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Equestrian & Horse Riding Books

  • Stable Lass

    Gemma Hoggs

    Product Code: SLAS
    Hardback
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    Gemma Hoggs' Stable Lass is a heartfelt memoir that reveals what it's like to work at one of the country's top racing yards.

    Gemma explains how despite the long hours and low pay, she finds her job incredibly rewarding: she works in the beautiful surroundings of Middleham in Wensleydale and the majesty of the horses makes up for any challenges she faces from humans.

    She talks about the dangers, politics, in-fighting, romances and affairs that exist in the horse riding industry and also opens up about her grief after losing a horse. She also reveals all about the people she deals with - from straight-talking boss Mickey Hammond to millionaire owners and jockeys that starve themselves to lose weight...
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  • Truth or Mare

    Catherine Hapka

    Product Code: BZIOA
    Paperback
    An original novel based on the award-winning (2 Emmys) Netflix show! The riders of Bright Fields Stables are playing a game of Truth or Dare - or rather, Truth or Mare, since the horses are involved, too! All of the riders' fun dares end up on Becky's vlog, which she hopes will make it big. Meanwhile, there's a ghost dog that might be running around Pin's castle - anda treasure to be found. Lots is happening ... but above all, Zoe is beginning to question, is the island where she's supposed to be?
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  • The Girl on the Dancing Horse

    Charlotte Dujardin, CBE

    Product Code: BRGFV
    Paperback
    'Refreshingly honest [...] a highly enjoyable, fascinating read.' Horse and Hound "To ride into that arena, next to a sea of British flags and hear the roar of clapping and cheering, was so exciting. It's a sound I will never, ever forget." Charlotte Dujardin and her charismatic horse Valegro burst onto the international sports scene with their record-breaking performance at the London, 2012 Olympics. The world was captivated by the young woman with the dazzling smile and her dancing horse. But no one quite knew what it took to get there, nor how hard the path to success would be - until now. Dujardin began riding horses at the age of two, but dressage was firmly the domain of the wealthy, not the life of a girl from a middle-class family. Her parents sacrificed all and with a undeterred focus, Charlotte left school at 16 to follow her dream. When she was invited to be a groom for the British Olympian Carl Hester, she began to ride Valegro, a dark bay gelding and an unbreakable bond was formed. This is their incredible story.
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  • The Complete Book of Horses: Breeds, Care, Riding, Saddlery

    Debby Sly

    Product Code: BGXXX
    Hardback
    This book is an invaluable guide to every aspect of horsemanship, with a fully illustrated directory of breeds of the world, step-by-step instructions on how to ride, and information about specialist equipment for both horse and rider. Over 60 breeds of horse and pony are covered, from the more familiar Thoroughbred and Shetland pony to the less well known Nonius and Caspian. Riding instructions cover tacking up for the first time to mastering the intricacies of dressage. The book also includes a directory of equipment, including the saddle, bridle and bit, training aids, horse clothing and protective equipment, and the rider's clothing.
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  • Racing Post Wall Calendar 2020

    David Dew

    Product Code: CBPKE
    Paperback
    Highly popular square-format wall calendar featuring stunning racing photographs. It features one month to view, and includes every race meeting in the UK and Ireland - Jumps, Flat and the All-Weather - colour coded for ease of use. Every month is illustrated with a superb colour photograph by the Racing Post's award-winning photographers.
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  • BHS Complete Horsemanship: Volume 4

    British Horse Society

    Product Code: BXLQC
    Paperback
    Volume 4 of the Complete Horsemanship series provides an in-depth approach to professional horse care and stable management: from an advanced understanding of horse anatomy and physiology, to the skills and knowledge necessary to run a yard. The attention shifts from the development of riding skills, and focuses instead on the more advanced training of the horse, to ultimately allow for the horse and rider combination to be ridden at more advanced competitions. Recommended reading and guidance for the British Horse Society Stage 4 Qualification in horse care, riding, teaching and training.
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  • BHS Complete Horsemanship Volume One

