other - sometime successfully, sometimes not - help illustrate the lessons.

Stable Lass - Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard (Paperback): Gemma Hogg Stable Lass - Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard (Paperback)
Gemma Hogg 1
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Poignant and compelling, an equine Bridget Jones.' Racing Post Being a stable lass is probably one of the hardest jobs in the country, and yet for Gemma Hogg it is the most rewarding. She works in the beautiful Yorkshire market town of Middleham and if her colleagues are occasionally challenging, then the horses are downright astonishing. Now, in Stable Lass, she takes us into the closed world of a top racing yard, from the elation of having several winners in one day to the almost indescribable grief of losing a horse. Like most stable lads and lasses, Gemma arrived in her yard as a teenager fresh out of racing college and had to cope with living away from home for the first time, as well as adapting to the brutal long hours, backbreaking work and often treacherous weather. She describes falling in love with Polo Venture, the first racehorse in her care, the pure exhilaration of riding him on Middleham Gallops for the first time and what happens when a horse takes against you, from the growling gelding Valiant Warrior to the potentially lethal Broadway Boy. She brings to life the characters around the yard, from straight-talking boss Micky Hammond to the jockeys starving themselves to make weight, the wealthy owners and the other stable lads and lasses who come from a range of different places and backgrounds. Stable Lass by Gemma Hogg is a unique look into the world of horse racing filled with heart-warming stories and amazing thoroughbreds - some loveable, some cantankerous, all impressive.

Horsey Life (Hardcover): Simon Barnes Horsey Life (Hardcover)
Simon Barnes 2
R369 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R50 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"All I can say is that there was something - right from the first. A stubby little mare, bright bay with remarkably large ears. A white star on her forehead shaped like Madagascar, and a huge arse..."This is the story of an extraordinary relationship - and an extraordinary horse. When Barnes buys Dolly Dolores VII, he knows he has got something special. She is feisty, restless, mysterious - sometimes crazily unpredictable. But she is also, to her owner's delight, a jumper of mesmerising poise and skill; she canters like a ballerina, gallops like a wild thing. Then, one day, Dolly does something so startling, so inexplicable that she brings her owner to breaking point. Barnes is faced with a terrible decision... The Horsey Life is about a friendship pushed to its limits; but it is also filled with larks and joy - a book which takes you right to the heart of the world of horses and those that love them.

Stable Lass - Riding Out and Mucking In - Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard (Hardcover): Gemma Hogg Stable Lass - Riding Out and Mucking In - Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard (Hardcover)
Gemma Hogg 1
R492 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R102 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Poignant and compelling, an equine Bridget Jones.' Racing Post Being a stable lass is probably one of the hardest jobs in the country, and yet for Gemma Hogg it is the most rewarding. She works in the beautiful Yorkshire market town of Middleham and if her colleagues are occasionally challenging, then the horses are downright astonishing. Now, in Stable Lass, she takes us into the closed world of a top racing yard, from the elation of having several winners in one day to the almost indescribable grief of losing a horse. Like most stable lads and lasses, Gemma arrived in her yard as a teenager fresh out of racing college and had to cope with living away from home for the first time, as well as adapting to the brutal long hours, backbreaking work and often treacherous weather. She describes falling in love with Polo Venture, the first racehorse in her care, the pure exhilaration of riding him on Middleham Gallops for the first time and what happens when a horse takes against you, from the growling gelding Valiant Warrior to the potentially lethal Broadway Boy. She brings to life the characters around the yard, from straight-talking boss Micky Hammond to the jockeys starving themselves to make weight, the wealthy owners and the other stable lads and lasses who come from a range of different places and backgrounds. Stable Lass by Gemma Hogg is a unique look into the world of horse racing filled with heart-warming stories and amazing thoroughbreds - some loveable, some cantankerous, all impressive.

