The Less-Than-Perfect Rider: Overcoming Common Riding Problems Hardcover – Jun 1994
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From the Inside Flap
Riding is a demanding and at times frustrating sport. Every rider encounters problems and experiences feelings of inadequacy, whether attempting to master a particular dressage movement or summoning up the courage to jump a difficult course. All riders, from novices to top competitors, often permit their physical or emotional shortcomings to overwhelm them. Consequently, in The Less-Than-Perfect Rider Lesley Bayley and Caroline Davis focus on the topics that, in their experience, are of the greatest concern to riders:
- how to communicate with the horse
- how to improve mental attitudes
- body shape and how it affects riding
- the importance of visualization in correcting faults
From the Back Cover
The Howell Equestrian Library is a distinguished collection of books on all aspects of horsemanship and horsemastership. The nearly fifty books in print offer readers in all disciplines and at all levels of competition sound instruction and guidance by some of the most celebrated riders, trainers, judges and veterinarians in the horse world today. Whether your interest is dressage, show jumping or Western riding, or whether it's breeding, grooming or health care, Howell has a book to answer your needs. Get to know all the books in the Howell Equestrian Library: many are modern-day classics and have achieved the status of authoritative references in the estimation of those who ride, train and care for horses. The Howell Equestrian LibrarySee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The book has many photographs (some in color) that show typical riding faults and how to correct them.
There are some really good suggestions for off-the-horse exercises. This book is ideal for adults getting back into English(as opposed to Western) riding - especially if you rode when you were so small that the only way to grip was with your knees (not the way to ride!). It covers really basic information - like how to find an instructor and a riding school. It covers walking, trotting, cantering and jumping. There is a very informative chapter for the nervous rider.
I keep going back to this book before and after each lesson. Its a good basic book but will only be useful to those who practise what it preaches.
This book does not cover more detailed dressage moves, or more complicated manoevers like multiple jumps. If you are looking for a solution to fix a horse that is counter-flexing or rushing fences on a course, this is not the book for you. It's a good book, but not as useful for an experienced rider.