Suggested reading

Further your education outside of the barn with the following books recommended by Tommy.

Ride With Your Mind Essentials

Mary Wanless

This is the 'teach yourself' manual, with the basic building blocks of skilled riding separated out, explained simply, and made about as accessible as they can be. The different strategies needed for different starting points are clearly explained, and common pitfalls are made explicit. Clear drawings illustrate the difference between right and wrong. There are also strategies for helping yourself to learn how to focus your attention and use your brain. Since concentration is the master art this cannot go amiss!

The Classical Seat:
A Guide for the Everyday Rider

Silvia Loch

The essence of classical riding is being "at one" and in tune with the horse. It is not mystical or complex, and is open to all riders who wish to improve their own and their horse's performance. No rider - whatever level they are at - should feel it is beyond them. In "The Classical Seat - a Guide for the Everyday Rider", Sylvia Loch shows how all riders can attain a correct (and hence, safe) classical seat - one that is deep, balanced and sensitive, and gives maximum control.

The Talent Code

Daniel Coyle

What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others. Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.

Reflections on Equestrian Art

Nuno Oliveira

Nuno Oliveira was one of the last of the great international riding masters. He revealed much of his own personality and philosophy in his writing, examining and explaining classical techniques with clarity and brilliance. The book emphasizes lightness and harmony, reflecting a deep love and respect for the horse.

The Horse's Mind

Lucy Rees

A practical book offering new insights into the working of the horse's mind. It explores the reasons behind the horse's natural likes and dislikes, fears and habits, showing how their love for company has led to a sensitive and complicated use of signals. The "bad" behaviour of horses, says the author, is due to misunderstanding on our part, and to their being kept in natural conditions that cause them stress and unhappiness. She offers an approach to training and dealing with "problem" horses that uses the horse's natural behaviour and encourages harmony and great communication between horse and human. This book show anyone can learn to make a horse happier.

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