There are many horses out there that express discomfort and/or discontent in a variety of troublesome ways. These are the common problems riders at all levels deal with on a regular basis, such as bucking, rearing, bolting, pulling, grinding teeth, refusing fences, and running out, to name only a very few!
The good news is, many times these behaviors have their root in poor riding and training. How is this a good thing? It means that in most cases, an honest self-assessment of your riding skill set, a list of achievable goals to improve your position and aiding, and a broadened repertoire of solid schooling exercises can give you all the tools you need to “fix” the problem you may be experiencing now, and those you may face in the future.
Doug Payne has made a name for himself in equestrian circles as the “go-to guy” when it comes to finding a way forward with “problem horses.” Now he’s sharing his tips and techniques for solving some of the most common contact issues, unruly outbursts, and jumping problems riders experience. In THE RIDING HORSE REPAIR MANUAL you’ll find causes for problem behavior—from physical issues to “holes” in the horse’s education—as well as dozens of safe and professionally tested solutions and step-by-step exercises.
Throughout, unbelievably detailed photo series provide micro-moments in the saddle, enabling you to observe the minute changes in your seat and your aids that can ultimately lead to major changes in your horse’s behavior.
Author: Doug Payne
Author Notes: DOUG PAYNE is well known as the competitor, judge, and trainer to turn to—whether your goal is to develop your talented young horse into an international star or you are simply trying to remedy a complicated behavioral problem. Doug is a USEF Judge and Technical Delegate and a USEA ICP Certified Instructor. He might be best known in the discipline of eventing, where he has won countless national and international competitions, from Beginner Novice through Advanced. He has successfully competed through the FEI CCI**** level and for the US at the Boekelo CCI*** Nations Cup. Since 2010, Doug has been listed with multiple horses on the USEF High Performance List.
Doug has also had international success in dressage, competing through FEI Intermediaire I and earning multiple regional year-end awards at the FEI levels. In addition, he has ridden multiple horses from the lowest levels through Grand Prix in the show jumping ring. Doug is regularly featured in top equestrian publications, including Practical Horseman, US Eventing Magazine, The Chronicle of the Horse, Eventing Nation, and New Jersey Countryside. He also produced the acclaimed instructional DVD The Rider’s Eye with renowned eventer and horseman Jim Wofford.