Horseback Riding For Dummies

Wiley (Verlag)
  • 2. Auflage
  • |
  • erschienen am 6. Juli 2020
  • |
  • 400 Seiten
E-Book | ePUB mit Adobe-DRM | Systemvoraussetzungen
978-1-119-60770-0 (ISBN)
Giddy up! Your guide to horseback riding is here!

There's nothing quite like the sound of a horse's gallop. Add to that the sight of its mane catching wind as its powerhouse body criss-crosses the boundary of strength and graceful agility. They are majestic creatures to behold--and if you've caught the equine bug, Horseback Riding For Dummies is all you need to get saddled up and started on your journey to riding into the sunset!

Inside, riders at the beginner level will discover the differences between Western and English riding styles, get the knowledge to select the best stable and instructor, and so much more!
* Choose the riding discipline that best suits your interests
* Find a qualified riding instructor
* Learn how to enter the competitive riding world
* Fit and care for the saddle, bridle, and other equipment

Once you've fallen for one of these beautiful animals, it's hard to hold your horses--and this guide is here to give you the skills and know-how to take that excitement to the ring!
2. Auflage
  • Englisch
  • Newark
  • |
  • USA
  • 50,94 MB
978-1-119-60770-0 (9781119607700)
weitere Ausgaben werden ermittelt
Audrey Pavia is the former editor of Horse Illustrated magazine and an award-winning writer of numerous articles on equine subjects. The author of 10 books about horses, she has also contributed to Horse & Rider, American Farriers Journal, and many other animal magazines.
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • About This Book
  • Foolish Assumptions
  • Icons Used in This Book
  • Beyond the Book
  • Where to Go from Here
  • Part 1 Horseback Riding Basics
  • Chapter 1 Giddy Up! Welcome to Horseback Riding
  • Discovering the Horse's Mind and Body
  • Taking Riding Lessons
  • Getting into Riding Shape
  • Keeping Yourself Safe around Horses
  • Selecting the Right Riding Style and Gear
  • Riding High from the Start
  • Preparing on the ground
  • Mounting and dismounting
  • Getting a grip on gaits
  • Jumping
  • Adjusting to Advanced Riding
  • Stepping up your current riding routine
  • Buying your own horse
  • Looking after your horse
  • Enjoying Fun and Games on Horseback
  • Chapter 2 Head to Hoof: The Mind and Mechanics of a Horse
  • Understanding How Horses Think
  • Getting a grip on equine society
  • Interpreting equine expressions
  • Getting along with horses
  • Examining the Equine Body
  • The parts of a horse
  • The height of a horse
  • The buildup: Horse conformation
  • Stepping out: The gaits of a horse
  • Colors and markings
  • Sifting through Breed Differences
  • Realizing that breed may matter
  • Picking through popular breeds
  • Chapter 3 School's in Session: Taking Riding Lessons
  • Finding the Best Stable for Your Needs
  • The initial search: Identifying stables in your area
  • Your major: Finding a school that offers your discipline
  • Campus visit: Evaluating stables with a sharp eye
  • Choosing an Instructor or Trainer
  • Deciding between a riding instructor and a horse trainer
  • Understanding what to look for in an instructor or trainer
  • When you strike out with stables: Seeking out a different teacher
  • Getting the Most from Your Lessons
  • Deciding between individual and group lessons
  • Setting up your lesson schedule
  • Working with your instructor or trainer
  • Chapter 4 Mind and Body: Conditioning Yourself for Riding
  • Understanding Why You Need to Condition Yourself
  • Getting into Riding Shape
