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Jump with Joy

Positive Coaching for Horse and Rider

Sarah Blanchard


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If you're intimidated by jumping, get over it

Jumping propels a half-ton horse over an obstacle in a smooth, gravity-defying trajectory. It takes a leap of faith by both you and your horse. Jump with Joy: Positive Coaching for Horse and Rider helps riders of every age safely learn to jump by presenting a natural approach for developing steady, confident riders and horses. Featuring step-by-step exercises, full explanations, and lots of photos and diagrams, this book covers everything from preparing a green horse for the first jump to riding a challenging course in a show ring. Inside you'll find:

  • Details on the mechanics of the jump and how to determine if a particular horse is suited for the job
  • Progressive exercises to help you learn the basics and then master more complex skills
  • Methods that improve balance and strength for both you and your horse
  • Guidelines that cover every discipline and every breed of horse
  • Information on the specialized demands of different competitive events
  • A trouble-shooting guide to help you avoid or fix common problems
  • Lessons that can be adapted for use by riders, coaches, and assistants

Whether you're an eager novice or a more experienced rider, Jump with Joy will help you gain skills and confidence, develop a more rewarding partnership with your horse, and have a lot of fun in the process.

Howell Books, 9780470121405, 230pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2008

About the Author

Sarah Blanchard, author of the bestselling "The Power of Positive Horse Training" (Howell Book House), has over four decades of experience with horses. She is a horsewoman and riding instructor with a special interest in dressage and combined training. A licensed riding instructor, Blanchard is on the board of directors of the Hawaii Isle Dressage and Combined Training Association.