ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RICK PELICANO has ridden all of his life, and in 1982, joined the Maryland National Capitol Park Police where he has been responsible for the training of new officers and working with literally hundreds of different horses of every breed and discipline. In his spare time, he has shared his methods by giving "bombproofing" clinics to area riders. Sergeant Pelicano is accredited through the American Riding Instructor Certification Program, and was named Instructor of the Year in 1995. He lives in Frederick, Maryland.
ABOUT THE BOOK
By providing step-by-step instruction that will teach you and your horse from the simplest of necessary skills-crossing a stream, for example-to advanced situations like maneuvering in traffic or riding in parades, Pelicano proves that you can indeed prepare for the unknown, and along the way, create a better partnership with your mount. His methods do not necessitate the purchase of special equipment or the possession of mystical skills, only patience, interest, a little creativity, and your hard hat.
Chapters include information on:
- effective use of the aids
- influencing your horse's thinking
- strategies for difficult situations
- "unlearning" bad habits
- specific skills every horse should possess
- riding in formation and parades