I think some of those books look kind of neat and I bet that women makes a fortune...
I'm not sure how you can really learn to ride safely and correctly from a book or even a video but as a supplement, books and videos are great...
I have shelves full
of horse books. I love
Some are coffee-table-style horse books (given to me as gifts, 'cause they have pretty pictures), but most are instructional. And of course, they're useful. Some have great diagrams, or step-by-step instructions that make excellent printouts to give to lesson students.
As anyone on this board knows, there's nothing "textbook" about horses. A book or DVD may show you how to handle certain issues, or how a horse would be expected respond to cues. It can show
you the difference between a good seat and a not-so-good seat. It can show you the difference between having heavy contact on the reins and light contact.
But seeing it in a photo or video, and actually doing
it are two very, very different things. . .especially when it comes to horses. How many of us have had non-horsey friends or relatives say "what's so hard about riding? You just sit there and the horse does all the work!":roll:
Have you ever managed to get that person into the saddle to give them a lesson? Or taken them on a several-hour trail ride? Were they singing the same tune at the end of the day? Not likely.
If you're out in the arena (or on trail) and a problem comes up. . .and the thing you read about in the book or saw on the DVD isn't working on your horse, or you realize that you didn't understand it as well as you thought you did, having a riding instructor to guide you through it is worth far more than that book or DVD sitting on the shelf at home.
A good instructor can spot an issue before the rider even recognizes it's about to become an issue. . .they can tell you when what you're doing is "right" and what needs work, and help you develop your seat and your balance, and learn what it's supposed to feel
like when it is done right.
You cannot get that from a book or DVD.