    British Horse Society

    Product Code: BLAFJ
    Paperback
    A great foundation for any aspiring equestrian, providing safe, modern and current foundations to progress from in the equestrian industry. Filled with practical knowledge in horse riding, knowledge and care, the first volume in our foundation series is a must for anyone looking to learn the highest standards of equestrianism from the world leading British Horse Society education team. Recommended reading for the British Horse Society Stage 1 award in horse care and riding for those wishing to start their career in the professional industry.
  • Nimrod: A Cavalry Black

    Juliet Blaxland

    Product Code: AZVDZ
    Paperback
    Meet Nimrod, a typical horse in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. He's big, black and brave, yet steady as a rock. But what's his story, and how is he trained for his special military role? The Household Cavalry is a uniquely British institution, famous around the world for its outstanding pageantry and gallantry on the battle field. Its 250 horses, known as Cavalry Blacks, are central to its existence, and visitors to London flock to see these magnificent horses taking part in ceremonies and routine guarding activities. Little is known about how they are chosen, trained and what their duties - as full members of their regiment - entail. Here in words and pictures Juliet Blaxland fills in the background to their life and work, providing a fascinating insight into the world of the Household Cavalry horse.
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  • Horse Movement

    Gail Williams

    Product Code: AKUMM
    Hardback
    Anatomy is often said to be boring, but nothing could be further from the truth. Anatomy, particularly functional anatomy, is a vital and dynamic subject, an appreciation of which leads not only to superior husbandry and welfare, but also to a better understanding of the anatomical challenges associated with riding, training, overtraining, injury and rehabilitation. Using Alexa McKenna's fabulous illustrations, this book shows the correlation of the skeleton, muscular system and locomotion, providing a clear insight into the functional and dysfunctional horse. It also addresses the largely misunderstood concept of 'perfect conformation'and looks at the effect on function of the rider and tack, using cutting-edge diagnostic techniques such as thermal imaging and gait analysis. Again with the emphasis on the visual, readers will be able to appreciate how muscles function in differing athletic disciplines by analysing the heat generated in musculoskeletal structures after exercise. This will also highlight the importance of post-competition recovery. The book concludes with a range of useful techniques to improve the function of any horse, including stretches, taping, wrapping and other proprioceptive techniques to increase balance, flexibility, awareness and posture.
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  • BHS Stage 1 Study Guide

    Julie Brega

    Product Code: ABLMU
    Paperback
    This is the first volume in a series of course books for career students and exam candidates preparing for the Stage 1 exam of the British Horse Society. Visuall 'open' style - not heavy on text. Large (A4) format. Examination planner at the front - space for reader to insert exam date and make notes re their exam preparation. In-text self-assessment questions, with answers provided at the rear of the book. Alongside the relevant text, BHS syllabus checklist appropriate to each element - reader can tick off when they are competent, or, better still, get their trainer/mentor to sign off. Reader aims to get everything ticked off before taking exam. Examination tips throughout from BHS examiners including common mistakes made. Deals with the stable management syllabus and the ridden elements of the test. To be launched alongside the BHS Stage 2 Study Guide.
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  • Enable

    Andrew Pennington

    Product Code: CBZAT
    Hardback
    A modern-day racing heroine, a queen of the turf, Enable stirred the emotions of fans like few before her. Any weather, any racecourse, and any opposition could be overcome; her achievements are unique. This is a story that had to be told and one that has been told through the lens of the Racing Post - its best writers, most astute analysts and unrivalled photographers all play a part. Discover how Enable's masterful trainer John Gosden managed her from beginning to end. On the racecourse, there was never a wrong turn. Setbacks are inevitable with a beast as fragile as the thoroughbred but Gosden was precise in his handling, and as a consequence Enable always delivered when it mattered most. Of course, her story is incomplete without the one-off in the saddle. Frankie Dettori, rider of so many household names, was moved to tears at York on her last racecourse appearance in Britain. He knew he would never ride another horse like Enable. She meant something more to him, something different. Enable will forever hold a special place in Frankie's heart, as she will for all those who saw her race.
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  • Racing Post Pocket Diary 2020

    Letts FLB

    Product Code: CBIVA
    Paperback
    Popular pocket diary featuring one week to view with every race meeting in the UK and Ireland - Jumps, Flat and the All-Weather - as well as major sporting fixtures. Also includes a wealth of racing statistics including a list of big race winners for the past ten years, principal race dates and details of all the racecourses in Britain and Ireland. There are also 12 pages of UK maps plus an underground and National Rail map.
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  • Four Legs Move My Soul