  • Lightening the load: Shedding those extra pounds
  • Developing endurance with aerobic exercise
  • Building strength
  • Cross-training: Practicing yoga and Pilates for flexibility and strength
  • Stretching yourself: Increasing flexibility just before you mount
  • Preparing Your Mind
  • Knowing your role as the horse's leader
  • Banishing your fear
  • Chapter 5 Safety First: Protecting Yourself around Horses
  • Dressing the Part with Safe Clothing
  • Covering your head
  • Slipping into the right shirt
  • Protecting your legs
  • These boots are made for riding: Donning the right footwear
  • Removing your jewelry
  • Keeping a Close Eye on Horses When You're on the Ground
  • Being in close confines with a horse
  • Moving around a tied horse
  • Identifying dangerous horse moves
  • Staying Secure on a Horse
  • Checking your tack before you saddle up
  • Riding with others
  • Hitting the trail by yourself
  • Part 2 Getting Set with the Right Riding Style and Gear
  • Chapter 6 Off into the Sunset: Western Riding
  • Looking at the Nitty-Gritty of Western Riding
  • Uses
  • Tack and apparel
  • The horses
  • The ride
  • Checking Out Western Riding Activities
  • Hitting the trail
  • Horsing around at shows
  • Working with cattle
  • Chapter 7 Not Just for the Brits: English Riding
  • Examining the Basics of English Riding
  • Uses
  • Tack and apparel
  • The horses
  • Brushing Up on the Basic English Styles
  • Jumping in hunt seat and riding on the flat
  • Making moves in dressage
  • Chapter 8 Dressing Up Horses with Saddles
  • Going Over the Basic Makeup of a Saddle
  • The Heavy Hitters: Western Saddles
  • The pleasure saddle
  • The barrel racing saddle
  • The roping saddle
  • The trail saddle
  • On the Smaller Side: English Saddles
  • The all-purpose saddle
  • The close-contact saddle
  • The dressage saddle
  • Setting Yourself Up with Saddle Pads
  • Playing Matchmaker as You Fit Saddles
  • Fitting a horse
  • Fitting yourself
  • Chapter 9 Getting a Heads-Up on Bridles
  • Breaking Down the Basic Parts of a Bridle
  • Gearing Up with Western Bridles and Bits
  • Looking at Western headstalls
  • Gaining leverage with Western bits
  • Nosing around hackamores
  • Examining English Bridles and Bits
  • Discovering English headstalls
  • Directing attention to English bits
  • Chapter 10 Equipping Yourself with Other Important Gear
  • Dressing in High Style
  • Choosing clothes for safety and comfort
  • Following tradition: Western dress
  • Staying conservative: English dress
  • Reviewing Artificial Aids
  • A leg up: Spurs
  • Tap it out: Whips
  • Part 3 Settling into the Saddle and Easing into Riding
  • Chapter 11 Working from the Ground, Saddling, and Bridling
  • Handling Horses from the Ground
  • Play catch: Approaching horses
  • Buckle up: Haltering horses
  • Follow me: Leading horses
  • Take care of loose ends: Tying horses
  • Putting on a Saddle Properly
  • Western saddles
  • English saddles
  • Saving the Bridling for Last
  • Chapter 12 Mounting and Dismounting
  • Get Set: Preparing to Mount
  • Checking tack
  • Choosing a mounting location
  • Get on Up: The Mechanics of Mounting
  • Western mounting
  • English mounting
  • Wrap It Up: Preparing to Dismount
  • Get Down: The Mechanics of Dismounting
  • Western dismounting
  • English dismounting
  • Chapter 13 Enjoying the Walk
  • Body Language: Helping Your Riding with the Natural Aids
  • Your hands
  • Your legs
  • Your seat
  • Your voice
  • Asking a Horse to Go for a Walk
  • Western cues
  • English requests
  • Riding the Walk in Western
