Friday’s Five – Summer reads to transform you into a better rider

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Friday’s Five – Summer reads to transform you into a better rider

Spending an afternoon reading and basking in the beautiful summer weather makes for a relaxing time. Don’t waste your time reading non-horsey books, instead use your reading time to make yourself a better rider. You can learn a huge amount about riding from simply reading quality horsey books, which is also cheaper than spending money on lessons. Enjoy some affordable lessons with the world’s best riders by reading these top books this summer:

 

1) Dressage with Kyra: The Kyra Kyrklund Training Method – This is one of the easiest dressage books to read and you can apply the information from this book in the saddle immediately. I have read my fair share of dressage books and I find many go into a painful level of detail making them hard to follow, but in this book, Kyra explains dressage in a simple and logical fashion. This book outlines a very effective training system, which Kyra has used to produce all of her horses. Her exercises emphasize using the lightest aids possible and if you listen to her advice you will notice a difference in your horse’s training.

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2) The Rider’s Fitness Program: 74 Exercises & 18 Workouts Specifically Designed for the Equestrian – As a rider you spend a lot of time and effort working on keeping your horse physically fit and sound, so why not do the same for yourself? Riders are athletes and we need to be in tip-top shape to perform our best in the saddle. This book provides a six-week fitness program for equestrians with clear instructions and step-by-step photos on how to execute over 70 exercises. Order your copy today and become a true athlete this summer by getting in peak physical condition.

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3) Modern Eventing with Phillip Dutton – The Complete Resource: Training, Conditioning, And Competing… – Many Eventing books on the market are outdated because our sport has changed a great deal over the last decade but this book is completely current. Phillip Dutton has produced more four-star horses than most riders will ever swing their legs over. Learn how Phillip picks out his horses, trains them and manages them on a daily basis. This book is fantastic for new eventers and experienced ones who are looking to expand their knowledge base.

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4) 101 Jumping Exercises for Horse & Rider – A copy of this book should live in every eventer’s tackroom. There are literally 101 jumping exercises in this book that range in difficulty so it is fantastic for riders and horses at every level. All of the exercises include picture diagrams so you understand clearly how to set them up in your arena, plus instructions so you can ride them correctly. Add this book to your collection to make your jump schools extra productive.

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5) Cavalletti: For Dressage and Jumping by Reiner Klimke and Ingrid Klimke – Cavalletti exercises are often underused by eventers but they can work wonders for improving a horse’s athleticism and a rider’s accuracy. Reiner Klimke was one of the most famous dressage riders in history and his daughter, Ingrid, is currently one of the top Eventing riders on the planet and they both endorse cavallettis. Learn which cavalletti exercises Ingrid uses to school her top eventers and practice them with your own mount to take your riding and your horse’s training to the next level.

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