As Christmas draws near, several people have asked me what books I would recommend on hunter seat riding. There are three books recommended as part of the “Hunter Seat Equitation Manual” at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) website, so I will pass these recommendations on to you. In case you’re interested, the manual is located at the following website address: http://www.usef.org/documents/licensedofficials/HunterSeatJudgesManual.pdf
Here are the books:
Hunter Seat Equitation – George Morris, Doubleday, 1990. 195 pages with 105 black & white photos. First published in 1971, “Hunter Seat Equitation” has stood the test of time. The riding principles are as pertinent today as they were forty years ago when penned by a young George Morris, who was transitioning from a stellar riding career to an equally notable teaching career. Note: A former Olympian, George Morris is currently the Chef d’Equipe for the U.S. Show Jumping Team and is arguably the most successful riding instructor in the history of the sport. His book is clear and concise and has helped thousands of people improve their riding skills.
The Complete Guide to Hunter Seat Training, Showing and Judging – Anna Jane White-Mullin, Trafalger Square, Publ., 2008.352 pages with 288 color photos and diagrams. Yes, I’m on the list, too, and grateful for being included. About half of “The Complete Guide…” involves training and showing, while the other half is about how horses and riders are judged. The most updated version of, “Judging Hunters and Hunter Seat Equitation,” which was first published in 1984 and is now in its fourth edition, is part of this new book.
Give Your Horse a Chance–Lt. Col. A.L. d’Endrody, publ. 1971. 544 pages with 26 tables, 169 drawings, and 103 black and white photos. This book was first published in 1959.
Riding Logic–W. Museler, publ. 1971. 185 pages with 47 diagrams and 38 black and white photos. This book was first published in 1937.