When owning, training, riding, and showing horses, there is a certain "look” to which one aspires. No one knows how to do all of this better than those working as "professional grooms” for the world’s top riders and trainers. It is the responsibility of these elite experts to keep their four-legged charges happy, healthy, and primed for peak performance — in body and mind. Now, two of the best professional grooms in the business share their trade secrets, with over 1200 colour photographs demonstrating how to clean the horse from nose to tail; wrap, clip, braid, and ship him; prepare him for or present him in various English competitive scenarios; and care for him after work or showing so he is rested and ready to do it all again. The ultimate modern-day guide for all riders who want their horses to look and feel their best.
- The complete guide to daily care of keeping horses and preparing for competition
- Written by two professional grooms at the top of their game
- Everything you need to know with over 1200 photographs by Jessica Dailey
- Includes techniques for wrapping legs, bandaging tails, adding quarter marks and polishing the metal on tack
Cat Hill grew up in upstate New York on a working farm. She had a series of Arabian show horses and started riding show hunters through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Team at the University of Geneseo. Through the years she has worked the Winter Equestrian Festival for a Grand Prix Showjumping rider, managed an AA Hunter barn and has worked at almost every type of competition.
Emma Ford from North Devon was brought up in the hunt field with her father as Master of the Foxhounds. She grew up in the Pony Club system, culminating with jumping at the Horse of the Year Show in 1991. She has groomed at almost every four-star event in the world, and has been a member of the US Eventing Team at multiple Olympic, World, and Pan American Games.
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading The English Rider's Complete Guide to Daily Care and Competition ISBN 9781570766909 Author Cat Hill and Emma Ford with photography by Jessica Dailey Binding Concealed spiral casebound Extent 248 pages, 254 x 229mm Illustrations 1276 colour photographs Ebook No
'Together they have developed this complete guide to keeping horses smart for daily riding, ready for competition and simply looking fabulous, happy, healthy and sound. From the really basic horse care to top level competition management and turnout, just about everything you can think of is covered and it’s interesting to see how world-class professional grooms go about their routine work.' Wendy Parsons, The Essex Rider Monthly
'Written by the famed Emma Ford and Cat Hill, both of whom have been professional grooms at the top level for many years now, World-Class Grooming is nothing if not comprehensive. The beauty of this book lies in the fact that not only does it give detailed instruction on the basics of how to beautify and prepare your horse for any situation, but the authors fully recognise that a beautiful horse comes from proper management techniques and the perfection is in the details... With decades of experience between the two of them, Emma and Cat have outlined everything from the nitty gritty schedule of a working groom, to the proper way to cool out a horse after a workout, how to jog them up, how to clip, all show preparation and grooming, tacking for different disciplines and tips on how to keep an eye on medical needs and leg soundness. With 13 chapters and 218 packed full of info, there is little about the care and maintenance of a sport horse that you will not find within these pages...This is not just an instructional book, but a book that is filled with advice well rooted in personal experience and tried and true methods... This book is one of the best instructional manuals I have ever read.' Eventing Nation
'Emma Ford and Cat Hill have taken their careers as professional grooms to another level. The pride they take in their work and the skill they exhibit in both keeping horses at home and preparing them for competition are unparalleled. We can all learn from them and be better horsemen for it.' Phillip Dutton, 5-time Olympic equestrian with 2 Gold medals
'It s all there in one spiral-bound book, making it a great resource for experienced horsemen and novices alike, and it should be considered required reading for those looking into working student or groom positions. ... Whether you re looking for instructions on how to do hunter braids, wrap a leg properly, or adjust a figure-eight noseband, you can be sure Ford and Hill have done it thousands of times, and they re eager to share their knowledge.' Chronicle of the Horse
'What a wonderful book! What the authors have done here is absolutely tops. It doesn t matter your discipline eventing, dressage, hunters, jumpers, or even Western you ll find invaluable information here. And there s something to learn whatever your level novice, professional, or anywhere in between. World-Class Grooming for Horses is so needed it is the only book out there like it. Anyone can benefit from it, and I highly recommend it.' Jeff Cook, hunter/jumper trainer
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