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Equine Fitness

A Conditioning Program of Exercises & Routines for Your Horse

Author: Jec Aristotle Ballou

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603424636

Category: Medical

Page: 135

View: 1762

Includes illustrated exercises and routines for horses of very age, ability and discipline, with conditioning aimed at improving soundness, stamina, longevity and quality of motion, in a book geared toward all types of riders, from backyard horse owners to competitive show riders. Original.

The Rider's Fitness Program

74 Exercises & 18 Workouts Specifically Designed for the Equestrian

Author: Dianna Robin Dennis,John J. McCully,Paul M. Juris

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1580175422

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 214

View: 2192

Here is the perfect book for beginning riders who are using muscles they never knew they had before, advanced riders who want to stay in top form (especially as they get older), and weather-bound riders who want to be fit when spring arrives. The Rider's Fitness Program details a fun and effective six-week program that strengthens the muscles riders use while improving overall balance, flexibility, and coordination. The book features more than 85 exercises designed to help new riders get over the aches and pains of getting started and experienced riders hone their skills and technique and prevent injuries. The routines are flexible, so you can customize the workout you need for jumping, dressage, reining, endurance, polo, or rodeo. The exercises are accompanied by step-by-step photographs that demonstrate how to perform each action properly (with an emphasis on safety). They progress from basic to advanced and are suitable for riders at all fitness levels. The authors also include fundamental information on diet, general health and safety, and clothing and equipment.

Getting Horses Fit

Author: Carolyn Henderson

Publisher: J. A. Allen, Limited

ISBN: 9780851318974

Category: Nature

Page: 228

View: 3563

For a horse or pony to perform well - whether that be in eventing, endurance, show jumping, reining or any other of the myriad disciplines within the modern equestrian world - he has to be fit for the job. Fitness is vital whether you aim to compete at international level or local weekend competitions, because a fit horse will stand a better chance of staying sound, both physically and mentally, and will have a longer and more active life. The same criteria apply if you choose not to compete but to ride purely for pleasure. The happy hacker or trail mount is still a working animal and needs to be prepared and maintained accordingly. After all, a Formula One racing car and a weekend run-around both need correct fuel and to be kept in good working order. In "Getting Horses Fit", Carolyn Henderson, with the assistance of competitors, equine science experts and experienced owners, explains what fitness means and how to achieve it, enabling owners to work out an individual fitness programme suitable for their own horse, whatever their level of activity. The topics include: assessing your horse; health and condition; disciplines and their demands; feeding for fitness; environment management; building strength and suppleness; interval training; tack and equipment; travelling and competing; lungeing and long-reining; poles and gridwork; hands-on techniques; and diet and fitness for riders and the mental approach.

4-H Guide to Training Horses

Author: Nathan Bowers

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 1616732202

Category: Pets

Page: 176

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Training a horse is one of the biggest challenges a 4-H’r (or any animal lover, for that matter) can take on, and one of the most rewarding. This step-by-step illustrated guide offers the first-time horse trainer straightforward instructions for getting started with a foal, a yearling, or an older horse. With expert advice on safety and equine care, the guide covers the basics of establishing trust and authority, training with a bit, training to drive, training to allow riders, achieving different gaits, reaching definite goals, and breaking an old horse of bad habits. Whether you’re a 4-H’r taking up the project of a lifetime, or someone simply interested in training a horse, this book provides all the information you need to get started--and to succeed.

Kinesiology Taping for Horses

The Complete Guide to Taping for Equine Health, Fitness and Performance

Author: Katja Bredlau-Morich

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781570768613

Category: Acutaping

Page: 144

View: 5574

Kinesiology taping on human athletes is all the rage: widely used by physical therapists, chiropractors, and personal trainers, we see it on Olympians, runners, basketball players—on amateurs and professionals. The idea behind taping is that it provides incredible support and stabilization of ligaments and tendons while simultaneously stretching and flexing like a "second skin" to allow full range of motion. It can also activate or relax muscles, depending on its application. Our equine athletes can benefit hugely from taping techniques, and this terrific guidebook provides the ultimate reference for understanding both the uses of kinesiology tape and its numerous applications. With hundreds of color photographs and step-by-step instructions for the do-it-yourselfer, equine physiotherapist Katja Bredlau-Morich explains the following forms of kinesiology taping: Muscle - Lymphatic - Scar - Fascia - Space - Hematoma - Stabilization - Tendon - Cross In addition, numerous case studies demonstrate how taping can change your horse's life, keeping him pain-free and performing his best for years to come.

