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Understanding why horses behave they way they do is the key to having a better relationship with your horse. For their sake and yours, don’t make assumptions about horse behaviour, get the facts.
I wish this book had been out when I bought my first horse property, it would have saved me a lot of anguish. I love the check list and I am using it as we look for our next property. Vicky, Texas, USA
This book has brought up so many points that I just would not have thought about if I had not read it. Thanks a million! Bob, Nottingham, UK
So many great pictures and such a straightforward way of explaining how to work out what is important, and what is not. Kirsty, Geelong, Australia
This book covers all of the important things about horse behaviour and the information comes from correct scientific sources. Mel, Brisbane, Australia
I now have a far better understanding of my horse whereas before I used to think my horse was behaving a certain way on purpose. Sarah, Devon, UK
Fun to read, great pictures, thanks Jane for making this subject so easy to understand. Pip, NZ
Oct 2015 to June 2016
Australia inc. QLD, NSW and VIC (maybe TAS too). Lots of Healthy Land, Healthy Pasture, Healthy Horses talks and some HRM riding clinics scheduled.
June 2016 to Oct 2016
Mainly UK, France and possibly other European destinations.
Oct 2016 to June 2017
The Workshops and Clinics page of our Equiculture website is a good place to find out what we are doing and when.
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Learn how to improve your balance so that you feel more secure when riding. This book is the second in this series and it shows you how to increase your balance. It contains 18 lessons for you to follow in your own time.
Learn how to improve your own position so that you ride to the best of your ability. This book is a step by step guide to correcting your own position so that you ride as straight as possible. Your horse will thank you for it!
What a simple way to improve balance, I now teach this method to all of my students, from beginners to advanced. Fiona, Toronto, Canada
I am now much closer to achieving a truly ‘independent seat’. Feeling secure and confident. Bring on the next book! Megan, Cambridge, UK
This book is very easy to follow and has saved me money. My own instructor is great but she does not cover these fundamental basics. Thank you Jane for making it so easy to improve my riding, Jan. Kent, UK
The best book I have ever come across on this so important subject. Easy to read and easy to implement. Jan, South Australia
This book sorted out my problem with ‘wonky’ ankles and I can now ride pain free. Megan, Cambridge, UK
Where have you been all my life Jane? This book should have been written years ago! I would say this book is essential reading for riders and riding coaches alike. Linda, Melbourne, Australia
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Do you really need lessons/instruction
In an ideal world every rider would have regular lessons. If you think that you do not need lessons think again. Even top level riders have regular coaching; in fact they tend to have it very regularly, the better they become. I know everyone is not necessarily aiming to ride at the Olympics but good instruction will help you to ride with more safety and security and will make you a far better ‘passenger’ for your horse. So even if you ‘only’ plan to trail ride (‘hack out’ in the UK) you should still aim to have lessons periodically for the sake of your safety and the welfare of your horse.
Find yourself a good instructor who really understands your concerns. Generally speaking this will be an older instructor who has a lot of experience and can empathise with your situation. Ask around and find out who in your area has a good reputation for dealing with confidence issues. Such instructors can be hard to find but are worth their weight in gold when you do find them. It may be that you go and ride their horses (if they have school horses) and this may mean that you can travel further to them, even stay in their area for a few days to have some intensive lessons (of course you may also be able to do this with your own horse).
Identify what you want to achieve
Attending riding clinics
A riding clinic is where a (usually) travelling instructor Attend as many riding clinics as you can. Initially just go along to watch (fence sit) and when you find someone who you think is going to be good for you then aim to attend with your horse. Have a chat with the clinician (traveling instructor if you like) at one of these initial outings about your situation (before you take your horse). This will give you a good idea about how understanding they are. If they happen to be rather unapproachable (quite rare nowadays) then they are probably not going to be the right person for you anyway so keep looking. There are numerous good clinicians around; it is just a matter of finding them. A common misconception is that clinicians are not interested in ‘ordinary’ riders when in fact most successful clinicians have a client base that is mainly made up of amateur riders. Think about it, there are very few professional riders and many, many more amateur riders. If clinicians insisted on only teaching professionals they would struggle to fill their clinics. It is amateurs that make the horse world go round so don’t think that they will not be interested in teaching you.
Chapter 8 Instructing safely
Good instructors come in all shapes and sizes and from many different backgrounds. Some have formal qualifications and some don’t. It is important that all instructors follow safety procedures whenever teaching to ensure the safety of their students and to protect themselves from potential litigation. Safe procedures include those outlined in this book, and those of relevant codes of practice such as the Code of Practice for the Horse Industry (July 2003) which is administered by the Australian Horse Industry Council. This code of practice can be downloaded from their site www.horsecouncil.org.au.
If you would like to pursue becoming a qualified instructor you can start by contacting one of the following organisations:
The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education (AHSE) runs clinics and assesses people who are already working in the industry as instructors and trail guides. If successful, clients are offered a qualification based on nationally recognised training package units (www.ahse.info)
Training in riding instruction is now part of the Australian Sports Commission’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme, and the Equestrian Federation of Australia (www.efanational.com) offers three levels of accreditation through this scheme.
Australian Horse Riding Centres (AHRC) also offer two qualifications through the Australian Sports Commission’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme: AHRC NCAS Level 1 (Coaching) and AHRC NCAS Level 1 (Trail Ride). The web site, www.horseriding.org.au, has more information.
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