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MAKING, NOT BREAKING
The First Year Under Saddle
by Cherry Hill 

hardbound; 245 pages; 150 photos and drawings

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"Whether you are training your own young horse, retraining an older horse, or taking an active interest in the professional training of your horse, this book will help you understand the process better and get greater enjoyment from your riding." - Horses All 

"For experienced horsemen wanting to get inside their horse's heads before getting on their backs, Making Not Breaking provides a practical and philosophical approach to teaching a horse to accept the training process." It offers the intermediate and experienced horseman a thought provoking approach to the training process equally applicable to English and Western disciplines." - Paint Horse Journal 

 

"After you've read How to Think Like a Horse, this book starts just as you are about to put your foot in the stirrup for that first ride. I outline safe first-mounting techniques, detailed lesson guidelines, low stress training methods, bending exercises and transitions, and lateral work, all applicable for both the English and Western horse. I also discuss working with your horse's reflexes, riding out of the arena, and understanding balance, head set, and topline development."     

CONTENTS:

CHAPTER 1 - TRAINING PHILOSOPHIES 

  • Training Defined
  • Behavior
  • When to Start
  • Stages of Training

CHAPTER 2 - TRAINING PRINCIPLES 

  • Behavior Modification
  • Reading a Horse
  • Reflexes
  • Knowing the Aids

CHAPTER 3 - TACK 

  • Western Saddles
  • English Saddles
  • Fitting the Saddle to the Horse
  • Bridles
  • Other Equipment

CHAPTER 4 - REVIEWING THE GROUND RULES 

  • Preparation
  • Safety
  • Review
  • Enhancement of Ground Training

CHAPTER 5 - FORWARD, STRAIGHT, AND STEADY: THE EARLY MOUNTED WORK 

  • Formulating Your Plan
  • Guidelines for a Training Session
  • Training Program
  • The First Month
  • Getting Ready to Mount
  • Mounting
  • The First Ride
  • Second Ride
  • Third Ride
  • Fourth Ride
  • The Balance of the First Month
  • The Second and Third Months
  • Introducing the Leg for Lateral Movement
  • Bending
  • Circles, Half-Turns, Serpentines, Figure Eights
  • Leg Yielding
  • Canter

CHAPTER 6 MOVING ON, RIDING OUT 

  • The Fourth Through the Twelfth Months
  • Contact and Connection
  • Longitudinal Flexion and Balance
  • Advanced Bending
  • Half Halt/Check
  • Collection
  • Relative Straightness
  • Back
  • The Balance of the First Year
  • Introducing the Turn on the Hindquarters
  • Neck Reining and the Indirect Rein
  • Riding with Other Horses
  • Riding Out and Story Problems

CHAPTER 7 PHYSICAL EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT 

  • Conformation Evaluation
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding Anatomy and Movement
  • Progression of Longitudinal Development aka Collection
  • Lateral Development

SUPPLEMENTAL READING 

GLOSSARY


For more information on mounted training see 101 Arena Exercises and Becoming and Effective Rider.

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