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Essential Equestrian Books

Updated on February 7, 2013

Horseback Riding For Dummies

This series is always a popular buy and in this case, Horseback riding for dummies was written by a nationally respected horse trainer, and if you cannot tell the difference between a fetlock from a hemlock, this is probably the book for you.

Widely regarded as the ultimate beginners guide to horseback riding, Amazon invariably has them on sale. This has to be one of the most down-to-earth horse riding guides ever written.


Whole Heart, Whole Horse: Building Trust Between Horse And Rider

When horses begin to act up, most riders and trailers will automatically assume that there is something wrong with the horse. Trying to correct it’s actions, they may find out that the horse is a bit more stubborn than they thought.

These issues happen on a regular basis, but if you take the time to build the trust between you and your horse, you will stand a much better chance at getting them to do what you want. This book teaches you the subtleties in a horses actions, and how to learn what the horse is telling you, rather than thinking they are disobeying commands.

How To Think Like A Horse – Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do

Simply reacting to a horse can cause problems while you are riding, but if you understand exactly what the horse wants when they are going in their own direction, you stand a much better chance of bringing them back in under your control.

This book is excellent for helping riders, both new and advanced, learn exactly why a horse does what it does. When riders understand this, they can cope with situations that may arise much easier.

Centered Riding

When it comes to learning the finer points of horseback riding, the Centered Riding guide by Sally Swift is an excellent addition to your collection. She teaches riders to stay loose and calm, rather than being tense and uptight while they are riding.

Her thorough knowledge of humans and horses shines through, which helps to teach you better riding positions and posture, as well as help you overcome your learning plateaus.

Why We Ride: Women Writers On The Horses In Their Lives

Regardless of the reasons that you choose to ride a horse, the author has included them into the book. With over 20 contributors, Why We Ride helps people find out how horses have helped them become better and stronger people.

The book portrays the writers’ passion and love for these animals, helping you connect with a beautiful and graceful animal.

United States Pony Club Manual Of Horsemanship – Basics For Beginners

For youngsters who are wanting to learn to ride, the United States Pony Club manual was produced to help them meet the standards of proficiency. The book is perfectly suited for younger riders to read, providing them detailed information about the sport they will be engaging in.

From how to become a careful rider and which horse riding helmet to wear, to how to care for and communicate with your horse properly, the United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship has what every beginning rider needs.

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