• Horseback Riding: The Complete Beginner's Guide

  • All You Need to Know About Horseback Riding Before You Take Lessons!
  • By: Charlie Hicks
  • Narrated by: Larry Peterson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the horse riding world, your success is determined by how well you can control, understand, and harmonize with a 1,000+ pound animal that has superior strength, is faster, and has a better-developed nervous system than you. The way you overcome these strengths in a horse is to understand what the horse’s limitations are.

I can only assume that you are serious about horseback riding and want to start out the right way. You’ll hear me throughout this book talk about safety, safety, safety! You can never be too safe while being around these huge animals! We’ll discuss the safety issue in depth at different points in the book.

I know you must have lots of questions - that’s why have I prepared this book: to help anyone of any age to learn all the basics of horseback riding prior to getting on a horse for the first time. There are many things you need to understand before mounting and riding. This book will take you item by item through all of these critical concepts to help you understand how a horse thinks, how he’s made, his physical characteristics, etc. 

You will also have to prepare yourself both physically and mentally. Riding horses is like no other sport - how well you do in that sport is pretty much determined by what you can do physically. How much speed, strength, finesse, and coordination you can develop determines how well you’ll do. But when riding, you now have a partner - the horse - who has a mind of his own. Success depends on you working together as a team.

Understanding the horse’s body, what makes him tick, and how the his brain works is the key to controlling him. If you don’t figure this out and understand how the horse thinks, then you’ll constantly be fighting him and your experience will go sour. 

Let's get started!

©2006 Charles Hicks (P)2021 Charles Hicks

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  • 03-26-21

Sure-fire advice for all levels!

I found this really easy to burn through in one sitting - it flows well and the narrator is super smooth! Definitely a great resource to revisit over time and full of practical applications. Makes me want to go riding!

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Awesome Book for a horseback riding newbie!

This book is a basic and a thorough book on horseback riding and horse ownership. If you are considering not only learning to ride a horse but owning a horse this book gives you many details you may not have thought about. I wish I had had this book before I ever learned to ride. Like many other disciplines, there are alot of tips and tricks to know before riding. The book is evenly paced and easy to understand. A great basic handbook!

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Incredible Content!

This is an excellent title with very comprehensive information. Such a great place to start for beginning riders, and everything is very easy to understand! Love this book and would definitely share with others!

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A Perfect Place to Start

This book does an incredible job of answering all the beginner horse questions that you are too embarrassed to ask or people just expect you to know. Super approachable, super easy listen. This book is short but doesn’t skip over anything. Definitely worth picking up if you’re interested in riding or want to know where to start learning about horses.

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Great book

I really like this book. We have two rescue horses and when we acquired them we knew nothing about horses but they needed a home and we had a barn and a pasture. This book is very informative and helped us understand the horses better. It is well written and I especially like the narration. I would recommend it without hesitation.