First Riding Lessons

First Riding Lessons

by Sandy Ransford, Bob Langrish


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This book shows young riders how to approach and ride a horse or pony. The beautifully illustrated pages are full of information about everything from basic riding skills to learning to canter and gallop. Detailed, step-by-step instructions guide the reader through basic tasks, such as saddling up, to more advanced riding moves such as changing gait. This book will give children the information they need to enjoy riding the horse or pony they love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753454541
Publisher: Kingfisher
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Series: Riding Club Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 9.09(w) x 10.76(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Sandy Ransford has over 30 books for children to her credit. These include titles on horses and riding, dogs, fashion for kids, and conservation - as well as many activity, game and puzzle books. She is the author of all of the books in the Kingfisher Riding Club series - First Riding Lessons, Horses & Ponies, Horse & Pony Breeds, and Horse & Pony Care - as well as Horse & Pony Factfile.

Bob Langrish has been the sole photographer for about 60 equestrian books. He lives in the center of horse country in the Cotswolds, England.

Table of Contents

Before you start4
Why take riding lessons?5
Where to take riding lessons6
Clothes to wear for riding8
Types of ponies10
A pony's tack12
Saddles and girths13
Bridles and bits14
Saddling up16
Putting on a bridle18
Western tack20
First lessons22
Meeting your pony23
Getting to know a pony24
How to sit in the saddle30
The aids32
On the lunge or lead line rein34
On your own36
Turning left and right38
Learning to trot40
Western riding44
In the arena46
Riding in a group47
Exercises in the arena48
Without stirrups and reins50
Exercises in the saddle52
Your first jumping lessons54
Looking forward56
Road safety57
Trail riding58
Ready to move on60

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