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Hunter Seat Equitation

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A classic by a world-renowned teacher and master equestrian--the definitive work on the art of teaching and riding the hunter seat, now updated to include refinements in Morris's insightful program of riding instruction.

B & W photographs throughout
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Doubleday
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Sep 07, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok
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This is best for an intermediate rider, a junior rider new to hunt seat showing, or someone new to teaching. There isn't anything new here for a more experienced rider, and his writing is too abstract, clunky, and jargon-heavy to serve as a good introduction for a beginner.

Of particular note to me as an applied animal behavior student: The chapter on "Working Principles in General" is really terrible. "Smart Horse: Understanding the Science of Natural Horsemanship" by Jennifer MacCleay provides
Jun 02, 2013 Everllarkpony rated it it was amazing
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Let's be honest here. This is, quite frankly, the Bible of everyone in the H/J world, and many eventers, too. When it comes to horses, there is no one more clear, witty, or well- educated as George Morris. If you haven't already; Read.
This. Book. NOW.
Meredith R.
Jun 03, 2013 Meredith R. rated it it was amazing
Author: George Morris
Genre: nonfiction
Pages: 198
Date: 5/29/13

This book is how to ride and show in hunt seat properly. It tells about diagonal, leads, how you should look, and different types of jumps. Also about patterns, bending lines, simple lead changes, and flying lead changes. It tells you how you should feel and look and what you should think about while riding, and how to get smooth transitions between gaits.
I find this book helpful and gave it five stars for a few reasons. My coach
Flora Wallace-Smith
Mar 02, 2016 Flora Wallace-Smith rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for anyone involved with horses, particularly English riding. Even though it is geared towards preparing a rider for the show ring, it covers all the basics anyone who wants to ride should know. It is the ultimate textbook on form, practice habits, and horsemanship. Some of the writing is a little dated, but the emphasis on correct equitation will never go out of style. The elements of developing a proper foundation with horses that this book covers will ensure a safe, succes ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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If there were more stars I'd give more stars, it is THE master studies class on riding taught by the master himself.
Jan 02, 2013 Christopher rated it really liked it
This book continues to give me what I need to advance in my riding. How could it not be dry though, as it is essentially a 'text' book approach to something that we who ride all know has to be 'lived' to be learned. Still, I really, really appreciate that Morris provides what most cannot here, a readable, informative, and detailed guide to the complexity of the rider/horse relationship in building performance. I think its a must to those advancing to hunter/jumper equitation.
Oct 05, 2012 Stacey rated it really liked it
So glad I finally read this. He does a beautiful job of explaining the detail of effective action. And I definitely respect his enthusiasm/demand for horsemanship as consistent and compassionate, and his appreciation of each horse for his/her particular strengths or weaknesses. I would have given this 5 stars if it weren't for the repugnant comments on women's looks. Perhaps telling of his age and no more, but sexist nonetheless.
Erin Caldwell
Jul 16, 2012 Erin Caldwell rated it really liked it
I finished this a while ago but forgot to mark it read. I really enjoyed reading this book, although since I borrowed it from a friend, I felt compelled to read it through and it's really a book you would want on your shelf to reference periodically. The photo plates were a little dated - many of the photos were from the 70s and 80s - and sometimes it was a little wordy, but overall it's worth a read if you ride hunt seat.
Sep 03, 2011 Rivkah. rated it it was amazing
I think the fact that George Morris wrote the book says enough! He gives such good advice in schooling not just rider and horse on the flat as well as jumps. The book tells you how to truely ride a horse efficiantly, and not just "sit and look pretty." I think it's a wonderful book to read for any seat.
Oct 14, 2012 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Good brush-up book for the intermediate/advanced equestrian. A beginner would benefit from reading this and practicing appropriate things with an instructor. It was a dull read for me as I would much rather be riding than reading but a good read nonetheless.
Nov 29, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it
This is an excellent resource for anybody who rides. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is I ended the book with some questions. He expressed a lot of the "how's", but I feel like he left out some of the "why's."
Jul 21, 2015 Caren rated it it was amazing
5 stars although very dated. Come on George, time for a new edition!! AHSA and other nostalgic reminders. Would love updated color photos too!
Melanie Sweet
Jan 29, 2012 Melanie Sweet rated it it was amazing
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George Morris is genius. He comes in second only to the owner of my barn in equestrians I respect.
Dec 10, 2014 Punky45 added it
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I didn't read every page but I read most of it. Great descriptions and encouragement!
Oct 27, 2015 Claire rated it it was amazing
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George Morris is king. And he knows what he's talking about. That is all.
Oct 16, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Was forced to read but you know.........
Bex W
Mar 24, 2012 Bex W rated it it was amazing
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Re-riders should alway consult the bible :)
May 22, 2011 Deborah rated it really liked it
constant and classic reference. Appalling sexism.
Sep 22, 2010 Christine rated it it was amazing
George Morris tells you how to ride.
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