The director of the riding program at Sweet Briar College for more than 30 years, Cronin is a well-known and highly respected trainer and riding instructor. Here he presents a clear and practical guide to getting the most out of a horse in a humane and sensitive way.
For anyone training a horse in dressage, classically based in-hand work is a valuable but unfortunately often undervalued part of its education. It is a rarely used tool, but one which offers variation to the everyday routine and schools both the horse and trainer. Particular emphasis is given to the description of lateral movements, as well as for the preparation towards the more advanced movements.
"Working the horse from the ground--schooling "in-hand" as it has been known for centuries--offers every horse and his handler countless benefits, regardless of training level or discipline. Now, this gorgeously illustrated book shows how to apply these time-tested techniques to modern-day training programs--step-by-step, in language that makes sense to today's horse owner" -- back cover.
Lisa Atwood thinks she is finally getting a horse of her very own. A new horse has arrived at Pine Hollow and Lisa is convinced that her parents are planning to buy it for her, so of course she volunteers to help school it. But training this horse is a lot more difficult then Lisa thought--in fact, it turns out to be dangerous. Meanwhile, Carole Hanson is having schooling problems of her own. She's about to fail a course, and she doesn't know where to turn for help. Should she try to struggle through on her own? Or admit defeat and just give up? Can the Saddle Club turn these two schooling disasters into happy endings?
Does it scare the devil out of you when your horse throws himself in the air? It should! Wanna make riding fun again? You can! But how? How do you fix this -- when the very touch of the reins sends your horse up and over? When things escalate so fast? Start by asking yourself what you were doing seconds before your horse reared the last time. The odds are pretty good you were trying to stop or back up - and you were applying even pressure on both reins as you asked. In "When Your Horse Rears: How to Stop It" we'll train your horse to accept pressures typically associated with stopping and backing and the like. We'll learn the theory and practice allowing us to soften and relax our horse, giving us greater control over his mind and various body parts. We'll teach respect for the bit while building smooth transitions from standing to walk to trot to lope. In the end, you'll be able to make ordinary requests, (to "stop" or "back," for instance), without fear that your very pressure is an overt invitation to rear up. In fact, once you've put the time in, you'll be amazed at the difference made in your overall control, safety and enjoyment. With this guide, you will teach your horse to: - Keep his feet on the ground! - Deal (well) with increased pressure - Pick up the correct leads - Move his hips independently - Drop his head immediately - You can't make your horse stop rearing with a "bigger, badder bit." You've got to retrain the brain. This downloadable book shows you the steps you must take to put an end to this scary and very dangerous habit: - Greatly improve your ground control - Get your horse amazingly soft on the bit - Greatly improve your brakes - Follow easy, step-by-step exercises for lasting changes - Cure a nightmare situation that could put you in the E.R.! This is true "Do It Yourself" training - and only you can decide if this is something you, personally, are up for. Horse training can be a dangerous activity - so if you have any doubts whatsoever in your abilities, then I suggest you purchase and read this book simply for the deeper understanding you will glean - and then hire a pro for help and guidance. "When Your Horse Rears: How to Stop It" is broken down into five "Days" or sessions: - Day 1: Start turning your horse's first thoughts from "fight" to "give" - Day 2: Teach your horse respect for rein pressure -- and do it where you're safest: on the ground - Day 3: He can't rear with his head on the ground! Teach your horse to drop his head and "calm down now" - Day 4: Gain "Control of the Hips" and get a great way to calm or slow any horse in a bad situation - Day 5: Teach perfect transitions, tune up your brakes and nail your lead departures Plus, the second half of the book offers 9 more chapters you should know if you ride a "rearing horse": - How to Pick Up Your Reins Like a Pro - The Reins: 5 Ways to Improve Your Use - Rider Checklists - Whoever Moves First, Loses - How to Teach a Horse to Pivot on Its Hindquarters - When You Get On, Do This First - Is My Horse Hard to Train... Because of His Feet? - See Yourself Leading When Riding - Training Magic: Release On the Thought See the first half of this book as a set of detailed instructions designed to fix your horse; see the second half as a way to develop and improve you the rider/trainer, your training habits and methods.
Forages should be the basis of all diets in horse feeding. Therefore it is of major importance to determine which parameters will influence their quality. Changes on chemical composition along the vegetative cycle, nutrient losses during harvesting, preservation and storage are factors that could have an effect on nutritive value, as well on digestibility and palatability. A specific grazing and ingesting behaviour, linked to plant preferences and the selection of feeding sites will have an impact on biodiversity. This will determine the options on plant species and varieties and further management of pastures for horses. This book highlights the role of forages and grazing in horse nutrition and also gathers information about related topics, such as the contribution of local breeds for the sustainability and development of rural areas, their impact on landscape and relationships with environmental preservation. This book is the 6th volume in a scientific series conceived through the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN) which falls under the umbrella of the Horse Commission of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP). All these materials provide an interesting basis for further discussion, not only in specialized forums, but also for those involved in horse production.
A Missionary Family Struggles to Develop Schools for American Indians
Author: Kathryn Cook
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Reverend Isaac McCoy and his amazing wife Christiana established Indian mission schools in Indiana, Michigan and Kansas in the 1800s. This novel concentrates on the two schools established in the Michigan Territory at the request of Governor Cass and Indian leaders. Other missionaries and teachers joined the McCoy family in their constant struggles and hardships. Isaac frequently traveled to solicit support from church and government officials in order to improve conditions for Indians. Christiana, a capable leader and teacher, took over during his absences. The McCoys always sought solution when confronted with problems. When white settlers and traders brough alcohol into their vicinity, the effect upon the Indians was devastating. Isaac working tirelessly to find an answer and eventually was able to convince government officials to move Indians westward to undeveloped land.