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Understanding Nervousness in Horse and Rider

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780851317472.
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Publication Date: 31 October 1999

Description

First published in 1990 and written with the everyday rider in mind, this popular title has been expanded by various authorities in order to widen both its appeal and usefulness. Moyra Williams was a human psychologist and a keen horsewoman who had a profound interest in equine behaviour and the interaction between horses and humans. Understanding that nervousness in its various manifestations was the chief stumbling block to both human and equine fulfilment, she set out to examine its nature, causes and prevention; her aim was to write a book on the management of fear. Drawing from a broad spectrum of research, which included key scientific studies as well as anecdotal reports from amateur handlers, Moyra produced a highly accessible book to assist the everyday rider with everyday problems. In revising her work, the main body of Moyra’s text has been retained and to that text has been added contributions by, and features on, experts in their own particular fields who have important information for readers with specific interests in areas of horse management or competitive riding. To this end, there are chapters by well known trainer Yogi Breisner on nervousness in jumping, by Roger Ingram on nervousness in racehorses, by Leonie Marshall on the nervous dressage horse, by Melanie Jones-Sparrow on nervousness in breeding stock, plus a feature on initial training techniques as demonstrated by Monty Roberts. Helpful advice on the psychology of the rider is provided by Robert and Beverly Schinke, and Jane Savoie. A lasting memorial to the late Moyra Williams, “Understanding Nervousness in Horse and Rider” will be of help to every rider, whatever their level of expertise or chosen discipline.