  • Positioning your body
  • Trying your hand at holding the reins
  • Putting your legs in position
  • Moving with the Western horse
  • Riding the Walk in Hunt Seat
  • Positioning your body
  • With both hands: Holding the reins
  • Putting your legs in position
  • Moving with the hunt seat horse
  • Riding the Walk in Dressage
  • Positioning your body
  • Get a grip: Holding the reins
  • Putting your legs in position
  • Moving with the dressage horse
  • Maneuvering the Horse at the Walk
  • Pulling out all the stops
  • Turning left and right
  • Circling the horse
  • In reverse: Calling for backup
  • Trying a Couple of Walking Exercises
  • Using barrels in Western riding
  • Crazy eights: Turning a figure eight in English riding
  • Chapter 14 Bumping Up Your Skills with the Jog or Trot
  • Asking the Horse to Pick Up the Pace
  • Western jog requests
  • English trot cues
  • Riding the Jog in Western
  • Positioning your body
  • Holding the reins in Western
  • Putting your legs in position
  • Moving with the Western horse
  • Riding the Trot in Hunt Seat
  • Positioning your body
  • Holding the reins
  • Positioning your legs in hunt seat
  • Moving with the hunt seat horse
  • Riding the Trot in Dressage
  • Positioning your body
  • Holding the reins
  • Putting your legs in dressage position
  • Moving with the dressage horse
  • Maneuvering the Horse at the Jog or Trot
  • Stopping the horse
  • Turning left and right
  • Circling the horse
  • Trying Some Exercises
  • Following a serpentine pattern in Western riding
  • Circling jump poles in English riding
  • Chapter 15 Getting on the Fast Track with the Lope or Canter
  • Cueing the Horse to Lope or Canter
  • Western: Telling your horse you want to lope
  • English: Requesting a canter
  • Riding the Lope in Western
  • Positioning your body for Western
  • Holding the reins
  • Putting your legs in loping position
  • Moving with the Western horse
  • Riding the Canter in Hunt Seat
  • Positioning your body for hunt seat
  • Holding the reins
  • Putting your legs in cantering position
  • Moving with the hunt seat horse
  • Riding the Canter in Dressage
  • Positioning your body for dressage
  • Holding the reins
  • Putting your legs in position
  • Moving with the dressage horse
  • Maneuvering the Horse at the Lope or Canter
  • Whoa, Nelly! Stopping the horse
  • Turning in an L-pattern
  • Circling the horse
  • Trying a Couple of Balancing Exercises
  • Look, Ma, no hands! Western lunge line work
  • One-handed English lunge line work
  • Chapter 16 Making the Leap into Jumping
  • Delving into Different Types of Jumping
  • On the inside: Arena jumping
  • Out there: Cross-country jumping
  • Checking Out Types of Fences
  • X marks the spot: Crossrails
  • Get some air: Verticals
  • Go the distance: Oxers
  • Not as scary as they look: Walls
  • A test of stamina: Cross-country jumps
  • Making Your Way through the Jumping Process
  • Practicing the two-point position
  • Taking the leap
  • Riding over Multiple Jumps
  • Getting on the grid
  • Staying in line
  • Being on course
  • Overcoming Jumping Problems
  • Refusing to jump
  • Running out
  • Rushing
  • Part 4 Riding into Advanced Pastures
  • Chapter 17 Graduating to the Next Level of Riding
  • Finding a New Instructor or Trainer
  • Switching Disciplines
  • Growing Stronger with Advanced Conditioning
  • Improving Your Balance and Timing
  • Chapter 18 Taking the Plunge by Buying a Horse
  • Deciding Whether to Get a Horse of Your Own
  • Understanding ownership realities
  • Totaling costs
  • Figuring Out What Kind of Horse to Buy
