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The Rider's Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered: How to Improve Your Skills, Overcome Your Fears, and Understand Your Horseby Jessica Jahiel
Synopses & Reviews
The average rider doesn’t have Olympic aspirations and a $10,000 horse. Most riders just want to learn as much as they can about horses, to ride as well as possible, and to enjoy the companionship of their equine partners. Many riders, however, feel frustrated with their lack of progress, struggle with uncomfortable tack or painful joints, or find themselves losing confidence after a frightening experience.
In her informal yet informative style, clinician and equine behavior expert Jessica Jahiel addresses numerous rider concerns, from head (properly fitting a helmet) to toe (breaking in a pair of stiff new boots) and everything inbetween (those aching knees). Following the successful question-and-answer format of The Horse Behavior Problem Solver, she presents real life situations and addresses them in comprehensive detail, offering proven solutions to common problems.
Starting from the ground up, Jahiel covers technical issues in Part I: Mount Up and Ride, addressing questions about mounting and dismounting, position in the saddle, and jumping and trail riding. Part II covers physical and emotional issues, ranging from finding the right size horse to facing fears to seeing things from the horse’s point of view. A third section on tack and clothing includes a variety of topics, from holding the reins correctly to using a whip to making saddles more comfortable. Finally, in Part IV: Getting Better all the Time, Jahiel discusses finding (and working with) a good instructor, attending clinics, preparing for shows, and understanding what the judges might be thinking.
The problems presented in this book will be familiar to riders of all levels of experience and in all styles of riding. Jahiel’s detailed advice encourages riders to relax and enjoy their relationship with the horse, to always keep learning, and above all, to put the horse first.
"How can I improve when I only have time to ride once or twice a week?"
Every rider longs for more time in the saddle — more time to improve various riding skills, work through common fears and obstacles, and really enjoy that special horse/rider companionship. Enhance your riding experience with easygoing encouragement from clinician and author Jessica Jahiel. Drawing on real-life riders' questions, she addresses a full range of common concerns, from mounting up to competing with confidence. Not only will you find questions and answers that match your immediate concerns, but you're sure to identify with many more situations you haven't even thought of yet!
In her informal yet informative style, clinician and equine behavior expert Jessica Jahiel provides solutions to all of the problems that riders can encounter. She presents real life situations and addresses them in comprehensive detail, covering everything from
About the Author
An internationally renowned lecturer, clinician, and award-winning author, Jessica Jahiel answers equine-related questions in her online newsletter, Horse-Sense, and for such magazines as Horse and Rider, Equus, and Dressage Today She lives in Sidney, Illinois.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Sally Swift
Part I: Mount Up and Ride
1 Getting On and Off
I'm Uncomfortable Mounting from the Ground * My Horse Won't Stand Still for Mounting * Holding the Reins and Saddle while Mounting * Dismounting: Should I Jump Off or Slide Off? * Emergency Dismounts
2 Staying On: What's Your Position?
Rider Leg Position * What Is Correct Knee Position? * Rider's Tight Upper Body * I Lean Sideways, and My Horse Does Too
3 At the Walk
How Should I Move My Arms at the Walk? * Soft Hands at the Walk * Young Horse Won't Walk, He Jogs * Lengthening a Short Walk Stride * My Horse Anticipates Walk-Trot Transitions
4 At the Trot
Help! Can't Master Posting Trot! * How Do I Learn Diagonals? * I Can't Sit the Trot * Please Provide Sitting Trot Image * First Lengthenings at Trot and Canter * What Is Correct Trot Lengthening? * Trot Lengthening or Medium Trot?
5 At the Canter
Canter Phobia * My Horse Won't Canter * Problems with Right Lead * Smooth Canter Depart * Rider's Leg Swinging at Canter * Better Canter for Rider and Horse
6 About Jumping
Explain Crest Releases, Please * I Can't "See My Distance" * Losing Stirrups over Jumps * Learning to "Fold" over Jumps * Hunt Seat Compared to Cross-Country Position * Strong Legs for Cross-Country Jumping?
7 On the Trail
Trail Riding in Balance * Galloping on Trail Ride * Riding Down Hills * Essential Equine Trail Skills
Part II: Physical and Emotional Issues
8 Figuring Out Horse and Rider Size
Is This Horse Too Small for Me? * "Outgrowing" a Horse * Finding the Right Size Horse * Horse-to-Rider Size * Can My Horse Carry My Weight? * How Heavy Is Too Heavy to Ride?
9 When Your Body Doesn't Cooperate
Painful Ankles * Sore Knees * Collapsing Chest * Swinging Legs and Stirrups * Strengthening Rider's Legs * Why Don't My Toes Point Forward? * Bracing in the Saddle * Too Much Ballet Turnout on Horseback * Rider with Painful Stitch * Riding with a Bad Back
10 Facing Fear
Afraid to Ride * Afraid of Horses * Help, I am a "Fraidy Cat"! * Rider Confidence Loss — Whose Fault? * Dealing with Loss of Confidence * Restoring Rider Confidence
11 Helping Your Horse with
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