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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580170307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580170307
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Experience the thrills, challenges, and fun of Western riding!

Beginning riders and Western riders of all ages and skill levels will love this complete guide to the exciting world of Western riding. Veteran rider and trainer Charlene Strickland takes you step-by-step through the process of becoming an effective rider, from evaluating a horse to dressing for style and safety.

Choosing a Western Horse: Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, Paint, Palomino and more

Tacking Up: Fitting a saddle, Choosing a bit, Tack care, Proper attire

Tips and Techniques: Choosing an instuctor, Conditioning, Training, Problem solving

Competitive Events: Trail riding, Equitation, Endurance riding, Horse shows

About the Author

Author of The Basics of Western Riding, Western Practice Lessons, and Competing in Western Shows & Events, equestrian journalist Charlene Strickland has published more than 600 articles on horse care, saddlery, dressage, jumping, eventing, vaulting, and similar topics. Her articles have appeared in The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse Show, The Horse, and Dressage. Strickland is a member of the U.S. Dressage Federation, the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists, the Authors Guild, and the Society for Technical Communication. She has ridden and shown Western, hunt seat, and dressage. She is a senior technical editor with Science Applications International Corporation and lives with her husband, Geoff, in New Mexico.


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"Write for the reader" is her guideline. When Charlene Strickland launches any writing project, she plans to deliver what readers expect.
She started her writing career producing how-to articles on horse care that she wanted to read. She's continued that reader-centric approach in everything she writes--books, articles, Web pages, and horse show report--always asking, "What would the reader want to know?"
Beginning with her first article, "Horse Blankets: Choosing and Using" (Horse of Course, October 1978), Strickland has published 8 books and over 800 articles. She's earned awards for her magazine work, from the US Equestrian Federation (formerly American Horse Shows Association), The Chronicle of the Horse magazine, the All Industry Media awards, and the Society for Technical Communication.
Strickland continues to write about horse care and training, equine health, saddlery, and sport horse breeding. She first rode Western, and four of her books are on Western riding, all from Storey Publishing.
She has reported on events in Europe and the Americas, including Peru (National Paso Horse Tournament) and the Dominican Republic (Pan-American Games), four World Equestrian Games: 1990 Stockholm, 1998 Rome, 2002 Jerez de la Frontera, 2006, Aachen, Germany; and in 2005, the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany. Closer to home, this native Californian covered the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and all World Cups in Las Vegas: 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009.
What was her favorite World Equestrian Games? "Stockholm, because it was the first. The cross-country day was amazing, with 150,000 spectators!"
Rome was the venue where she nabbed a notable scoop. "I was only U.S. writer on site at the vaulting venue, at the riding club Santa Barbara north of the city. During the Games in 1998, vaulting was the only discipline where the U.S. earned any medals: one each in Gold, Silver, and Bronze."
Her toughest article subject? "Interviewing a TV star at the LA Equestrian Center about his equestrian career. Not only was he flippant during the interview, but my tape recorder's batteries were dead and yet two more celebrities popped in to interrupt our so-called exclusive tackroom meeting."
One of her specialties is introducing talented personalities to readers, meeting them through her network of equestrian contacts. "In the 1990s, I wrote the first U.S. profiles on Rudolf Zeilinger, Steffen Peters, and Michelle Gibson, and in 2005, Catherine Haddad." She's also profiled celebrity horses, such as Natalie Rooney's eventing star, Aladdin; Amy Tryon's eventer Poggio II; the Hannoverian state stallion, Waterford; dressage breeding stallion, Contango; and Contiano, the champion of the 2010 North American Stallion Testing.
For print magazines, she writes for Warmbloods Today, Paint Horse Journal, and Stable Management. She was a Contributing Editor with Tack 'n Togs and submitted monthly columns to The Horse and Horse Illustrated.
Strickland wrote her early articles on an electric typewriter, and in 1984 switched to a computer--just in time to write her first book. She's now using her ninth PC, along with an iPad. In 1995, she developed her first Web pages using software on UNIX and Macintosh computers.
As a photographer, Strickland started as a video producer, before switching to still photography. She shoots images for her articles and books, using Nikon cameras and now shooting completely digital.
An amateur rider from Bosque Farms, New Mexico, Strickland has shown Quarter Horses in Western, hunt seat, and dressage. She is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists.

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I loved this book! I have just bought my own quarter horse and read many interesting things in this book that helped gaining more knowledge about western riding, horses, tack and training. I think it is a very good book for people who are starting out with western riding and/or are thinking about buying their own horse.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
For a book that is titled 'The Basics', there was way too much jargon with no explanation. For example, there is a paragraph that tell the reader to 'learn the difference between the two types of hands, the fixed and the following', but then there is no explanation of the differences or even what either means. It also references different parts of the horse without explanation, such as the 'withers'. I did finally find an appendix that explains some of the terms, but it is never referenced in the book, and it does not explain all of the terms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Bishop on March 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
. I have read this book with confounded astonishment!

The pictures are not descriptive of the material, even the breeds are not accurately drawn.

Pictures of horses being jerked around! Pictures of poor horsemanship! Pictures that are poor examples to new horse lovers.

Probably the worst horse book I have read. And I have over 1000 horse books. I bought the book at a second hand store, and I am glad I did because it keeps it out of the hands of an unsuspecting public.

I have never seen such misinformation, not even the lope leads are described in a comprehensible or correct manner.

They have a picture of a girl adjusting her stirrups without even holding the horse, an accident looking for a place to happen. You never do ANYTHING to a horse without having control of the animal.

If a new horse person went by the instructions in this book, they would be riding for a fall, which the author points out will probably happen. They even point this out more than once!

I was very disappointed.

It has a whole list of confirmation points and how they are supposed to be (and many are incorrect), but they do not have any place showing where these points are, and where the horse has some parts listed they are not all in the right place!

When a whole chapter is listed for trail riding competitions, these are advanced and for people with lots of experience, not a novice.

While mentioning risk as a common factor, this book adds to that risk by not showing safe ways to handle the horse.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Bell on September 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when I made the change to western riding and it gives a great over view of Western Riding from the tack to riding and horses. A great book for the beginner.
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