Yoga for Riders - Principles and Postures to Improve Your Horsemanship (Paperback): Cathy Woods Yoga for Riders - Principles and Postures to Improve Your Horsemanship (Paperback)
Cathy Woods
R699 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Billions of people around the world embrace the practice of yoga. Its lessons in breath control, simple meditation, and specific bodily postures are widely regarded as a means to achieving health and relaxation. Yoga teacher and horsewoman, Cathy Woods, says that's not all: she believes the meditative, mindful breath-work and lifestyle aspects of the tradition, as well as the postures can be profoundly helpful in our interactions with horses. Over the course of her 30-year career, Woods has created teachings that are accessible to everyone - new and experienced yogis, and riders of different levels and disciplines - giving them life changing-benefits, including empowerment, confidence, connection and feel. Her unique programme is presented here in the form of highly illustration instruction, guiding you through the steps to achieving present moment awareness; finding body, breath and energy awareness; breathing through challenges; listening to your inner voice; slowing down; and developing balance and symmetry in the saddle. All of these are key to better communication and improved partnership with our horses. In addition,Woods shares specific stretches for strength, flexibility, and balance, as well as postures that contribute to rider safety as we age. The result is a book that helps us become more aware and conscious riders while gently correcting our imbalances, resulting in a richer, more rewarding, more joyful horsemanship experience.

What Horses Really Want - Unlocking the Secrets to Trust, Cooperation and Reliability (Paperback): Lynn Acton What Horses Really Want - Unlocking the Secrets to Trust, Cooperation and Reliability (Paperback)
Lynn Acton
R711 R581 Discovery Miles 5 810 Save R130 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Relationships with horses, whether for companionship or competition, are complex and ever-changing. This is one of the reasons why 'horsemanship' can become a lifelong pursuit: There is always a balance to be struck with our equine partners, and it demands continual growth and understanding on our side. In this book, horsewoman Lynn Acton explains that when the focus in the relationship is on what we want from the horse, his compliance becomes the measure of success, and what he thinks and feels is often overlooked. Is he calm, confident, and trusting? Or anxiously wishing he could escape? His behaviour, performance, and reliability - in whatever discipline we prefer or equestrian sport we pursue - depend on the answers to those questions. Horses want security and social bonds. They want leaders they trust to protect them-not only from danger, but from stress. When we provide this security, they accept our rules. This not only puts us in charge, it makes our leadership more effective because we do not force it on them; they seek it. The result is less anxiety, fewer behaviour problems, more efficient learning, and better reliability. Acton refers to this relationship as Protector Leadership because being the 'protector' is the foundation. Building methodology based on time-tested training theories that we are often exposed to in bits and pieces, Acton shows why Protector Leadership works and how to make it work for us, fitting the separate pieces together, and illustrating the connections with practical examples of real horses in everyday life.

The Rider's Pain-Free Back - Overcome Chronic Soreness, Injury, and Aging and Stay in the Saddle for Years to Come... The Rider's Pain-Free Back - Overcome Chronic Soreness, Injury, and Aging and Stay in the Saddle for Years to Come (Paperback)
James Warson; As told to Ami Hendrickson
R570 R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Save R98 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Dr James Warson, a neurosurgeon and lifelong horseman, says that over 90 percent of the population seeks help for back pain at one point or another during their lifetime. If you're a horseperson, back pain is of particular concern since everything you do on and around horses demands a supple, strong, healthy back: riding, grooming, tacking up, stacking hay bales, and even pushing a wheelbarrow. This book provides practical information to understand the diagnosis, treatment, and pain management related to a rider's back problems, whatever the cause. Dr Warson breaks down the physics of movement, and explains how combining two separate bodies, human and horse, creates additional sources of potential back strain and injury. Traditional and alternative treatments are discussed, and Dr Warson includes step-by-step instructions for a do-it-yourself physical therapy plan that will not only help those already dealing with back pain, but helps to improve rider flexibility and strength, to prevent the onset of a problem. This new revised paperback edition also includes a special section on riding after hip and knee replacement surgery.

50 5-Minute Fixes (Hardcover): Wendy Murdoch 50 5-Minute Fixes (Hardcover)
Wendy Murdoch
R529 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R62 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Spending days or months correcting bad riding habits or positioning faults in the saddle is not a logical choice in today's fast-paced society, and this timely training manual provides a quick fix for 50 common mistakes. With step-by-step instructions and scores of colour photos, this book describes simple solutions for riding problems that can be completed in 5 minutes or less. Whether troubleshooting, adding polish, or addressing specific issues - e.g. unsteady hands, crookedness, weak seat at the canter, unstable two-point position - comprehensive fixes are presented based on sound bodywork principles from Sally Swift's Centered Riding and Feldenkrais techniques.

