What our readers are saying It is extremely helpful and fills in a lot of holes big holes It is one of the best books that I have read It is fabulous Even better than you say The girls and I had beginning riding lessons which were invaluable But, there are things in this Beginner s Guide that we never learned in our lessons Horseback Riding The Complete Beginner s Guide All you need to know about horseback riding BEFORE you take lessons I can only assume that you are serious about horseback riding and want to start out the right way You ll hear me throughout this book talk about SAFETY, SAFETY, and SAFETY You can never be too safe while being around these huge animals We ll discuss the safety issue in depth at different points in the book I know you must have lots of questions that s why have I prepared this book To help anyone of any age to learn all the basics about horseback riding prior to getting on a horse for the first time There are many things you need to understand before mounting and riding for the first time This book will take you item by item through all of these critical concepts to help you understand how a horse thinks, how he s made, his physical characteristics, etc You will also have to prepare yourself both physically and mentally Riding horses is like no other sport you see, if you play golf, tennis, swim, jog, play football or basketball, lift weights whatever it is except for some team interaction how well you do in that sport is pretty much determined by what YOU can do physically How much speed, strength, finesse, coordination, etc you can develop determines how well you ll do But, when riding, you now have a partner the horse who, unlike a tennis racquet or golf club has a mind of his own Success depends on you working together as a team Plus, your physical build and shape will also determine how well your horse can perform Together you are a team and you can help each other out by being physically fit Horseback riding also helps you develop specific muscle groups that are not worked regularly in other sports In the horse world, your success is determined by how well you can control, understand and harmonize with a 1,000 pound animal that has superior strength, is faster and has a better developed nervous system than you The way you overcome these strengths in a horse is to understand what the horse s limitations are Understanding the horse s body, what makes him tick and how the horse s brain works is the key to controlling him If you don t figure this out and understand the horse then you ll constantly be fighting him and your experience will go sour Riding horses is like no other sport you see, if you play golf, tennis, swim, jog, play football or basketball, lift weights whatever it is except for some team interaction how well you do in that sport is pretty much determined by what YOU can do physically How much speed, strength, finesse, coordination, etc you can develop determines how well you ll do But, when riding, you now have a partner the horse who, unlike a tennis racquet or golf club has a mind of his own Success depends on you working together as a team Plus, your physical build and shape will also determine how well your horse can perform Together you are a team and you can help each other out by being physically fit Horseback riding also helps you develop specific muscle groups that are not worked regularly in other sports Let s get started Click the Buy Button You ll be in the saddle in no time...
|Title||:||Horseback Riding: The Complete Beginner's Guide - All You Need To Know About Horseback Riding BEFORE Your Take Lessons!|
|Publisher||:||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform August 1, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||122 pages|
|File Size||:||771 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Horseback Riding: The Complete Beginner's Guide - All You Need To Know About Horseback Riding BEFORE Your Take Lessons! Reviews
I applaud the author's emphasis on safety, and his instructions for how to behave around a horse. The book seems to assume that the reader is going to, or has, bought a horse already, but doesn't know anything about them. This seems a recipe for disaster for both rider and horse. There is no way that reading this book will prepare a person to deal successfully with a new horse. Further, although ostensibly written for the neophyte the book makes use of a lot of specialized "horsey" terminology which is not explained. The book would benefit from many more illustrations (especially of tack and saddling) and higher quality in the few illustration provided. Finally, it needs a much better editing - many dropped words, misspelled words, grammatical errors. Buy the book if you like, but I'd put the money into some good lessons!
For a book that brands itself as a complete beginner's guide, this book is ... well...neither. It's emphasis is in the wrong places. It spends a lot of time describing different types of saddles, for example, and how to choose riding tack, as another example - things that beginner riders don't need to know. At the same time, As someone busy with my first weeks of lessons, I had hoped for in-depth treatment of the various instructions that my riding instructor was giving me, but this was largely absent. This is certainly not a book that complements riding lessons. Did I mention that it is also very short? Complete waste of money.
Charlie Hicks is right on target with his complete guide/manual for the beginning rider. I really appreciate that he addresses the need for a rider and horse to build a relationship based on mutual trust and confidence and this requires mutual respect, rider for horse and horse for rider. I also commend Charlie for his emphasis on safety issues when dealing with an animal which outweighs you, can out muscle you and has an innate flight instinct. He gives the reader - whether a beginning rider or a more experience rider - a good basic explanation of what we as riders need to know about how horses behave and why, that is, the nature of the horse and how they think. This information is extremely important to our understanding of how to best work with our horses in order to have a successful experience. The information he provides about tack options and how they are used and the principles of equitation are clearly and sequentially presented, informative and, happily Charlie's guide is a very enjoyable read. As a horse lover, trainer, rider, and owner of wonderful trail/pleasure horses for over 35 years, I would definitely recommend this guide to anyone who wants to begin riding, return to riding or get another valuable perspective on riding and working with horses.
I am new to riding a horse and have taken lessons for about five months. I bought this book to complement the Western style riding lessons I am taking. I expected more from the book, however it is not expensive and I kept the book. This book does not concentrate on a particular style of riding but gives an overview of various types. It does talk about tacking a horse and all that is needed. Some information my instructor has given in a lesson is in the book and I use the book as a review with my added notes.
I have not read the entire book so take this review with a grain of salt. However, I can tell you that my copy has no page numbers and numerous misspellings were evident at a glance. Apparently "driving" is substituted for "riding" in several locations. Perhaps other books have the page numbers but it makes it quite tedious to find anything so I cannot recommend that you purchase this book. Presumably subsequent editions will have the bugs worked out.
I had high hopes for this book looking at its amazing reviews and reading the sample. I was very disappointed after purchasing the book to find that it talks a bit about horses and almost nothing about riding.
Excellent book to help understand all of the different facets of horses, their tack and gear, and how to behave around them to foster a safe and enjoyable friendship! Big, easy to read font is easy on the eyes and would be great for audiences both younger and older alike.
Horses are my favorite animal but Most of my life I was nothing more than a vacation rider, ie while on vacation taking a trail ride on horseback. I did at one time take some lessons but never advanced too far, and for a few years owned a number of standard-bred race horses. I recently introduced some friends to horseback riding and found this book an excellent introduction for them and a review for me