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Horse Rider's Hacking Handbook

By Karen Bush , Stephen Jenkinson

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ISBN: 9781847972859
PUBLISHED: 05/08/2011
PAGES: 176
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 50 colour photographs 40 diagrams

The official manual of the Association of British Riding Schools

Whether you are a novice or more experienced rider, hacking out is one of the most pleasurable ways of spending time in the saddle. From tacking up to cooling down, this book is an essential guide to happy hacking on- and off-road.

Topics covered include:

  • Preparing yourself and your horse
  • Where you can go
  • Having fun, building trust and developing confidence
  • Coping with hazards and solving problems
  • Safety for horse and rider
  • Guidance for ride escorts

RRP: £14.99

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Latest Reviews
" This book is excellent. It's comprehensive and well-written, covering everything you might want to know about hacking. The chapters on terrain and hazards are particularly good - offering help and practical advice in areas that are sometimes overlooked. There's also good information on how to prepare for a hack and where you are allowed to ride in the countryside. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Horse & Rider BEST IN TEST 2012

" Goodness, who'd have thought there was so much information to be written about hacking! This comprehensive book covers all aspects of the activity from prep for horse and rider, what to wear, nervousness (again for horse and rider!), coping with hazards, and problem solving and safety - including essential advice for emergency situations.
The Horse Rider's Hacking Handbook is the essential guide for anyone contemplating tackling the great outdoors with their horse. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Horse & Rider

" The Horse rider's Hacking Handbook by Karen Bush and Stephen Jenkinson is a handy guide to hacking, the equipment you need, where you can go, and how to stay safe.
This book provides all the information you need to enjoy riding in the countryside. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Open Space

" The Horse Rider's Hacking Handbook is a well thought out, interesting and easy to read manual filled with great pictures and diagrams to help both the experienced and novice rider whilst out riding. It contains useful guidelines on all aspects of hacking including how to prepare for the ride and how to end it, as well as important information to help the rider hack safely and with confidence.
What makes this book stand apart from others are the essential safety aspects that run throughout the chapters, which discuss not only the dangers but also how the rider can deal with the situation if things go wrong. It explains clearly the many hazards that may occur, from making sure the horse and rider are fit for purpose, using the right equipment, where to ride and the weather to extensive information on access rights and the legal aspects of hacking. There are also easy to follow exercises that help both the rider and horse develop closer bonds and increase confidence and a very useful emergency telephone contact list.
The book also touches tentatively on more natural horsemanship such as your horse 'going barefoot' and more positive ways to help change your horse's behaviour.
I especially enjoyed the lovely countryside photographs taken on horseback with added horses ears. The fact that this book is written in an interesting way with clear text, numerous text boxes, beautiful photos and easy to follow diagrams makes it accessible to all riders of all capabilities. Overall The Horse Rider's Hacking Handbook is a must buy and will make a lovely addition to the equestrian coffee table.
Rosie Barclay "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: Rosie Barclay MPhil CCAB

" From a Rights Of Way Officer's point of view, the Handbook is to be recommended to riders as an aid to improving the standard of riding on bridleways and byways by giving riders accurate information and clear advice.
Also useful from an Access Manager's perspective, the Handbook provides advice for professional ride leaders and is worth recommending as essential reading if there is an occasion where rides from a riding school or trekking centre have been causing problems on rights of way. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Waymark

" "For so many riders who are woefully ill-informed about riding out, this is a great book to get them on the right track. Please excuse the pun!" Jackie Rowland - BHS Access Officer
The book provides a lot of information into a readable form, giving riders an overview of how to cope with any problems they might encounter, and how to find out about bridleways and access in their area. It gives some guidance on their rights, and responsibilities, and who to contact if things go wrong. It guides them towards where they can get more information, and there is a good index at the back.
So overall I would strongly recommend it "
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" I was delighted to be asked to review this new book which covers the wide range of issues that can affect us when we're out hacking. It discusses everything to do with riding out that you can possibly imagine and it's great to see it all written down and laid out in such a clear and easily accessible fashion and with a comprehensive index.
Overall I would recommend it as a good read and handy reference guide. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Endurance GB South East Newsletter

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