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The Less-Than-Perfect Rider: Overcoming Common Riding Problems [Hardcover]

Lesley Bayley , Caroline Davis
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June 1 1994
Sound riding instructions as well as a program of exercises that will improve a rider's confidence and ability and make riding the pleasure it was meant to be.

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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
Bayley and Davis offer sound riding instruction as well as a program of exercises that will improve a rider's confidence and ability. Once shortcomings—real or imagined—are understood and addressed, riding will become the pleasure it was meant to be.

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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 Library

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5.0 out of 5 stars Now I Know why I have Difficulty With..... July 20 2002
By A Customer
I was born saying "horse" & among diverse interests, a Graduate of the former Riding Acadamy that Susan Harris was director of as an Instructor in "Balance Seat" I am also a nurse in Family Practice & both student & practioner of several "alternative medicine modialities" in accupressure,trigger point release, Theraputic Touch . As I began to see different body types of people coming as patients in our office & to me I noticed a pattern of other problems that would show elsewhere from where an initial injury would occur;known as compensatory injuries & as a believer in form to function in all creatures I found myself being able to instruct a patient of what my also result from the injury & prevention. This book takes this concept onto the horse & clearly explains why some riders find ease & difficulty w/ aspects of riding . I also gives Instructor & rider insight into how to cope w/ rider's conformation & honest expectations of how much physical challanges & capabilities for different body types to riding disiplines . KJSHASTA
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I like the back views of riders - some tall, some short, some fat, some thin - these are used to give you suggestions on how you can improve your riding. So don't worry if you don't look like an Olympic champion with perfect legs!
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.
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By Anne
This book would be great for someone just starting out riding, and having "issues" that need solving. The book is packed with pictures and accompanying descriptions. It covers basic flat work and jumping. A wide variety of rider error is covered in this book, and might be useful for an instructor as a schooling guide.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to anyone's riding library July 3 1998
As a rider who took up the sport at 33-and who sometimes feels overwhelmed with all there is to know and master in riding, I was delighted with this book. The british authors have a wonderfully down-to-earth approach, and there is no sense of the "elitism" one sometimes finds in american riding books. Great discussions of common problems, and very helpful solutions offered. I think it should be in every adult beginner's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written, helpful book. Dec 6 1999
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This is a great book with beautiful color pictures throughout. It is helpful especially for adults, but good for anyone who is involved in riding. It is nice to know the problems we face are commonplace for many other people, and the author gently shows us how to correct them. Great information about human and equine bodies as well. Lots of helpful advice, and did I mention beautiful pictures?
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