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Creative Dressage Schooling
Call Number: SF309.5 .K645 2014 SF309.5 .K645 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-06
This guide provides upbeat patterns and exercises that take the necessary task of essential schooling and add variety and challenge to everyday workouts, beat the dressage practice blues, and get the job done. Equestrians looking for new tools to add to their training arsenal and those looking to create a supple and gymnasticized horse will delight in this fun collection of practice routines and photographs.
Call Number: SF309 .T46813 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-15
What does the horse feel when a rider is crooked in the saddle? What is it like to go faster or slower, to round curves and travel straight, with an unbalanced load to carry? What goes through the horse's mind when he is over-flexed and over-aided...when he is forced into biomechanically unsound positions? What happens when a prey animal (the horse) must learn to defeat his own preservation instinct and perform on cue with a predator (humankind) clinging to his back? In this important book, Dr. Ulrike Thiel--a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, sport psychologist, dressage rider, riding instructor, judge, and Xenophon Society classical trainer--examines these important questions, and others. With the use of exercises and astute comparisons, Thiel gives readers an eye-opening tour of the realm of the ridden dressage horse, ensuring we all work to make the job of "being ridden" part of a mutual pursuit--a dance involving two engaged and caring partners, a friendship binding mind and body.
The Mind of the Horse
Call Number: e-Book (click on title to read online)
Publication Date: 2013-11-01
Horses were domesticated about 6000 years ago on the vast Eurasian steppe. The author presents an encyclopedic synthesis of scientific knowledge about equine behavior and cognition, providing experts and enthusiasts alike with an understanding of how horses perceive, think about, and adapt to their physical and social worlds.
Healthy Stables by Design
Call Number: NA8340 .B53 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
Healthy Stables by Design turns traditional sheltering practices for horses on its ear, introducing the concepts of aerodynamic ventilation, strategic natural light, and passive solar heating and cooling into compelling horse barn designs ranging from exquisite to functional and everything in between.
Horse Anatomy for Performance
Call Number: SF765 .H54 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
Examine the anatomy of a horse from an entirely different perspective. This intriguing and original explanation of the 11 internal body systems of horses shows them painted on the outside to describe everything on the inside. The horse is a highly sophisticated living organism so to enable him to reach his full athletic performance and give him a happy, healthy quality of life it is vital to understand both his capabilities and limitations within the context of his structure and function. Gillian Higgins turns her trademark technique of painting internal diagrams directly onto live horses to show how all the systems work, and work together, to influence performance and reduce the risk of injury. Divided into 12 chapters, Horse Anatomy for Performance combines high quality photographs and intricate paintings with top tips and fascinating facts to provide a practical and useful guide to horse anatomy. Visually appealing, original and easily understandable, the book explains how anatomy influences the way we manage, ride and train our horses. This book is a sequel to How Your Horse Moves by Gillian Higgins; together the books provide a comprehensive guide to horse anatomy in action "Finally a book where you can learn how your horse ticks - inside out - and it is easy to understand and fun to read. A must for every serious equestrian." --Dr W. Bechtolsheimer
Preparing for Dressage the Right Way
Call Number: SF309.5 .R665 2011
Publication Date: 2012-02-08
Instead of training each step of the exercise separately, internationally renowned trainer Katja von Rönne recommends following a "central theme" when training the horse. Instead of simply being reeled off, all of the lessons have an explicit purpose--to exercise the horse correctly and to nurture it in harmony and trust. Maintaining health and teamwork are paramount her methods, and descriptive explanations in each chapter show how to train a horse in a structured way, as well as what the rider can do if problems arise.