The book includes everything the new rider needs to know, from where to ride and what to wear, to early lessons, hacking out and even competing. Topics covered include: how to behave around horses, with an understanding of their basic nature; mounting - getting on and off; basic position in the saddle and how to hold the reins; how to stop, go and steer; walk, trot (rising/sitting) and canter; the jumping position and polework; how to hold a whip, changing from left to right; the value of lungeing; hacking, opening gates, galloping, road work, coping with traffic; and riding etiquette.
"Everything the new rider needs to know, from where to ride and what to wear, to early lessons, hacking out and even competing" Horse & Country Magazine Whether you are new to riding or have returned to the saddle after a break and want to pick up some handy tips, you will find this book a useful read. It is packed with effective, easy to understand advice designed to improve your knowledge and enhance your riding technique in no time. Clear photos and diagrams back up the text, making learning fun and straightforward. Flatwork and basic jumping is covered, as well as how to behave around horses and riding etiquette. Riding: A Beginner's Guide is sure to inspire you to get more from your lessons and your time in the saddle. Horse
Stephanie Bateman is an experienced equestrian journalist, rider and horse owner. She is the co-author of All About the Appaloosa (J. A. Allen). She lives near Wolverhampton. Stef Eardley is a freelance trainer and dressage rider competing at Grand Prix level. She has a Masters in Equine Science and is a BHSII. She is an associate coach at Hartpury College - one of the biggest equestrian centres in Europe. She is a listed British Dressage trainer and International Para dressage trainer - having trained riders for Great Britain and Hong Kong at many events around the world including Beijing 2008. She lives in Gloucestershire.