Okay, how am I to know which horse riding book will suit you personally?
With the incredible choice of horse riding books available, I’d be pretty dumb to pretend I could find your ultimate title, and I’m not even going to try.
What I am going to do, however, is discuss which type of book will work best for you. The rest is up to you.
The Problem with Horse Lovers
Most of us with an all-consuming hobby tend to go wild collecting ‘stuff’ connected with it. Horse people are no different: we are chronically unable to walk into a saddlery store, open an equestrian catalog or visit a horse equipment website without discovering something that our horses ‘desperately need.’
All our money gets diverted into this equine passion, and high on the list of ‘must haves’ are books on horses and riding. After all, a horse riding book is educational, and that’s a good thing, isn’t it?
Level of Riding Education
No one’s going to argue with such flawless logic (!), but the question now becomes ‘just how much education is useful at any given time?’
We riders are big dreamers. Dreaming is important – it keeps us striving to improve and prevents us from getting complacent.
If you’re a beginner rider, it’s fine to look at books by top dressage riders discussing the finer points of the piaffe and how much outside rein to use in canter pirouettes. But ask yourself whether such publications will improve your riding?
It’s better to buy a book explaining the basics of riding, to give you the foundation you need for more advanced horsemanship in whatever area you later choose to excel.
Here’s One I Prepared Earlier..
An example is my inexpensive ebook Horse Riding Lessons: Teaching Yourself to Ride. It has a simple formula: six basic riding lessons which teach you the fundamentals of riding. The book is full of illustrations and has an accompanying video following the book’s format and reinforcing its principles.
This is one of the many riding books available to you. Just check out the contents of any book you consider buying, to be sure its instructions are right for your current riding level.
That way you’ll be able to justify the expense of another piece of horse ‘stuff’!