Jo holds a M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Equestrian Studies (1986) and a B.S. in Equestrian Studies with a minor in Education (1986- graduating magna cum laude). Both of her academic degrees are from Salem International University, West Virginia. She also holds a Riding Master Diploma, 1975 from Meredith Manor School of Horsemanship where she was named to the Who’s Who List for Outstanding Students in American Vocational and Technical Schools, 1975. As an administrator, Jo was formerly Dean of Meredith Manor School of Horsemanship, 1980-1985. She has a strong professional background in teacher education, program administration and curriculum development. While teaching at this internationally known school for 10 years, she focused on the development of the jumping and teaching departments. As former Vice-President for the United States Combined Training Association, Jo served on the executive committee from 1987-1989 and the board of governors from 1984-1989. During her tenure, she developed the AHSA-USCTA Combined Training Officials seminars as well as carried out the educational seminars for the general membership including beginning the USCTA Event Colleges. In 1988 she received the USCTA’s Governor’s Cup Award for outstanding contributions to the sport of Eventing. As an educator, Jo has provided equestrian education to riders and instructors, nationally, since 1975. From 1989 through 2002 she provided an on-going education program for horseback riding instructors focusing on improving their teaching effectiveness. She has also developed a working student program for Shenandoah Farm of Staunton, Virginia on training and breeding, and advised Wetherbee Farm of Boxboro Massachusetts on developing their Fitness by Riding Program. As a rider, competitor and athlete, Jo has trained and competed through the Advanced Level in Eventing and the Prix St. Georges Level in Dressage. She earned her USDF Bronze and Silver Medal Rider Awards during the late 1970’s. She has also been long listed during the 1980’s for The Eventing Olympic Team.
You’ve always dreamed of riding horses. So what are you waiting for? It’s time you realized your equestrian dreams and learned to ride like a pro on the back of a noble steed. And Horseback Riding for Dummies shows you how. Don’t know a horse’s head from its tail, a trot from a canter, withers from a fetlock? No problem. Coauthored by a medal-winning equestrian and nationally respected equestrian trainer, it tells you what you need to know about that elegant animal, body and soul, to become an accomplished rider. And it trains you in all the technical basics of riding for fun or competition, including how to: Find a good stable and instructor Select riding gear Warm up and keep riding muscles fit Establish a rapport with a horse Cue a horse to walk, jog, trot, lope, and cantor Ride in the ring and on trails Improve your balance and timing Compete in horse shows Buy and care for your own horse Stop dreaming about it and learn to ride like the wind with Horseback Riding for Dummies—the ultimate beginner’s guide to all things equestrian.
A Handbook for Beginning and Experienced Horseback Riders
Trail Riding: A Handbook for Beginning and Experienced Horseback Riders, by Dr. Ken Marlborough, is a guide to riding outdoors on bridle trails, in the wilderness, and in urban areas. In it, trail riding is described as a recreational activity, an adjunct to arena training, and as an occupation. It is a book suitable for novices, experienced riders, outfitters, and working trail guides.Trail riding is the number one crossover riding activity of all equestrian disciplines. The book, Trail Riding, is a comprehensive guide originally created as the text to accompany Dr. Marlborough's college course of the same name. The course was intended for high school and college-age riders, but the book is written for general reading for young and old alike. It is based on the author's experience of many years' employment as an equestrian trail guide and riding instructor. His background includes completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Horse Science Technology and a Ph.D. in Education focusing on "learning by doing" in college agricultural science programs; he also received teaching licenses in both fields from the State of Iowa. Educational institutions, trainers and riding instructors who are interested in using Trail Riding for teaching may obtain a test bank of chapter quizzes from Wildwood Canyon Press.Description of topics covered in Trail Riding by chapter:The Trail: A Place and a Metaphor for the Journey.Tack and Equipment.Useful Knots: Instructions for Making Knots with Illustrations.Health Hazards on the Trail.Trail Tips: Practical Advice for Safe and Fun Riding.Encountering Wild Animals.Trail Horsemanship: Special Riding Skills for the Trail.Overnight Camping.First Aid Kits.Venturing Out: Initial Trail Rides.Work and Fatigue: Incl. a Temp, Pulse & Respiration Guide.On the Job: Working as a Trail Guide.Epilog: Beginning the Journey.About the Author.Diagrams: Western Saddle, Bridle, Halter, and Parts of the Horse.Key Words:Cross-country riding.Equestrian education.Horse behavior.Horse camping.Horse tack and equipment.Horseback riding.Horsemanship.Recreation--Outdoor.Trail riding.
Learn How to Improve Horse Behavior Without Resorting to Scare Tactics Or Medicinal Supplements
Author: Martha Leynes-Selbert
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
For equestrians, horse trainers, and animal lovers, Basic Training for a Safe Trail Horse is a comprehensive, in-depth look at logical and humane training tips for optimal trail riding. Martha Leynes-Selbert, published writer and horse training specialist, has written a superb user's guide that gives trainers, riders and owners a distinctive way to establish a quiet and successful relationship with a horse. Leynes-Selbert's approach to a gentle way of training is explained in detail along with photographs that give the reader step-by-step instruction. Through her relationship with horse trainer, Patricia Allard, Leynes-Selbert's proven methods include relating to the horse as an "alpha mare" instead of a predator. She takes all aspects of fear-based training out of the equation and highlights the intelligence of this regal animal. Her methods include a more compassionate approach-how horses can actually respond to the rider or trainer through words and patient attention.
A Practical Guide for First-Time Equestrians and Adults Getting Back in the Saddle
Author: Sarah Montague
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications
Category: Sports & Recreation
Are you ready to enter, or re-enter the barn? Are you a former equestrian longing to ride again? Have you always had a dream of riding? Sarah Montague's The Adult Rider will lead you through the ins and outs of horseback riding today: where to take lessons, which disciplines to consider, fitness and nutrition tips, and what it will cost in both time and money.
This book discusses ground-pole training for all disciplines and shows how you can make the most of precious schooling time. It provides quick and easy pole layouts, using just a handful of poles. Different exercises are given for each pole layout, so there is no need to move the poles during a session. Exercises range from the simple to the more intricate, with the inclusion of more transitions, lateral work, raised poles/cavalletti, or riding in a different gait. Claire Lilley explains how these pole exercises can help you to ride with precision and improve your horse's way of going, adhering to the scales of training. You can also use the different layouts to check whether you are sitting straight, turning correctly, and riding transitions and lateral movements properly. She lists common rider faults for each exercise to help riders self-correct if schooling alone. As an experienced trainer herself, Claire knows that this book will prove an invaluable resource for riding instructors, providing a veritable cookbook of ideas for lesson plans. Poles are a great teaching tool, adding variety to every lesson and helping the teacher to explain lessons to the pupil. Teacher's tips are given for each exercise. Claire says: "Try the exercises for yourself and I'm sure you will be amazed at the improvements that can be made both in your riding technique and in your horse's way of going. You will never be bored with schooling again!"