    Isabell Werth (Dressage Olympi

    Product Code: CCAMT
    Paperback
    With six olympic medals, Werth is one of the most successful horsewomen in the world. Get the inside scoop on Werth's accomplishments and failures. Discover Werth's special and unique relationship with her horses.
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  • Physical Therapy for Horses

    Helle Katrine Kleven

    Product Code: BZPIS
    Hardback
    In recent decades, knowledge in the field of equine physical therapy has accrued as different types of bodywork have steadily gained acceptance in the horse world. An understanding of anatomy and biomechanics, and a grasp of the variable options available to both keep the active equine healthy and rehabilitate following an injury or layoff have become integral aspects of general horse health management. Equine physical therapy expert Helle Katrine Kleven understands the need for a reference that supports the horse owner as she strives to keep her horse sound in body and mind, and at the top of his game. In this highly illustrated book, she begins with a comprehensible introduction to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, as well as an instructive conversation covering biomechanics basics, then explores the major areas of therapy in detail. Readers will find practical how-to guidance in the most popular therapeutic modalities, as well as cutting-edge alternatives that are currently gaining ground: fascia work, stretching, massage, stability and strengthening exercises, laser therapy, kinesiotaping, and much more. With this incredible course in preventive and rehabilitative techniques, horse owners and professionals will be thoroughly prepared to ensure their horses' comfort and well-being.
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  • Tiger Roll

    Andrew Pennington

    Product Code: CBIER
    Hardback
    Once a year the public fix their gaze and risk pounds or pence on a race that better than any other reminds us of the grace and courage of the jumps racehorse. The racehorse could have no finer ambassador than Tiger Roll. There is not much of him but he makes every bit count, just as Red Rum did. He was an icon of the turf. So is Tiger Roll. He is this generation's Red Rum and now merits being ranked among the all-time greats of the sport. A horse who wins two Grand Nationals and four times at the Cheltenham Festival deserves nothing less. Horseracing's best writers tell the Tiger Roll tale, a story of overachievement, a story of exceeding expectations, a story of a little legend.
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  • Basic Training of the Young Horse

    Ingrid Klimke

    Product Code: CBGFA
    Hardback
    Over thirty years after the first publication of Reiner Klimke's classic work comes this new fourth edition, with completely new photos and updated by his daughter, Ingrid. Based on sound practical and theoretical advice, this instructional handbook gives advice on establishing a specific training plan for recreational riders as well as competition riders to enable them to train their young horses successfully. Every aspect of the education of a young horse is covered, including: basic education and handling from foalhood; lungeing and free-schooling; backing and training under saddle; developing impulsion from suppleness; assessing and improving basic gaits; cavalletti work; jumping training; cross-country training and, finally, preparing for the first competition.
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  • RFO Jumps Racing Guide 2019-2020

    Nicholas Watts

    Product Code: CAZIW
    Paperback
    Racing & Football Outlook's guide to the 2019-2020 National Hunt season is essential reading for all jumps racing fans. The book features interviews with top trainers who profile their horses; detailed results of the previous season; profiles of the RFO's horses to follow; top trainers, jockeys and owners for the new season; a racecourse guide; reports from the training regions; plus top RFO punters Richard Birch, Tom Park and Steffan Edwards give their view on the season ahead.
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  • The Grand National

    Anne Holland

    Product Code: CAXBG
    Hardback
    Every year the Grand National produces very different stories from jockeys and horses alike; uplifting scenes from a victor and heartbreak when a mere inch divides the loser from the winner at the end of nearly four-and-a-half miles and 30 challenging fences. The race has evolved over the years but there is one constant: luck, or the lack of it. How fitting, then, that in 1839 the first winner was named Lottery. Back then, huge crowds rode to Aintree by horseback, in carriages, carts or on foot. Hotels were so full that some slept four guests to a bed. Today the Grand National is probably the world's most famous horse race, with a global television audience of some 600 million in 140 countries. Anne Holland's richly informed book focuses on the race's various record-breakers, rather than being a purely chronological history. In this greatest of all steeplechases, many records have stood the test of time. It is still jockey George Stevens from the 19th century who has ridden the most winners - five. In 2019, Tiger Roll's second consecutive victory was the first time that the feat had been achieved since Red Rum in 1973-74, and before that, Reynoldstown in 1935-36. Throughout its vivid history, many people have been opposed to the Grand National, claiming it to be dangerous. During the 21st century the famous fences have been modified, the drop at Becher's Brook reduced, and the landing levelled. All this has led to a laudable reduction in injuries. The Grand National continues to provide men, women and diverse thoroughbred horses with a true test of skill, bravery and perseverance. Anne Holland's authoritative history celebrates one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles.
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  • Faraway Horses