Stride Control - Exercises to Improve Rideability, Adjustability and Performance (Paperback): Jen Marsden Hamilton Stride Control - Exercises to Improve Rideability, Adjustability and Performance (Paperback)
Jen Marsden Hamilton; Foreword by George H Morris
R551 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R97 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Stride control (striding) is an essential part of any rider's development when jumping obstacles, and jumping them well, is a goal. Understanding and implementing stride control (being able to adjust the number of strides before and between fences) improves a horse's rideability and allows the rider to further improve the horse's technique over an obstacle. Jen Marsden Hamilton discovered striding from the master himself: former US Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe credits her as being the first student to whom he taught the method that he'd learned from Bertalan De Nemethy, one of his mentors. Now, after coaching countless riders and horses around the world in the striding techniques that brought her success during her own impressive competitive career, Hamilton has compiled her knowledge in a concise book of exercises and insightful strategies. This fun, approachable guide will help all riders train with correctness and form good habits at home so they can be stars at their next jumping or eventing competition. Exercises include detailed set-up instructions and illustrations for reference; clear discussion of the purpose and strategy for the training session; and helpful tips, to ensure all involved are benefiting from the lesson. Throughout, Hamilton's straight-talk and wry humour provides entertainment as well as advice, providing an all-around superb guide to this necessary jumping skill.

Academic Art of Riding - A Riding Method for the Ambitious Leisure Rider (Hardcover): Bent Branderup Academic Art of Riding - A Riding Method for the Ambitious Leisure Rider (Hardcover)
Bent Branderup; Edited by Christopher Long
R972 R749 Discovery Miles 7 490 Save R223 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Explore the knowledge and teachings of the old masters in this well illustrated and easy-to-understand riding book Based on the knowledge of the old riding masters, such as Xenophon, Pluvinel, and Steinbrecht, the "Academic Art of Riding" is rooted in the belief that one must train one's horse not only physically, but also mentally, according to the motto: "Two spirits who want to do what two bodies can." Fine communication with the horse as a partner is not only the way to accomplish this, but also the result. The described gymnastic exercises are made to build up the horse and keep it healthy. Starting with the horse's basic training and work in hand, the reader also gets insight into lateral movements, piaffes, and exercises above ground. Furthermore, methods for training and physiotherapy for horses in need of correction, as well the correct seat of the rider, are described. There is also included a checklist which allows the rider to assess their horse.

My Year With a Horse - Feeling the fear but doing it anyway (Paperback, New edition): Hazel Southam My Year With a Horse - Feeling the fear but doing it anyway (Paperback, New edition)
Hazel Southam 1
R254 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hazel had been scared of horses all her life, and an earlier attempt to overcome her fear had ended in failure. She was still overcoming fear in other areas, travelling around the world with her job, reporting on areas recovering from war, famine, disease and catastrophe. And eventually she took up riding again - only to face bigger fears, when illness struck her. Even worse, her father's dementia grew so bad that her mother had a heart attack and Hazel had to put her father into a home. As poor health threatened to derail her career, and family tragedy looked likely to break her heart, she was loaned a big old horse called Duke. He stood far taller than her at every point, and she was afraid. Yet somehow, as she rode him through the Hampshire countryside, she found solace and healing. Gradually her fears began to subside.

Biomechanics for the Equestrian - Move Well to Ride Well (Paperback): Debbie Rolmanis Biomechanics for the Equestrian - Move Well to Ride Well (Paperback)
Debbie Rolmanis
R694 R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Save R89 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Do you struggle with pain, a lack of mobility, or a position in the saddle that just won't improve? Do you ever feel like you cannot find the right exercise routine to help your body and your riding, let alone fit it into your busy schedule? Biomechanics for the Equestrian wil show you how to prepare your body for life in and out of the saddle by changing the way you move throughout the day. Discover what is causing your lower back pain or the stiffness in your hips and learn how you can move yourself away from discomfort and towards performance, without having to find extra time in your day. Key topics covered include: the physiology of movement; understanding your body; the riding connection; alignment; expansion breathing; mobilization; strengthening and integrating exercises into a busy day. Working with the mechanics of the human body and how we were all designed to move, you will learn how to build a sustainable and functional body that can sit in the saddle with comfort, strength and balance.

