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Master the Skills of Champion Western Riders!

Make the most of your riding time with Charlene Strickland's step-by-step lessons. Learn to play, perform, evaluate, and refine your skills as you perfect the Western riding fundamentals — rhythm, relaxation and suppleness, readiness, engagement and impulsion, and straightness. Achieve greater harmony with your horse, strengthen your horse's performance, and have more fun and satisfaction riding than ever before. With Strickland's progressive plan, every ride becomes an opportunity to better your horsemanship while improving your horse.

In addition to providing clear step-by-step instructions, each of the 35 lessons includes:

* Time Frame — for a most effective session

* Setup — simply described and diagrammed for convenience

* Objective — the overall goals of each lesson

* Benefits — how each lesson improves your horse and your riding

Used in conjunction with instructor training or your own, the lessons in this book offer a complete course in Western riding. Saddle up!


This highly visual collection of riding exercises will build specific Western riding skills and foster greater communication between horse and rider. Effective step-by-step lessons feature a complete description of gaits and movements, purpose and benefits, analysis and instructions, cautions, and tips for better performance.

About the Author

Author of Storey's The Basics of Western Riding, Western Practice Lessons and Competing in Western Shows & Events, equestrian journalist Charlene Strickland has also published five additional books and about 600 articles on subjects like horse care, saddlery, dressage, jumping, eventing, and vaulting. Her articles have appeared in The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse Show, The Horse, and Dressage, a magazine in England. In recognition of her talent, Charlene won two national awards in 1998 from the American Horse Shows Association and The Chronicle of the Horse weekly news magazine for her magazine articles. She has reported on many international equestrian events including the 1984 Olympics; 1986 National Paso Horse Tournament in Lima, Peru; 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden; Equitana 1993 in Essen, Germany; 1995 Stuttgart German Masters show in Stuttgart, Germany; and 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome. In addition to writing and reporting, Charlene's photographs have been on Web sites for the 1996 Olympics, as well as magazine covers in the United States and the United Kingdom. She is supplying Western and Rodeo photographs to HourseSource, Limited, a stock agency based in France that supplies horse photos on the CD-ROM. Charlene is a member of the U.S. Dressage Federation, the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists, the Authors Guild, and the Society for Technical Communication. In 1990 Charlene completed the Hannoverian Breed Orientation Course in Verde, Germany. She has ridden and shown Western, hunt seat, and dressage. She is now a Senior Technical Editor with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and she lives with her husband, Geoff, in Bosque Farms, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Photography Credits


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Rhythm

Lesson 1 - Line through the Lane

Lesson 2 - Singin' in the Walk

Lesson 3 - Sit the Jog

Lesson 4 - Ponderosa Poles

Lesson 5 - Laredo Lope


Chapter 3: Relaxation and Suppleness

Lesson 6 - In Your Corner

Lesson 7 - Relax the Jaw

Lesson 8 - Adjust the Brakes

Lesson 9 - Sittin' and Bittin'

Lesson 10 - Idaho Isolation

Lesson 11 - Break Up the Drive Train

Lesson 12 - Circle Up

Lesson 13 - Serpentine Circus


Chapter 4: Readiness

Lesson 14 - Fingertip Controls

Lesson 15 - Striding and Guiding

Lesson 16 - Stay on Track

Lesson 17 - Mirrored Hackamore

Lesson 18 - Sidepassing

Lesson19 - Nevada Neck Rein

Lesson 20 - Square-Cornered Circles

Lesson 21 - Refine Your Cues

Lesson 22 - Boxed In


Chapter 5: Impulsion

Lesson 23 - Turn on the Haunches

Lesson 24 - Outside Rein Rhythm

Lesson 25 - Sidewinder

Lesson 26 - Snake River Serpentines

Lesson 27 - Coiled Mecate

Lesson 28 - Dallas Diagonal

Lesson 29 - Stop on Your Butt

Lesson 30 - Whirling Walk


Chapter 6: Straightness

Lesson 31 - Toothpaste Tube

Lesson 32 - Albuquerque Jerky

Lesson 33 - Forward, Sideways, Back

Lesson 34 - Two-Track

Lesson 35 - Connected to the Horse



The Western Horse

Further Reading




Product Details

Strickland, Charlene
Storey Publishing
Pownal, Vt. :
Horses - Riding
Western riding
Western horses.
Western horses -- Training.
PETS / Horses/General
Sports & Recreation-Equestrian
Pets-Horses Miscellaneous Activities
PETS / Horses
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Horse Wise Guides
Series Volume:
no. 20
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8 1/2 x 11
276.352 x 215.9 x 11.176 mm

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