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101 Arena Exercises for Horse & Rider: A Ringside Guide for Horse & Rider [Plastic Comb]

Cherry Hill , Carla Wennberg
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Book Description

Jan. 9 1995

Best-selling author Cherry Hill presents classic exercises and original patterns and drills in a unique "read-and-ride" format -- this book can be hung like a calendar or draped over a rail for quick and easy reference in the ring. With exercises such as working walk, canter, two squares, half halt, and flying changes, you'll develop your skills quickly and easily. Suitable for both English and Western riders.

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"101 Arena Exercises is an invaluable workbook for trainers, instructors and coaches interested in exploring new teaching methods." - The Collection

"…she has choreographed more tasks than you could possibly master if you spent the rest of your summer working through her book." - Horses USA

From the Publisher

1996 Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award for Specialty Writing

First Place in Editorial Excellence in Service to the Reader from American Horse Publications in 1993

1994 Journalism Award from The American Farmers Association

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Plastic Comb
I really like this book, and so does my trainer (in fact, I'm giving it to her for her birthday!) Strictly speaking, it's almost more of a manual than a book. As the title indicates, it contains 101 exercises for you to use in an arena with your horse. All the exercises shown are maneuvers to be done while mounted, none are in-hand work. Most work with either English or Western styles of riding, although some are slanted more one way than another. Dressage enthusiasts will recognize much of the work here, as will some of the Western specialists.
There are five main sections in the book: Gaits; Transitions; Circles; Lateral Work; and Mini-Patterns. Each exercise covers two pages, with an overhead diagram showing the pattern created in the arena, as well as a drawing showing the desired effect in the horse. Each page has a step-by-step description of how to ride the exercise, a list of benefits, cautions to consider while doing it, and occasionally, extra notes. All the illustrations are pen and ink drawings; there are no photographs.
Some of the exercises are a little the same, I will agree with a previous reviewer on that point. But all are worth working on and getting right. The format of the book encourages you to take it to the arena with you, with a spiral binding that allows the pages to lay flat. The only thing I'd like to see is to have the pages all laminated, but that surely would have increased the cost, so I'll live with it the way it is. All in all this book is well worth owning, whether you're an Dressage rider, barrel racer, or simply a riding enthusiast who wants to increase the skill set of themselves and their horse. Don't hesitate to buy it, it's well worth the price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For self-educated riders Aug. 11 2009
Format:Plastic Comb
The book provides the reader with good definitions of the different pace and displacements. It also offers good descriptions of the actions required to get the desired move from your horse. But if you have ever taken courses with a qualified trainer for a year or two, you will not find new material in that book. At least, it gives you a reminder of the basics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western meets English June 1 2000
Format:Plastic Comb
This is a really first class book that any reader should be able to put to good use. There are many books that claim to teach you how to ride better or make your horse go better but few that deliver on their promises. This is a book that delivers.
The real strength of this book lies in its blend of Western and dressage exercises. My horse and I are most familiar with dressage movements, so the Western based exercises had some novelty value for me - and provided a change for my horse. Cherry Hill explains a number of complicated movements in very simple terms and offers excellent advice as to how to get results. Her recipes for teaching the collected walk and achieving flying changes are the best I have read anywhere. Her instructions are simple, direct and work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable addition to your equestrian library. Jan. 11 2004
Format:Plastic Comb
The number of excellent reviews for this book reflect the application to riders of all levels and disciplines. The most valuable aspect of this book is that it encourages the rider to formulate a plan for their schooling sessions and make a conscious decision not to do the same thing day in day out - something we are all guilty of on occasion. Make your schooling sessions more fun for you and your horse with this informative guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good for both disciplines Aug. 17 2001
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Format:Plastic Comb
We love this book! Cherry Hill is such a good author, she explains things in such a way that they are understandable and useful, not just a concept that you might not be able to use. This book will give you and your horse a chance to practice different exercises and break out of the old walk-trot-canter-one-way-around the ring rut. I think this has helped myself and our two horses greatly in our training process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book! March 9 1999
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Format:Plastic Comb
I have been showing horse for a number of years and I wish I had this book earlier. It's a very thorough book that provides you with exercises for either western or english riding. It gives you very detailed patterns and step-by-step instructions. A must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great exercises and technical information. Dec 9 2013
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Another great training reference from Cherry Hill. It's so helpful to have a plan before working in the arena and helps both horse and rider set goals and stay focused.
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