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Working the horse from the ground—schooling "in-hand" as it has been known for centuries—has long been an integral part of classical horse training. Now, this gorgeously illustrated book explains in clear, step-by-step lessons how the modern-day horse owner can incorporate classical groundwork in her daily interactions with her equine partner—to both their benefit and enjoyment.
Whether schooling green or young horses; retraining problem horses or those with poor foundations; warming-up advanced mounts prior to workouts; confirming lateral movements on the ground before attempting them on horseback; or supplementing everyday under-saddle exercises, work in-hand provides a wonderful way to advance the horse's education, as well as the standard of communication between horse and handler. Its gradual progression of work on the longe, double-longe, long lines, short reins, and long reins is the perfect addition to the training program that has grown a little stale or boring; the manageable solution to countless problems that commonly arise in daily work with horses; and by definition, an equestrian art form unto itself.
With over 100 color photographs—including many detailed series shots—to demonstrate correct body positioning, and meticulously hand-drawn illustrations to guide you through the often-confusing land of lateral work, Horse Training In-Hand is the first book ever to help shed classical groundwork's mystique while conscientiously preserving its magic. Find out for yourself how schooling in-hand can give your training program a brand new look and feel, forever transforming "workouts" and "schooling sessions" into artistic endeavors that yield breathtaking results.
"Horse Training In-Hand: A Modern Guide to Working from the Ground, by Ellen Schuthof-Lesmeister and Kip Mistral, belongs in the library of any serious classical dressage rider. Theory meets technique in a comprehensible and inviting format, richly illustrated with working photographs and step-by-step tutorials for each lesson"–It is the kind of book that a serious equestrian will use as a reference volume and go back to, time after time, to re-orient themselves with the little details of dressage! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to build a strong foundation, as well as solve problems, with each of the figures of the manege. It belongs in the libraries of the true seekers!"
- Sherry L. Ackerman, Ph.D., author of Dressage in the Fourth Dimension
"Ellen Schuthof-Lesmeister has wonderful horsemanship experience in training horses from the ground up, and she has written down every detail so that anyone who likes to train their own horse from the ground up as a part of dressage training can easily follow along. This very good book is both a great guide for training young, inexperienced horses, and those poor horses which have been ruined by a rider in their past. Of course, only then, as Ellen writes, it can only happen with lots of patience for and love of the horse. I hope this book will be very successful. It is without any question one of the best guide books that I have read about proper ground work."
- Walter A. Zettl, author of Dressage in Harmony