  • Recognizing the ideal equine personality type
  • Taking age into account
  • Considering your riding discipline
  • Determining your interest in competition
  • Checking out breeds
  • Thinking about gender
  • Walking through the Horse-Buying Process
  • Finding help upfront
  • Looking in all the right places
  • Having a horse undergo a pre-purchase exam
  • Chapter 19 Exploring Horse Care
  • Gimme Shelter: Proper Horse Housing
  • Getting on board with commercial boarding facilities
  • No place like home: Keeping your horse on your own property
  • Chow Time: Dealing with Your Horse's Hunger and Thirst
  • Feeding your horse
  • Watering your horse
  • Hey, Good Lookin': Grooming Your Horse
  • Getting into gear
  • Brushing your horse
  • The horse wash: Scrubbing down
  • A Little TLC: Maintaining Your Horse's Health
  • Providing preventive care
  • Recognizing signs of illness
  • Checking out common ailments
  • Part 5 Having Fun with Other Styles and Activities
  • Chapter 20 Step Up: Riding Gaited Horses
  • Defining the Four-Beat Gait
  • Checking Out Breeds Who Display Fancy Footwork
  • Riding a Gaited Horse
  • Positioning your body
  • Holding the reins
  • Putting your legs in position
  • Moving with the gaited horse
  • Chapter 21 Don't Fence Me In: Trail Riding
  • Preparing for a Trail Ride
  • Using the right horse
  • Deciding where to ride
  • Gathering important gear
  • Getting ready for a ride of any length
  • Staying Safe on the Trail
  • Following some important guidelines
  • Handling spooks
  • Happy Trails: Minding Your Manners
  • Following etiquette when trail riding in a group
  • Encountering other riders when you're out alone
  • Sharing the trail with non-riders
  • Chapter 22 Show Off: Riding in Competition
  • Understanding How Horse Shows Work
  • Looking at the judging system
  • An eye on the prize: Placings and awards
  • Surveying Different Types of Shows
  • Learning the ropes at schooling shows
  • Raising the bar at rated shows
  • Welcoming competition in open shows
  • Focusing on breed shows
  • Exploring specialty shows
  • Gearing Up for a Horse Show
  • Preparing yourself
  • Preparing your horse
  • Displaying Good Manners at Horse Shows
  • Behaving yourself
  • Handling your horse appropriately
  • Chapter 23 Even More Riding Styles and Activities
  • The Road Less Ridden: Trying Other Disciplines
  • Holding on with bareback
  • Getting your kicks in saddle seat
  • Sidesaddle: A feminine tradition
  • Horseplay: Surveying Sports, Exhibitions, and Other Equine Activities
  • Taking part in trail events
  • Playing polo, the sport of kings
  • Vaulting into gymnastics
  • Drilling on horseback
  • Riding in parades
  • Reenacting history
  • Traveling with a Horse
  • Field trips: Exploring faraway trails
  • Vacationing with your mount
  • Moving your horse with a trailer
  • Part 6 The Part of Tens
  • Chapter 24 Ten Rules of Riding Etiquette
  • Tie a Red Ribbon on a Kicker's Tail
  • Go Slowly after You Mount
  • Communicate with Your Fellow Riders
  • Avoid Hollering
  • Keep a Safe Distance from Others
  • Approach Courteously from the Rear
  • Pass Left Shoulder to Left Shoulder
  • Prepare Your Horse for Trail Riding
  • Be Courteous during Water Breaks on the Trail
  • Help Others during Times of Trouble
  • Chapter 25 Ten Horseback Games to Improve Your Riding
  • Simon Says
  • Ride-a-Buck
  • Treasures on the Trail
  • Magazine Race
  • Ride and Tie
  • Red Light, Green Light
  • Follow the Leader
  • Boot Bucket Race
  • Egg and Spoon Carry
  • Around the World
  • Appendix: Resources for Riders
  • Index
  • EULA

