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The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship: Basics for Beginners / D Level, 2nd Edition

The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship: Basics for Beginners / D Level, 2nd Edition

Susan E. Harris

ISBN: 978-1-118-12378-2

Mar 2012

336 pages

Select type: Paperback

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Required reading for every Pony Club Member—now in a valuable new edition

The United States Pony Club (USPC) is among the largest equestrian organizations in the United States, with more than 14,000 members in 600 clubs spread across 49 states, credited with training many current and past Olympic competitors. The USPC Manuals are required reading for every Pony Club Member, and will continue to be required reading into their new editions.

This book is written and illustrated for youngsters who want to learn to ride, especially members of the U.S. Pony Clubs, Inc., who want to meet the USPC's Standards of Proficiency. If you're that youngster, you will be able to read this book on your own. This classic guide will show you how to become a careful, thoughtful rider and how to communicate with and understand your pony. Some sections, however, are meant to be read by an adult (a parent or riding instructor), so you can get the extra help you may need to reach your goals. By the time you have read this book you will know a lot about riding in a ring and in the open; beginning jumping; pony care and handling; safety; having fun and meeting challenges; and much more.

  • New information on critical developments in riding, instruction, and competition
  • The latest research and development in nutrition and veterinary topics
  • Coverage of land conservation and horse health and safety
  • All-new photos and a fully updated look and feel

If you're a beginning rider, parent, or instructor, The United States Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship is a solid source of instruction, regardless of whether or not a Pony Club chapter is within reach.

A Note from the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. vii

A Note to Parents ix

Part I: For Children and Parents: Getting Started Right

1 About Pony Club, Learning to Ride, and Selecting a Pony 3

Part II: Learning to Ride

2 Basic Riding on the Flat 25

3 Learning to Jump: From Ground Poles to Simple Courses 94

4 Out and About with Your Pony 127

Part III: Pony Care and Management

5 Handling, Leading, and Tying Your Pony 145

6 Taking Care of Your Pony 174

7 Nutrition and Condition 199

8 Your Pony’s Feet and Shoeing 214

9 Health Care and Veterinary Knowledge 222

10 Safe Traveling and Trailering 236

Part IV: Pony Knowledge, Tack, and Turnout

11 Pony Talk: Pony Parts, Colors, and Conformation 245

12 Tack 258

13 Dress and Turnout 298

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