A work session as opposed to exercise whether well or badly done can be hard work for a horse both physically and mentally and even experienced riders may be putting their horses to work before their bodies are ready. This book explains the mechanics and the implications of correct working in and cooling down and offers set routines tailored to the workload whether it is a schooling session or a competition. Informative and accessible this book will be of huge benefit to your equine athlete.
Author: Susan McBane
Number of Pages: 224
Author Notes: Author of over 40 equestrian books, Susan McBane has a straightforward and accessible approach to horses. She has an HNC in Equine Science and Management, is co-founder of The Equine Behaviour Forum and holds the Classical Riding Club Gold Award. She lives in Over Darwen, Lancashire.
Further Title Description: Most horses today are kept for athletic purposes, not necessarily competitive, but most of them have to work for their living; they are equine athletes. For some horses, international competition may indeed represent the highest level of work of which they are capable. For many more though, activities at a more modest level such as weekend riding club activities may prove just as taxing because they are as much as those horses are capable of. Many riders, often very experienced ones, enter the manege without really understanding what they are aiming for or how to work towards and achieve it and, over the years the skills of warming up, working in, cooling down, warming down and settling a horse have been lost or misinterpreted, and wrongly applied to the detriment of the horses concerned. Many owners do not understand how important they are to the wellbeing, health and soundness of their horses.The topics covered here will give readers the confidence and independence of being able to make their own accurate decisions on the best way to proceed during the schooling, working and management processes, no matter what work their horses do.