Packed full of practical know-how to help you to master all the necessary skills of competition, Competitive Riding is the essential companion for all riders seeking to improve their horsemanship by increasing their knowledge and understanding. Complete with stunning full-colour photography and a refreshing blend of clear, expert instruction and sympathetic, down-to-earth advice, here is everything you need to know to forge a winning partnership, based on mutual respect, as you create that all-important special bond with your horse.
From schooling on the flat and teaching a rose how to jump to getting yourself and your horse fit enough to take part in competitions and shows, all the basics are here to give you a sound footing on which you and your horse can build. Then, chapter by chapter, there’s detailed coverage of the various competitive disciplines, with all the practical guidance you’ll need to become a confident, competent competitor. You’ll find out, for instance, how to get yourself and your horse ready to meet the demands of that first dressage test, how to tackle the most daunting of fences successfully in the cut and thrust of riding a cross-country course, how to prepare your horse for a long0distance endurance ride, and more. Throughout, tips, hints and expert advice help to boost your chances of success on the big day, showing you how to get the most out of the occasion. To complete the picture, there’s coverage of favourite mounted games and Western-style riding, an increasingly poplar discipline, to test your equestrian skills.
Whatever your level of riding ability, you’ll find yourself discovering more and more as you read on. Clearly structured and signposted, making it easy to find out what you need to know, and with every page full of useful, eye-catching illustrations and hands-on hard information, Competitive Riding is an essential equestrian reference source that will appeal to riders and horse enthusiasts of all ages.