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post #1 of 9 Old 09-24-2010, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Can anyone recommend some good books about horses/riding?

I just wondered if anyone can recommend some good books to read to learn more about horses and riding? I know there are tons of different ones out there so I thought I'd see which ones people enjoyed before picking through all the choices. I'm also an 'older' rider so it doesn't need to be a super simple kids book or something.

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-24-2010, 12:55 PM
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My favorite book of all time is Centered Riding by Sally Swift. Very informative and her explanations make sense. Good position is a must for every discipline.
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Corino stole the words right outta my PC! I loved Sally Swift when I first got started.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-24-2010, 01:02 PM
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Horses for Dummies (seriously there is some good info in there), Raising Horses (sold at tractor supply)
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Centered Riding is great, as is "The Man Who Listens to Horses", books by Kelly Marks, and my new favourite, "Unlock Your Riding Talent" by Tina Sederholm.

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Enlightened Equitation by Heather Moffitt, Getting the Most from Riding Lessons by Mike Smith, and Getting Your First Horse by Judith Dutson.

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How To Think Like A Horse by Cherry Hill. It is a good book, that covers many areas(even though it doesn't sound like it). It gives you a basic understanding of horses instincts and why they react like they do, without going into words that your like...ummm I didn't do Bio, I have no clue what the word means!?

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Whatever book you buy most of them will be filled with terms used in equitation - most of which are words for which you think you know the meaning but for which probably you don't.

Jean St Fort Paillard - a Frenchman, wrote a book entitled
"Understanding Equitation".
In it JSFB explains words like impulsion, straightness, calmness, tension, engagement etc

The book Isbn 0-173-00059-4 is out of print - but try the second hand shops
including Amazon.

If you want to learn about equitation you must first understand the language

This one of those books which you will refer back to, time after time.

Enjoy
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-25-2010, 02:46 PM
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My favorites are "How to think like a horse" by Cherry Hill. I also loved the one "Keeping horses on a small acerage" by Cherry Hill.

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