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Teaching Safe Horsemanship: A Guide to English & Western Instructionby Jan Dawson
Synopses & Reviews
Safe riding is correct riding. That's Jan Dawson's motto, and it's the philosophy behind her book, Teaching Safe Horsemanship. Dawson's goal is to provide both English and Western riding instructors with an effective and safe teaching program. She explains how to assess a horse's particular characteristics in order to weed out potentially dangerous animals. She also offers guidelines for assessing instructors and students, including what makes a good instructor and what attitudes can get in the way of learning proper horsemanship. Since 80 percent of all accidents involve falls due to loss of balance, Dawson identifies the techniques that ensure that a horse and rider are in proper balance. Finally, since she is a lawyer as well as a riding instructor, Dawson includes a chapter on securing useful liability forms, what insurance coverage does and does not do, and how to handle accidents and lawsuits. Dawson and her husband teach the only equine law course taught at a law school in the United States.
Jan Dawson begins with a brief description of the many safe-riding environments and the need for horsemanship safety, then looks in detail at such topics as the nature of a horse, the qualities of an effective instructor, and safe horses for schools.
Lawyer and riding instructor Jan Dawson will help you create and maintain a safe riding environment.
Teaching Safe Horsemanship covers:
* Understanding horse nature and responses
* Becoming an effective, certified instructor
* Constructing a lesson plan with sample lessons
* Teaching a high-risk longe and jumping techniques
* Assessing the characteristics of lesson horses
* Weeding out potentially dangerous animals
This comprehensive handbook includes essential information on protective release forms, benefits and pitfalls of insurance, and how to act in the event of an accident or lawsuit. In addition, a sample staff manual outlines suggested rules and policies for horse operations employees.
Equestrian accidents can happen--but knowledge and foresight can prevent or minimize potentially serious accidents. In this new paperback edition of "Teaching Safe Horsemanship, Jan Dawson teaches equestrian instructors how to create a safe riding environment.
About the Author
Author Jan Dawson was the owner and operator of Golondrina Stables and Training Center in Texas where she offered boarding, riding lessons and horse training. She trained riders and horses in hunt seat, western and dressage until she retired in 1995 to devote her time to horse showing. She teaches clinics to riders and instructors across the United States, teaches safety seminars and certifies riding instructors. The techniques she uses to instruct her students are also visible in her book, Teaching Safe Horsemanship. Jan is president and clinician of the American Association for Horsemanship Safety, Inc., and also writes the Association's Caution: Horses newsletter. She is a member of the United States Dressage Federation and the American Horse Show Association. Dawson lives in Fentress, Texas, with her family.
Table of Contents
1 A Foundation for Teaching Safe Horsemanship
2 The Nature of the Horse
3 Horsemanship: Western or English?
4 Qualities of an Effective Instructor
5 Emergency and Stable Procedures
6 AAHS-Certified Instructor Guidelines
7 Constructing a Lesson Plan
8 Teaching Safe Lessons
9 Teaching from Interrelated Lesson Plans
10 Sample Intermediate Lesson Plans
11 Teaching High-Risk Activities
12 Control Issues: Why Lesson Horses Won't Stop
13 The Safe School Horse
Appendix A: Dealing with Accidents and Lawsuits
Appendix B: Sample Staff Manual
Appendix C: About the AAHS
Appendix D: Recommended Reading
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