George H. Morris Teaches Beginners to Ride: A Clinic for Instructors, Parents, and Students  by George H. Morris

George H. Morris Teaches Beginners to Ride: A Clinic for Instructors, Parents, and Students by George H. Morris

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Published in 1981 and out of print for more than a dozen years, George H. Morris Teaches Beginners to Ride is an entry-level introduction to hunter-seat riding, from the novice's first lesson up to fundamentals of jumping.
George H. Morris, hunter-seat equitation and show jumping's preeminent trainer and commentator, offers advice about a range of relevant subjects, including how to select a riding facility and instructor, correct clothing, ponies versus horses, individual versus group lessons, and student and instructor attitudes toward lessons and learning.
At the heart of the book is Morris's noted system of exercises that develop form and control on the flat and over fences, a system that has produced generations of champions from backyard horse shows all the way to the Olympics.
As the author suggests, the foundation of success in anything is just that - a strong foundation and solid basics. "I like to say that I teach basics all the way to the Olympics. Without a firm grasp of the essentials of form and function, a rider cannot excel at any level."
With a new introduction to this edition and with 137 step-by-step photographs that illustrate Morris's system, this clinic for students, parents, and instructors is required reading for aspiring riders and their trainers.