Equine exercise physiology

Author: David Marlin,K. J. Nankervis

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780632055524

Category: Medical

Page: 296

View: 6219

Equine exercise physiology is an area that has been subject to major scientific advances over the last 30 years, largely due to the increased availability of high-speed treadmills and techniques for recording physiological function during exercise. Despite the scientific advances, many riders and trainers are still using little more than experience and intuition to train their horses. The aim of this book is to sort the fact from the fiction for the benefit of those involved in training, managing or working with horses, and to provide an up-to-date summary of the state of play in equine exercise physiology. Scientific theories are explained from first principles, with the assumption that the reader has no previous scientific background. The book is designed to save competitors and trainers a lot of time and effort trying to extract information in piecemeal fashion from a host of reference sources. For the first time, everything you need to know about exercising and training horses is here in one text.

The Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book

Ensure Soundness and Comfort with Back Analysis and Correct Use of Saddles and Pads

Author: Joyce Harman

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books

ISBN: 1570768935

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 218

View: 7469

When your horse suddenly develops a performance problem or a bad attitude and neither seem to be remedied by new training techniques or medical care, you often face months—even years—of frustration and career limitation. Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and respected saddle-fitting expert, states that 75 percent of horses with such issues are simply reacting to pain caused by ill-fitting saddles. And, as she explains in this thorough and highly illustrated book, poor saddle fit can be corrected with patience and know-how.

Where Does My Horse Hurt?

A Hands-On Guide to Evaluating Pain and Dysfunction Using Chiropractic Methods

Author: Renee Tucker

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books

ISBN: 157076879X

Category: Medical

Page: N.A

View: 9831

Keep your horse pain-free and performing his best! Introducing 27 simple body checkups you can do on your horse—Where Does My Horse Hurt? is a do-it-yourself method for determining when and where your horse hurts. With this easy-to-follow book, conveniently spiral-bound so you can lay it open on your tack trunk and follow the instructions as you work on your horse, you will: • Become familiar with your horse's normal range of movement so you can prevent minor issues from becoming major. • Stay in tune with areas of temporary or chronic discomfort so you can offer relief as needed. • Solve "mystery" or "phantom" lamenesses that come and go seemingly without reason. • Save thousands of dollars by avoiding expensive diagnostics that rarely get you answers. • Learn how to discuss potential problem areas with farriers, veterinarians, and bodyworkers. • Keep your horse actively and happily "in work" for more months of the year, and more years of his life.

How to Think Like a Horse

The Essential Handbook for Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do

Author: Cherry Hill

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 160342802X

Category: Pets

Page: 192

View: 4080

In this fascinating best seller, Cherry Hill explores the way horses think and how it affects their behavior. Explaining why certain smells and sounds appeal to your horse’s sensibility and what sets off his sudden movements, Hill stresses how recognizing the thought processes behind your horse’s actions can help you communicate effectively and develop a trusting relationship based on mutual respect.

Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse

Author: Jean-Marie Denoix

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 184076192X

Category: Medical

Page: 192

View: 1002

Effective horse trainers strive to improve the performance of their horses while preserving the integrity of the musculoskeletal apparatus. Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse supplies an anatomical and functional overview of the topic, enabling trainers to optimize the different exercises their horses undergo during training and competition. Following a brief description of the biomechanics of the muscles underlying equine movement, the book discusses the muscles of the forelimb, hindlimb, and neck and trunk. These fundamentals have direct bearing on the later chapters, which focus on training and the core exercises for a horse. This text is illustrated throughout by the author’s top-quality photographs, diagrams, and his own beautiful anatomical drawings. The book is of lasting value to all professionals and well-informed amateurs who work with horses: veterinarians, trainers and riders, researchers, physical therapists, and educators in equine courses.

