This title aims to show how the horse's muscles work and explains how this knowledge can be put to good use in riding, whether in competition or for recreation. Using her own careful anatomical drawings, the author studies the skeleton, the action of the muscles, and the role of the nervous system before applying this information to various riding situations. The demands placed on the horse's systems in dressage, jumping, eventing, racing and even polo are all examined, with advice on how good riding practice can help avoid problems. With the knowledge of the horse's anatomy gained in this book, the rider should better understand what is being asked of the horse, and how to achive it with sympathetic riding and horse care, making this a useful manual for all riders.
Sara Wyche is a qualified veterinary surgeon, a horse owner and an accomplished dressage rider. She is a highly experienced practitioner of holistic medicine. Her previous books for Crowood include The Horse Owner's Guide to Holistic Medicine, Understanding the Horse's Legs and the bestselling Understanding the Horse's Back.