Chapter 1

Giddy Up! Welcome to Horseback Riding


Finding out how horses think and move

Getting started with riding lessons and conditioning

Exploring different riding disciplines

Advancing to the next level and having fun

The act of riding horses has been going on for thousands of years. In the old days, people did it because they had to - it was the only way to efficiently travel from one place to another. Today, we ride horses because we want to.

Why do some people love riding horses so much? Is it a way to connect with nature in our highly technical world? Or is it a product of genetic memory? Are we drawn to horses because it's in our DNA?

Whatever the reason, horseback riding is an activity that millions of people enjoy the world over. If you've ever done it, you know why it's so popular; if you haven't but want to, you can imagine how much fun it is. And you're right. When it comes to horses and riding, you'll never find yourself at a loss for things to do. For those who love these friendly beasts, horses make the world go round. Start riding, and you'll see why!

In this chapter, I introduce you to the world of horseback riding. It's a world where human and horse become one and where you can leave the cares and pressures of your daily life behind in the dust.

Discovering the Horse's Mind and Body

I've heard people say that horses are dumb, but that idea couldn't be further from the truth. Horses are brilliant in many ways, which is why they've been around for so many millions of years. You can't be stupid and manage to stay alive for that long!

Likewise, the horse's body is an amazing machine, designed for speed, agility, and survival. Horses can run incredibly fast, turn their 1,000-pound bulk on a dime, and react physically with lightning speed to even the slightest sound. If you want to ride horses, you need to comprehend all these abilities in depth.

As a rider, you want to understand and communicate with your mount. Horses don't see the world the way we do. Cellphones, computers, and fax machines are not their world; hay, dirt, and other horses make up the bulk of their existence. Seeing the world from the horse's perspective can make you a better rider and provide you with more enjoyment when you're around these really neat animals.

The equine mind and body are at your fingertips if you just know how to use them. In Chapter 2 of this book, you get a primer on equine psychology and discover the language that horse people use to describe their favorite animal and her various body parts. Each part of the horse has a corresponding name that horse people toss around like so much confetti. If you want to fit in with the crowd and know what people at the barn at talking about, make sure you take a good look at the diagram in Chapter 2.

Taking Riding Lessons

Getting up on a horse's back can be an exciting experience, but it can also be frustrating and even scary if you don't know what you're doing. Learning to ride in a formal setting, with an instructor or trainer who knows how to properly teach riding basics, is imperative.

Even though horses have minds and can think and see where they're going (unlike cars, which need direction every inch of the way), don't fall victim to the notion that you just need to sit up there and let the horse do his thing. This approach only lets you discover that you and the horse may not have the same ideas about what to do next. Instead, figure out how to ride before you start doing it on your own, just like you'd take skiing lessons with an instructor before heading down the slope.

Riding lessons are a lot of fun, but they're also hard work. You find yourself using muscles you never knew you had and are challenged to coordinate different parts of your body in ways you've never done before. If you enjoy learning and challenging yourself, you'll likely enjoy horseback riding lessons. You'll also discover the wonderful feeling that comes when you communicate with a horse while on his back.

In Chapter 3, I give you advice on how to get started with riding lessons. Here are some examples of what you can find there:

  • Finding a stable: A friendly atmosphere, a clean environment, healthy equine tenants, and a professional demeanor from the staff are all things you should seek out when picking the stable where you'll learn to ride.
  • Choosing your instructor: The person you pick to be your instructor should have a teaching style that you like, be experienced in the discipline you've chosen (English or Western), and be familiar with training beginners.
  • Being a good student: It's not all up to the teacher! The best students (and the ones who get the most from their training) are the folks who show up on time, pay attention, speak up when they need to, and do their homework.

Getting into Riding Shape

Horseback riding is hard work! It may not look all that difficult when you're watching an experienced rider, but the truth is that a whole slew of muscles, along with balance and stamina, come into play as you're riding.

To prepare your body for the rigors of riding a horse, do some or all of the following:

  • Lose weight
  • Build strength
  • Cross-train
  • Improve endurance
  • Increase flexibility with stretching exercises

Mental challenges also come along with this sport. In order to get the most from your riding lessons and your time in the saddle, deal with any fear issues you have about riding and understand your role as the leader of your team of two (that is, you and the horse). To find out how to prepare your body and mind for riding, take a look at Chapter 4.

Keeping Yourself Safe around Horses

Horses are large animals, and handling them takes some know-how. You can perfect this skill with training and experience. In order to get the most from the time you spend with horses, you need the right kind of instruction from a qualified expert. When you have some knowledge under your belt, you can safely handle a horse in a variety of situations.