    Buck Brannaman

    Product Code: BZJKZ
    Paperback
    The Faraway Horses, which was the inspiration for the Sundance Film Festival's award-winning documentary Buck in 2011, is Buck Brannaman's richly textured and stunning account of his life from an abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life "horse-whisperer," Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses--and people--with his understanding, compassion, and respect. A truly American story about a cowboy and sage, The Faraway Horses tells the tale of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary man. At heart, this rich and rewarding memoir is a roadmap for living a harmonious and honorable existence among horses and humans. This updated edition features a new foreword and introduction.
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  • Believe

    Buck Brannaman

    Product Code: BZJJT
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    Master horseman Buck Brannaman, the real-life Horse Whisperer, continues the chronicle of his life as trainer and mentor in Believe, where we meet thirteen remarkable people whose lives he has affected. Through their accounts of help and healing and through Brannaman's own introductions, the reader is inspired by the hope and confidence that he instilled in these individuals. This updated edition includes a new foreword, introduction, and account by one of Brannaman's longtime observers.
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  • Storey's Guide to Training Horses, 3rd Edition

    Heather Smith Thomas

    Product Code: BYNEQ
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    Storey's Guide to Training Horses is a one-stop reference for every aspect of horse training, including a complete program for turning a shy and gangly foal into a calm, confident, well-balanced equine partner. Now with full-colour photography, the third edition includes step-by-step guidance on all the essential training procedures for both English- and Western-style riding, including haltering and leading, saddling and mounting, and addresses the finer points of gaits, lightness, and collection. Best-selling author Heather Smith Thomas draws on her decades of equestrian experience to anticipate every situation that might arise and provide answers to addressing all the potential challenges of training different types of horses.
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  • The Lucky Thirteen

    Edward Bowen

    Product Code: BXWWM
    Hardback
    In more than a century of American Thoroughbred racing, only thirteen horses have won the Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, all won in the same season). Veteran turf writer and racing historian Edward L. Bowen takes us through the rich history of one of the most formidable and exciting challenges in all of sport. Bowen covers the trainers, owners, and jockeys who etched their names into the annals of thoroughbred racing, and the "lucky thirteen" who captured all three jewels of the Triple Crown, racing's most prestigious prize.
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  • BHS Riding Out

    British Horse Society

    Product Code: BXLQB
    Paperback
    Riding Out provides support, training and advice to ride leaders who are taking hacks out or for trek leaders taking out longer rides. This book explores alternative tack for riding out, considering western tack and endurance tack and how it is used appropriately for the safety and the comfort of rider and the horse. The book extensively addresses the horse care, stable and yard managements and well as exploring alternative tack for riding out, considering western tack and endurance tack and how it is used appropriately for the safety and the comfort of rider and the horse.
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  • Rough Magic

    Lara Prior-Palmer

    Product Code: BXJDA
    Hardback
    '[Prior-Palmer's] gorgeous, sensual depiction of this race is a literary marvel; it feels like you are riding alongside her across the desolate steppes; her verbal acuity makes vivid the most elusive of landscapes; her triumph becomes ours' NYLON The Mongol Derby is the world's toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride 25 horses across a distance of 1000km. Many riders don't make it to the finish line. In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer - nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown - decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she found she had nothing to lose, and tore through the field with her motley crew of horses. In one of the Derby's most unexpected results, she became the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the race. A tale of adventure, fortitude and poetry, Rough Magic is the extraordinary story of one young woman's encounter with oblivion, and herself.
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