Get Ready to Ride: A Powerful Toolkit for Better Horse Riding
What the readers say
"This is a hugely enjoyable and easy read, yet informative book that I encourage all equine enthusiasts to consider reading."
"Riding should be fun, and this book embraces that statement like none other I have read."
"There are many books out there on the subject of riding, and specifically learning to ride, but I was refreshed by the different approach I found in this book."
"Having just finished reading 'Get Ready to Ride' by Yvonne Saar, I find myself (despite the awful weather) bursting with enthusiasm to get in the saddle and put into practice what I have learnt from this fantastic read."
"Few riders would claim to have never experienced fear, yet the subject is one that few books seem to cover in any great detail. 'Get Ready to Ride' devotes an entire chapter to fear, and indeed, the author narrates her own experience and how she overcame her fears."
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Yvonne's thoughts on Get Ready to Ride
How would you describe this book?
An informal, down-the-line, as-it-is, straightforward manual. It has a multi-skills base to encourage riders to think more widely about what is really involved in becoming 'good with horses'. No book on horses can teach you to ride well. What I hope to do is
'open doors on understanding'. So those people who want to take more control of their own learning process are given the tools to do so.
Where did the idea for this book come from?
My early experience teaching horse riding, when I realised that many people were not learning because of a range of things that held them back. At the time, I was on the equestrian career-ladder and discovering I needed to uprate my kinaesthetic
awareness to an extent I previously didn’t know existed. Like many learners, I just loved being with horses. But I didn’t come from a horsey background, and was perplexed by a lot of things that went on in the horse world.
Which part of the book did you enjoy writing most? Why?
The bits that showed people learning in real-life situations with their own horses were the most enjoyable to write and remember.It is a truly wonderful experience to find yourself in a position where you can help someone solve what they believe is an
unsurmountable problem. To share in their achievement is, for me, more satisfying than personal success in competition.
What message would you like to convey to your readers through
It is difficult to be prescriptive, but something on the lines of the introduction to the chapter on technique is apt: we are all capable of far more than we think we are. Holding that thought in mind can power you through – or over! – many obstacles.
I was the dunce of the local Riding Stables. I honestly believe my own experience helped me enormously in empathising with learner-riders’ problems. The message is: If I can do it, change from being the worst rider to winning, the way is open for anyone
else who wants to do so too.
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