To keep yourself safe around horses, you have to follow some basic rules that those who've come before you have set up. These concepts were created out of experience, so take them seriously.

First, you need to make sure you're wearing the right clothing. Boots designed for riding are necessary because they have a special heel that helps keep one of your legs from getting caught in the stirrup should you fall from the saddle - getting dragged is the danger here. A safety helmet is also a must if you want to protect that valuable gray matter. And your legs can get chafed if you ride in shorts or in the wrong kind of pants, so riding pants are preferable. And before you ride, you handle the horse from the ground, so wear heavy boots for safety in case a clumsy equine steps on your foot. (I've had it happen - not fun.)

Understanding how horses move their bodies is also a necessity for safety, as are knowing when to enter a stall (when you know the horse sees you) and dealing with stupid horse maneuvers, such as pulling back when tied. Of course, you likewise need to know the various rules that apply to riding, both alone and with others, either in the arena or on the trail. Concepts such as what to do when another rider falls off and when you need to pass another rider are part of rider safety. All this and more await you in Chapter 5.

Selecting the Right Riding Style and Gear

Before you can start riding, you need to determine which discipline you want to pursue. Here are your options:

  • Western riding, the most popular discipline in the U.S., is often the style of choice for beginning riders because Western saddles provide the most security. Western riding is popular with casual trail riders, as well as those working with cattle. I discuss Western riding in Chapter 6.
  • English style riding is made up of some subtypes, including hunt seat and dressage (see Chapter 7 for details).
    • People who'd like to jump their horses opt for hunt seat, although plenty of hunt seat riders don't jump - they simply enjoy this style of riding. Hunt seat riders sit in a smaller saddle and wear their stirrups shorter than Western riders do. Many hunt seat riders enjoy "hacking" (riding) out on the trail.
    • Dressage, the ballet of horseback riding, involves precise movements and stringent training of both horse and rider.

You may soon discover, after you start riding, that horses come with lots of stuff. Here are some items every horse needs:

  • Saddle and pad
  • Bridle (including a bit)
  • Halter and lead rope

You need some equipment for yourself as well:

  • Riding boots or shoes
  • Riding pants
  • A proper shirt
  • A helmet (if you're smart)

For more details on these and other items for both you and the horse, see Chapters 8, 9, and 10.

Riding High from the Start

Okay, it's almost time to get on! You still have a few more things to figure out before you get in the saddle, including...

Dateiformat: ePUB
Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM (Digital Rights Management)


Computer (Windows; MacOS X; Linux): Installieren Sie bereits vor dem Download die kostenlose Software Adobe Digital Editions (siehe E-Book Hilfe).

Tablet/Smartphone (Android; iOS): Installieren Sie bereits vor dem Download die kostenlose App Adobe Digital Editions (siehe E-Book Hilfe).

E-Book-Reader: Bookeen, Kobo, Pocketbook, Sony, Tolino u.v.a.m. (nicht Kindle)

Das Dateiformat ePUB ist sehr gut für Romane und Sachbücher geeignet - also für "fließenden" Text ohne komplexes Layout. Bei E-Readern oder Smartphones passt sich der Zeilen- und Seitenumbruch automatisch den kleinen Displays an. Mit Adobe-DRM wird hier ein "harter" Kopierschutz verwendet. Wenn die notwendigen Voraussetzungen nicht vorliegen, können Sie das E-Book leider nicht öffnen. Daher müssen Sie bereits vor dem Download Ihre Lese-Hardware vorbereiten.

Bitte beachten Sie bei der Verwendung der Lese-Software Adobe Digital Editions: wir empfehlen Ihnen unbedingt nach Installation der Lese-Software diese mit Ihrer persönlichen Adobe-ID zu autorisieren!

Weitere Informationen finden Sie in unserer E-Book Hilfe.

Download (sofort verfügbar)

16,99 €
inkl. 7% MwSt.
Download / Einzel-Lizenz
ePUB mit Adobe-DRM
siehe Systemvoraussetzungen
E-Book bestellen