Cinch today's top new riding techniques In the past twenty-five years, a number of major innovations in horse handling have gained acceptance in the global community. Now Howell presents a one-stop resource for amateur adult riders to help them understand the new approaches and implement them to achieve fast results. Written by renowned professional riding instructor Donna Snyder-Smith, The All-Around Horse and Rider is the first equestrian book to offer a precise road map to utilizing the new innovations in training. This unique book explains the basic lessons the all-around rider must master, showing how to set realistic equestrian goals and adopt the methods that best enable the horse to do his job. Snyder-Smith gets to the heart of "correct" riding, helping the rider harmonize with a horse's movements while translating acquired skills to a wide variety of disciplines.Covers the latest innovations in horse handling, including rider body awareness, equine movement awareness, and round-pen work Demostrates how the innovations and training methods inter-relate -- and how to combine them effectively Reveals how to increase the strength and endurance of both horse and rider Explains the different competitions and who is best suited to compete Shares inspiring, real-life experiences of all-around horses and their riders Identifies when to ask for help-and how to find it
Foreword by Denny Emerson. Introduction. 1. The All-Around Horse, an American Heritage. 2. Determining Where You Stand Now. 3. Setting Realistic Goals. 4. First Foot in the Stirrup. 5. Developing Skills. 6. Getting Agreement. 7. When to Ask for Help (and How and Where to Find It). 8. Where the Road Can Lead. 9. Six Fun Things You Can Do With the Same Horse. 10. Three All-Around Horses and Their Riders. Appendix. About the Author. Index.