Horses and riders work in partnership to put on an awe-inspiring show for spectators. But, behind the scenes is a lot of practice, resilience and perseverance. These are the best equine-inspired reading materials to help riders get started on their journey towards the perfect ride. There are many awe-inspiring things to behold in the world of horses, from their majestic speed to their graceful agility, but one of the most beautiful is the synchronicity between a horse and a rider. The symbiotic relationship requires both sides to be in balance, but it’s not easy, especially for beginners.

This book provides a step-by-step guide to the basics of riding and training. From a master equestrian, this is the ultimate guide to the art of riding. It illustrates the underlying theory and the practical application of standard riding techniques with spectacular, photographic sequences. Using an innovative technique, the book reveals how to achieve the correct and harmonious contact between horse and rider. Designed to help riders of all levels improve their dressage and riding skills, this book features expert instruction from the world-renowned German master dressage rider and trainer Klaus Reinhardt. Featuring detailed photographs and illustrations of correct riding technique, the book teaches readers how to train their horse for supple collection, piaffe, passage, shoulder-in and levade.

This is the first time that all of the early writings of a major master of classical equestrian art have been published in English. Nuno Oliveira was a unique, innovative and profoundly skilled instructor and horseman with an enormous intellectual and emotional maturity. His great genius was his comprehensive synthesis of the different and opposing teachings of the old French masters such as de la Gueriniere and Francois Baucher, and his unwavering pragmatism that let him find the most suitable method for working on a particular problem with a specific horse at a given time. If you have caught the ‘horse bug’, this is a must read! This guide helps beginner riders understand the differences between English and Western riding styles, learn the basic equestrian discipline of hunt seat equitation, and much more. There are few things more exhilarating than a fast, powerful trot. But to ride a powerful and well-trained trot, you need more than just the right horse and good leg position.

You need a good understanding of the biomechanical and neurological principles that govern the way a trot is produced, as explained in this classic book by a master horseman. If you are looking for a practical, hands-on guide to the art of a successful rider-training partnership, this is the book for you! Written by a leading hunt seat equitation coach, this guide is an essential read for anyone who wants to develop the right ridden seat for the horse and thereby increase their athleticism and power. Written in a highly accessible style, this book combines a thorough, systematic approach to technical knowledge with an emphasis on applying it in the practical training of the horse.