Stretch Exercises for Your Horse

The Path to Perfect Suppleness

Author: Karin Blignault

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

ISBN: 9781570766657

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

View: 5575

The controlled stretching of muscles has been an integral part of the training of human athletes for many years, and scientific studies and results in the field have both proven beyond doubt the value of stretch exercise in improving performance and guarding against injury. Active stretching both before and after exercise helps tone the muscles and ensure a good range of movement, and no professional athlete would ever expect to perform at full potential without it—yet riders ask their horses to do so all the time. Following extensive research into the subject, occupational therapist and equestrian trainer Karin Blignault has written this innovative and thought-provoking book to show how the principles so long applied to human athletes can also be applied to the horse to prevent injury, alleviate pain, and improve performance. Blignault thoroughly explains the basic anatomy and physiology of muscles and their associated tissues, how muscles work together in groups, and which exercises benefit which muscles. The individual exercises are explained in detail, with clear, specific instructions designed to ensure that they are carried out with no risk of injury to horse or human. Stretch Exercises for Your Horse will be of great interest to all owners and trainers of sport horses, and, indeed, to all those who wish to contribute to the constructive development of the horses they ride.

Improve Your Horse's Well-being

A Step-by-step Guide to TTouch and TTeam Training

Author: Linda Tellington-Jones

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Pub

ISBN: 9781570761331

Category: Pets

Page: 64

View: 4200

Explains how to increase relaxation and awareness and overcome behavioral problems in horses by using massage and exercise techniques.

The Literature of Animal Science and Health

Author: Wallace C. Olsen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 404

View: 7285

The third of a seven-volume series, The Literature of the Agricultural Sciences, this book analyzes the trends in published literature of animal science and health during the past century with emphasis on the past forty years. It uses citation analysis and other bibliometric techniques to identify the most important journals, report series, and monographs for the developed countries as well as those in the Third World.

Posture and Performance

Riding and Training from the Anatomical Perspective

Author: Gillian Higgins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781921966965

Category:

Page: 160

View: 9351

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.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Horseback Riding

Author: Jessica Jahiel

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780028639338

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 344

View: 4383

Provides basic information on different styles of riding, such as Western, English, and trail; and discusses caring for horses, staying mentally and physically fit, and entering competitions.

Horse and Rider Fitness

The Essential Guide for All Riders

Author: Linda Purves

Publisher: Kenilworth Press

ISBN: 9781872119960

Category: Pets

Page: 182

View: 9882

This is the definitive guide on fitness training for both horse and rider - without the use of a gym. Linda Purves gives a wealth of practical, effective, sport-specific exercises designed to take both horse and rider from fat to fit and from out of condition to competition ready.

American Farriers' Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Horseshoeing

Page: N.A

View: 3211

Includes American Farriar's Association newsletter.

Getting in TTouch with Your Horse

how to assess and influence personality, potential, and performance

Author: Linda Tellington-Jones

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books

ISBN: 1570765669

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 198

View: 6212

Helping riders develop a deeper understanding of their animals, this newly revised guide reveals how horses' physical traits—from the muzzle, mouth, lips, and nostrils to the eyes, ears, chin, and facial swirls—can influence their behavior and personalities. Offering new profiles, personality evaluations, and helpful photographs to aid the process, the first of three sections teaches owners how to evaluate their horse's character and equine personality based on more than a dozen physical traits. A second section focuses on how health helps determine if the horse's personality has been adversely affected by stress or pain caused by poor nutrition, inadequate living conditions, or a mismatched riding discipline. The final section teaches how to bring out the best in one's equine friends, explaining techniques known as the Clouded Leopard, the Raccoon, and the Flick of the Bear's Paw, among others—all of which encourage bonding with horses to influence their personalities in a positive way for both horse and rider.

Horses: A Guide to Selection, Care, and Enjoyment

Author: J. Warren Evans

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1429934581

Category: Pets

Page: 717

View: 6336

For almost twenty years, Horses has been the definitive horse care manual, an indispensable reference for anyone who shows, races, breeds, or rides horses. Now Horses is available for the first time in paperback in a completely revised and updated new edition, offering all the latest information necessary for the competent care and recreational use of horses today. It covers every vital phase of buying, managing, enjoying, and raising horses and features a wealth of illustrations and photo sequences showing step-by-step management procedures, as well as more technical information for advanced owners. The Third Edition also reflects recent findings in health care and research, and includes * A new chapter on business practices in the horse industry * Current recommendations for internal parasite control * Information on equine assisted therapy * Linebreeding, the Dosage Index, and the Rasmussen Factor * Recent information on coat color inheritance * The physiology of conditioning performance horses * The practical use of behavior for training Comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible, Horses, Third Edition is an essential reference book for anyone who cares for a horse, from novice to experienced owner.

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