Know Better to Do Better

Know Better to Do Better

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Here you’ll find smart, honest straight talk intended to help equestrians at all levels from Gold medalist and renowned rider and coach Denny Emerson.

From basics like aids and equipment to more specialized subjects, such as rider fitness, emotional control, and how to determine what success with your horse really means, readers will gain valuable, hard-won knowledge. 



With horses we don’t get a “do-over button”, as much as we’d sometimes like one. We have to live with the choices we make, even when—looking back—we know there might have been a better way to communicate, a different way to teach a new lesson, or another means to reach the desired end.

In this smart, honest book, chock-full of valuable information, gold medalist and renowned rider and coach Denny Emerson uses stories of the standout horses from his own riding career, which spans almost 70 years, to detail some of the things he wishes he’d known then that he knows now. With a candid willingness to share the mistakes he’s made over the years, and clearly articulated ideas on how others can avoid them, he commits himself and those reading to finding more conscientious ways to ride, train, and work with horses. From basics like aids and equipment, to more specialised subjects—such as rider fitness, emotional control, and how to determine what success with your horse really means—riders of all skill levels will gain valuable, hard-won knowledge from his bite-size lessons in life and in horsemanship. Perhaps most importantly, Emerson insists that it is never too late to change, both for the good of the horse and the good of oneself.

About Denny Emerson

Denny Emerson has ridden thousands of horses over many thousands of miles in all kinds of horse sports.

He has been president of the US Eventing Association (USEA) and the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA), and a vice-president of the US Equestrian Team (USET).

He has been inducted into three Halls of Fame: the USEA Hall of Fame, the Vermont Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Dartmouth College Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was named 'One of the 50 Most Influential Horsemen of the 20th Century by The Chronicle of the Horse.

He is also the author of How Good Riders Get Good. The author splits time between Strafford, Vermont and Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Book Specifications

Additional Information

Sub Heading Mistakes I Made with Horses (So You Don't Have To)
ISBN 9781570768958
Author Denny Emerson
Binding Hardback
Extent 252 pages, 222x184mm
Illustrations Photographs
Ebook No

'I started to flick through and came to this early paragraph: "I've always found hearing something again and again in a slightly different way enables me to suddenly 'get it' and so I've I've tried to come at things from different angles." Whether teaching or learning I know this is the truth, and I started to get excited! As I stopped flicking and started reading, I realised I'd come across an author and horseman with real nuggets of wisdom to offer and much more. Denny Emerson can not only teach us new things but also validate beliefs that in Intelligent Horsemanship we 'know', yet find reassuring to hear from a horseman with such impressive credentials.' Kelly Marks, IH Magazine (Intelligent Horsemanship)

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