The Cobs Can! Workbook - Progressive Training Exercises for Rideability, Suppleness and Collection (Paperback, UK ed.): Omar... The Cobs Can! Workbook - Progressive Training Exercises for Rideability, Suppleness and Collection (Paperback, UK ed.)
Omar Rabia
R628 R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Save R89 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this long-awaited follow-up to the highly praised Cobs Can! Omar Rabia introduces the idea of a systematic, progressive series of exercises designed to develop suppleness, collection, obedience and ride-ability in cobs. He discusses the prerequisites of starting this journey and the reasoning behind working cobs in-hand before ridden work is commenced. While the exercises are set out in a progressive order, each exercise offers particular benefits and works on 'target areas', so you can choose exercises that will most benefit your cob before moving onto others in the series. Progression within each exercise is explained so that riders know when to move onto the next step within the exercise.

The Man behind the Mike - Mike Tucker: The Voice of Equestrianism (Hardcover): Jane Wallace The Man behind the Mike - Mike Tucker: The Voice of Equestrianism (Hardcover)
Jane Wallace; Foreword by Ian Stark
R581 R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Save R98 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mike Tucker was born into a life of farming and horses. His passion and hard work enabled him to progress from international groom to successful international event rider, top level Eventing official and television commentator. The pinnacle of Mike's career as a commentator was covering Nick Skelton's Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 for the BBC. In `The Man Behind the Mike' we learn about Mike's family history and the connection with the Badminton Estate where his grandfather farmed; The Beaufort Pony Club, a huge influence in his life with many top level riders being members; a visit to Australia, staying with the Roycroft family, which proved to be a pivotal moment in his efforts to become a successful event rider; and about Mike's second place at Badminton, which laid the foundations of his credibility as a rider and commentator. The `voice behind the microphone' had the experience and knowledge to commentate with authority and to command respect from the listening public at venues of not just horse trials but also show jumping, dressage, and shows in general. The wealth of experience and lifetime involvement in the world of equestrian sport has enabled him to travel all over the world meeting many different people and sharing his expertise. We are told many funny, revealing, fascinating and sometimes sad anecdotes of his experiences of the successes and failures along the way and we are given a true insight into the real stories behind the headlines, and `The Man Behind the Mike'.

The Girl on the Dancing Horse - Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (Paperback): Charlotte Dujardin The Girl on the Dancing Horse - Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (Paperback)
Charlotte Dujardin 1
R254 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Refreshingly honest [...] a highly enjoyable, fascinating read.' Horse and Hound _______________________________________________ "To ride into that arena, next to a sea of British flags and hear the roar of clapping and cheering, was so exciting. It's a sound I will never, ever forget." Charlotte Dujardin and her charismatic horse Valegro burst onto the international sports scene with their record-breaking performance at the London, 2012 Olympics. The world was captivated by the young woman with the dazzling smile and her dancing horse. But no one quite knew what it took to get there, nor how hard the path to success would be - until now. Dujardin began riding horses at the age of two, but dressage was firmly the domain of the wealthy, not the life of a girl from a middle-class family. Her parents sacrificed all and with a undeterred focus, Charlotte left school at 16 to follow her dream. When she was invited to be a groom for the British Olympian Carl Hester, she began to ride Valegro, a dark bay gelding and an unbreakable bond was formed. This is their incredible story.

101 Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider (Spiral bound): Jec Aristotle Ballou 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider (Spiral bound)
Jec Aristotle Ballou 1
R657 R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Save R137 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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 America's 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 Storey's highly visual "Read & Ride" format, features a full arena diagram and stepby- step instructions for each exercise. The exercises address all levels of riders, starting with the basics and moving up to maneuvers developed by members of the U.S. Olympic team. Training tips and masterly guidance make this an indispensable reference for all dressage riders. Even Western riders interested in enhancing their performance will find these foundational exercises useful.
Dressage riders are information-hungry readers, often referred to as "the thinking horsemen." This book's sturdy format, combbound and drilled so it can be hung on a ringside post, will appeal to these reading riders, whether in or out of the saddle.

Long Reininge - From the Beginning Through the Levade (Hardcover): Long Reininge - From the Beginning Through the Levade (Hardcover)
R845 R796 Discovery Miles 7 960 Save R49 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It is no wonder that more and more riders are discovering the old tradition of long reining for themselves. It helps the horse to improve his balance and ability to collect without the weight of the rider, and it lends itself well to training difficult movements in a horse friendly manner. Dr. Thomas Ritter explains the correct aids from the beginning through Haute Ecole in practical terms. Thanks to the discussion of frequent mistakes and their corrections, long reining novices and experienced trainers alike can find much new information here. The author's passion and enthusiasm for long reining are evident throughout. Many helpful tips invite you to experiment!

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