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Real Riding: How to Ride in Harmony with Horses [Paperback]

Perry Wood
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30 Aug 2002
"Real Riding" offers different ways to approach traditional and natural principles of horsemanship. The emphasis throughout is on employing empathy and understanding and looking at things from the horse's point of view. It sheds light on common misconceptions, difficulties and contradictions, and the pages are crammed with exercises, simple "tricks" and things to do that can make a real difference. Perry Wood aims to put harmony with horses within grasp of every rider and brings the art of riding into the 21st century.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kenilworth Press Ltd (30 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872119514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872119519
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 18.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Perry Wood has spent a considerable number of years developing his unique approach to training horses and riders, blending the best of many sources, both traditional and cutting-edge. His philosophy is one of empathy and understanding towards the horse, lightness and communication, self-awareness in body and mind, classical principles, real results - and Real Riding. He has lived in Exmoor for the last twelve years, where he has bred and started young horses, run adult riding vacations and courses, and trained horses naturally and classically. He now teaches Real Riding at clinics in various locations, trains horses and riders, and coaches corporate executives in their leadership through intra-and inter-personal skills using horses to effect high-speed change.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real pleasure 23 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Excellent book that made me alternate between feelings of guilt and howls of laughter. I was even glued to it preparing for a show. The format is excellent you can jump between sections that your most interested in as I started but I'm sure you'll end up reading cover to cover. Excellent summary's to allow for memory joggers and tips. And the chasing tiger really helps motivate the slowest horse
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book a horse has written 27 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
from Margrit Coates author of ' Healing for Horses'
The horse has been waiting for this book . A book that the horse would in fact have written for himself if he could use a computer. For too long the horse world has been full of riding/training books that don't really help horses or address the real issues . Every horse lover should read this book - the horse has already .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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As a returner to riding and having started lessons in a riding school, this conflicted with their way of teaching, bearing in mind that school horses are hardened to most things, kicking & turning etc has to be forceful or they just dont 'listen'!! However I now share a horse with an excellent rider who competes in cross country, this horse can be turned on a sixpence with the lightest of aids, so this book is brilliant, love it, it compliments the way I'm now being taught and how I personally believe a horse should be treated. Fantastic, entertaining, funny, and very informative book, every rider and teacher should own one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A People Book for Horses 31 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fantastic. Everything within this book makes sense. Lets you know how to work in partnership with your horse. Easy to read from cover to cover, or to dip into as needed
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is a great book whether you are a seasoned professional looking for another viewpoint or a complete beginner - wanting to get the right start. I love the format - It is very easy reading - I have to admit being completely biased as the sense of humour is right up my street but in my opinion adds to the complete honesty of this book.

The book is nonetheless very accurate and correct in its assessment of many difficulties and problems met by the student and then sends them on the right path. It is very correct in its technical knowledge and its ability to break down the art of higher skills to make them within the reach of all of us is very encouraging for those less experienced and yet offers many insights for experienced riders.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a book about riding that's fun to read 28 Mar 2003
By Buck T
Format:Paperback
This book is not only fun to read but will also enable the reader to make some real (positive) differences in their riding. Thoroughly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book is excellent. It is written in an intelligent manner and is full of common sense advice that the everday rider can easily put into practice. What I really like about it is there is none of the evangelism that tends to permeate riding manuals these days. Also absent is the hard sell for this or that peice of equipment that you can only buy from the author's website. This is a no-nonsense, honest book. It has genuinely helped me to review my riding and the results are tangible. Thanks Perry, this is a book that makes a difference!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Riding;Perry Wood 6 Jun 2012
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This is simply the best book I have read on riding horses (and I have read a few) It is easy to read, straightforward, not pompus or too technical, funny, not airey-fairey, heart-warming and very psychologically astute.I bought it when I realised my dream of having a horse and learning to ride in my 50s, taking on a 4 year old rescue piebalb cob.
He is a lovely creature, very self-possessed despite his humble origins but hasn't been easy to ride. Some of this has been issues with my confidence and negative experiences/ expectations, selectively hanging on to the bad bits, being over-awed by his magnificence, making excuses etc (which Perry explores and has settled very well) but my man Stanley isn't easy.
However with Perry's help I feel that I am making very real progress and genuinely feel braver, optimistic, confident (most of the time) and so much closer and 'in tune' with my horse. Perry's outlook has resonated with me and helped to keep me in there and focused. The practical exercises eg. visualisation, modelling etc are invaluable and I am so pleased that I stumbled across this largely unsung book, which is invaluable and stands out as the best book on the subject, ever!
Thoroughly recommended!!!If you want to ride well and love your horse buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Perry has a lovely humorous way of getting things across, not with standing he is a talented man, artist, muscician and singer to boot
Published 3 months ago by sue bucknell
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like this!
Great, well written guide by Perry Wood and yes he does come out with some funny things! He describes the exercises well and so are easy to follow. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Kaidas
5.0 out of 5 stars very good for any rider
Surprisingly good book, I have had many books I bought to help me, but this one was the one to finally make me realize why to do this and this certain way and how the horse... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Radka
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing book
This book is filled with easy to accomplish exercises, that work! This is easy to read and it brings humour, I have definately had several laugh out loud moments. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Riding - good reading
I would recommend Perry's book to anyone interested in improving their horsemanship and understanding of horses, which is paramount before mastering good riding techniques.
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Niki
5.0 out of 5 stars just what i needed!
I was drawn to this book after attending an excellent natural horsemanship demo, as wanted to learn more about their techniques. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by anni
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a rider - read this book!!!
Wonderful book, wriitten with a great sense of humor, but also with facts about the important work to be made for establishing cooporation with the horse. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2011 by Camilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Horse Lover
What a fabulous and rare book. Compassion, dignity and clarity from a real horseman. Also very funny and will make you laugh!
Published on 22 July 2010 by Student
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book really helped with my riding!!
This booked really helped with my riding,,,,the sense of humour helps keep u interested and it makes the horse riding world a little easier to understand especially for a woman... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2010 by Mrs. P. M. Morris
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