Bringing new life to time-tested techniques, this gorgeously illustrated book shows how “in-hand” methods can be used by the modern equestrian to better a horse’s performance in any discipline. Thorough, step-by-step instructions for promoting subtle communication via the handler’s voice, body, and reins will improve the horse’s straightness, suppleness, balance, collection, and understanding of the aids. With its ability to improve communication between participants and instill in the horse lightness and obedience, these methods are the perfect way to start an immature or green horse, safely begin remedial training with a problem animal, confirm movements taught first under saddle, maintain an older horse’s flexibility and balance, and allow those unable to ride a method to continue training and conditioning their horse at the highest level. Specific exercises cover the longe and double-longe lines, long lines, and long and short reins. Featuring patterns that put all the lessons together, the book confirms that in-hand training is the very best way to teach and condition a horse for both serious schooling and recreational pursuit.
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