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4th Gear - Power Up Your Endurance Horse [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Summers , Sandy Cheek , Susan Summers
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

My intent in writing 4th gear is to provide cutting edge information to all endurance riders that will help them and their horses reach their goals. We will cover many subjects you may have been in doubt about and hopefully a couple that you hadn’t much considered yet. I will raise as many questions as answers and call on you the reader to tap your inner horseman to come up with solutions yourself to the challenges that will arise. This is a skill that will in large part determine your success and satisfaction in this greatest of equestrian sports. These endurance horses are extreme athletes of the highest caliber. Together let’s develop a program that will bring out their best.


Product Details

  • File Size: 862 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Animal House; First Edition edition (April 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SA11YO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4th Gear, it's all progress! April 13, 2012
Dennis hits his subjects head on and doesn't mince words. His AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference) record speaks for itself, with several thousand miles riding horses with many miles, most in the top 5, and several best condition awards to his credit. This book is a must read for anyone wanting to take their horse to the "next level" of endurance riding/racing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For the serious endurance rider April 21, 2013
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A little too technical for me, and I didn't care for the writing style. It's written for an advanced endurance rider. I would have liked to have seen pictures, for example he writes at great length describing the conformation of his ideal mount. I would have liked it followed up by a real picture and not hand drawn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for experienced endurance riders... February 28, 2013
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As long-time, usually Top Ten, but not typically a 1st place or B.C. rider, I thought that Dennis's book opened up a new realm of possibilities for the experienced endurance rider. Lots of ancedotes, which we probably all can relate to, really helped the book move along. Solid, realistic advice, too. I doubt I will come up with the funds to buy a "Euro-cizer", though. I think that that one piece of expensive equipment is a "game-changer" as far as allowing the endurance horse to not only win competitions, but in some cases, exceed performance levels gained through more traditional means. (Yes, I'm the poor soul who does the long, slow distance, day after day after day. ) Does the ownership and usage of the device make it a fair competition? I'll save that debate for another time......That said, ALL ENDURANCE RIDERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE, SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!

Sorry, I had to give the book 4.9 stars instead the "winning 5". Just a personal bias, though. I thought the book needed better editing. Most E-riders wouldn't find the mis-use of the words "to" and "too", (plus some needed punctuation) a big deal. The good information in the book more than makes up for the occasional English error. Again, aLL ENDURANCE RIDERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE, SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upping your Endurance Game August 16, 2012
When I want advice, I want it from the best in the business. Dennis and his wife/shoer Sue are indeed two of the best in the sport of endurance. They have accrued literally thousands of tough and competitive endurance miles, and in this book, they share some of their best strategies for moving up a level in endurance.
If you want to improve your horse's performance, this book has strategies to make it happen. Dennis covers not just how to train your horse, but how you as a rider can make a horse's job easier. I like his systematic and thoughtful way of reasoning about shoeing, confirmation, and training. It's really apparent that this book is a culmination of many years of experimentation and effort.
I'm impatiently waiting for 5th Gear. Let's GO!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4th Gear - Cruise Control June 7, 2012
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This is a great book! It's also a fun read. It covers all the bases that the AERC Endurance Rider's Handbook hits but in a significantly more thorough and advanced fashion.
This is my third year in the sport and while I've prepared very hard and been well-exposed, this book reveals various insights to successful competition at the highest level. The point of view is from an athlete and competitor that loves and protects his horses. The themes of competitiveness, preparation, and the primacy of the horse's well-being are developed and very beneficial. I got a lot out of this book and consider it a competitive advantage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, ride it November 23, 2012
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Anyone with a sound horse and enough time to condition can enjoy endurance riding and do reasonably well. Competing is another matter. Dennis Summers knows all about that, and he shares his strategic thinking, his attention to critical detail, and what he has learned over the years about horsemanship, hoof care and starting young horses on the trail. The style is pungent, the pace is fast, and there is no preaching. Really, why would you NOT read this book?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read September 6, 2012
By KaySD
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Great read - enjoyed the candid details about horses and the sport itself. Funny and clever with thoughtful insight into choosing a horse, training it and maybe riding in the Tevis Cup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! August 16, 2012
By Marlene
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Very informative, honest, humorous, motivating and inspiring book. Even the non-endurance person can use this book to reach their athletic goals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Changer
Excellent book to help step up your game! Well written and interesting even if you never plan to do a fast 50 or a 100. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Talea Metivier
3.0 out of 5 stars A professional editor would have made for a much better read.
Dennis obviously has tremendous knowledge and experience. A professional editor would have made for a much better read.
Published 2 months ago by Errol Fife
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Easy to read and very informative a must read for any endurance rider interested in getting the best out of their horse and themselves.
Published 9 months ago by Pauline Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is an excellent book , if you are a beginner or an experienced endurance rider you will find some great info and tips in this book. I highly recommend this book.
Published 12 months ago by Drin Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars CANT PUT IT DOWN!
Easy to read and follow. I know I will read it over and over again. Very good information geared towards the competitive rider!
Published 13 months ago by Kristine
5.0 out of 5 stars Endurance horse book
This is filled with wonderful tips for any stage of endurance riding. Very helpful info to learn about the world of endurance.
Published 15 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read
I have really enjoyed reading this book. I am a newby to endurance and reading everything I can get my hands on to learn about the sport. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Karri
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