This is a complete encyclopedia of horse breeds. It is a practical training course on how to ride, shown in step-by-step photographs. It is a visual directory of riding equipment. It offers expert advice on choosing and looking after your horse, including stable management, grooming and exercise, health and first aid. It offers guidance on how to ride, from trotting, cantering and galloping to dressage, cross-country and competition riding. It includes an illustrated directory of saddlery and riding equipment for riders of all levels. This book is an invaluable guide to every aspect of horsemanship, with a fully illustrated directory of breeds of the world, step-by-step instructions on how to ride, and information about specialist equipment for both horse and rider. Over 60 breeds of horse and pony are covered, from the more familiar Thoroughbred and Shetland pony to the less well known Nonius and Caspian. Riding instructions cover every stage, from tacking up for the first time to mastering the intricacies of dressage.
The book also includes a directory of equipment, including the saddle, bridle and bit, training aids, horse clothing and protective equipment, and the rider's clothing.
Judith Draper is a freelance equestrian writer and book editor who has been involved with horses all her life. Debby Sly is a talented rider, equestrian journalist and author. Sarah Muir has successfully shown her own horse and competed in dressage, show jumping and horse trials.