From the author of the hugely successful titles How Your Horse Moves and Horse Anatomy for Performance, comes a completely different training manual, also based on the Horses Inside Out philosophy: 'Understanding Anatomy Improves Performance and Reduces the Risk of Injury'. Divided into three main parts: Principles of Anatomical Riding and Training; Exercises for Horse and Rider; Troubleshooting, the book contains a wealth of practical tips and exercises broken down into easy to follow, well-illustrated steps showing how riders can improve their riding skills and potential. The author suggests ways to improve horses' physique, posture, flexibility, stability, core strength, performance and movement and how to reduce muscular and movement problems, and reduce the risk of injury. This beautifully illustrated book looks at how to deliver a safe, varied, fun, effective and achievable training programme. It provides all the ingredients for riders to make informed decisions to maximise their own and their horse's potential, gain more enjoyment, satisfaction and improve their skills.
Gillian Higgins is a sports and remedial therapist, equine therapist, rider and BHS senior coach and anatomist. She regularly writes articles for equestrian magazines and is also requested to give quotes as 'ask the expert'. She founded Horses Inside Out, an organisation which gives a fascinating insight into equine locomotion, training and management from an anatomical perspective. Her previous titles include Horse Anatomy for Performance (9781446300961) and How Your Horse Moves (9781446300992).Stephanie Martin is a literacy teacher, author and editor and has worked with Gillian on her previous books.
Acknowledgements Useful Terms Foreword Introduction PART 1: The Principles of Training 1. Principles of Anatomy 2. Skeletal Maturity 3. Principles of Posture 4. Principles of Training 5. Effects of Riding 6. Asymmetry 7. The Gaits PART 2: Exercises for Performance 8. Positioning of the Head and Neck 9. Terrain 10. Collection Exercises 11. Bending Exercises 12. Lateral Exercises 13. Pole Work Exercises 14. Gymnastic Jumping Exercises Index About the Authors