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101 Arena Exercises: A Ringside Guide for Horse & Rider

by Cherry Hill

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Since I don't have the luxury of working with a trainer, I tend to muddle through as best I can. Sometimes it's difficult to come up with simple effective exercises on my own, so I do a fair amount of reading. Do I want to get better bending? Better upward and downward transitions? Maybe it's cleaner gait changes, or Sunny's leg yielding is sluggish. This book is one I refer back to when I've set a new goal for myself, or if I'm not feeling the result I want with what I've been trying.

The exercises are laid out in a progression that works, and they start on a very basic level. There's sufficient explanation -- each exercise includes a description and list of uses, and many include notes, cautions, and checks for telling whether you've been successful. There are lots of black and while illustrations to make each step clear, as well.

The physical format also lends itself to practical use -- it's landscape-oriented rather than portrait, and spiralbound, so you can lay it out flat or hang it over a rail without damaging the spine. Although I've never hung mine up using the hole, it is pre-punched like a calendar, so with assistance from a handy nail you could even turn the pages from horseback if you wanted. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 088266316X, Plastic Comb)

Best-selling author Cherry Hill presents classic exercises and original patterns and drills in a unique "read-and-ride" format -- this book can be hung like a calendar or draped over a rail for quick and easy reference in the ring. With exercises such as working walk, canter, two squares, half halt, and flying changes, you'll develop your skills quickly and easily. Suitable for both English and Western riders.

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Exercises -- suitable for both English and Western riders -- progress naturally from simple, basic skills such as the "Working Walk and Jog" to the more advanced "Two Squares" and "Flying Change." Hill presents recognized classic exercises along with her original patterns and maneuvers, offering a wide variety of useful drills for anyone who rides. In addition, 101 Arena Exercises is a valuable workbook for trainers and instructors interested in exploring new teaching methods. --Publisher.… (more)

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